Your First Competition
There are fencing competitions for all ages and abilities! Once you've decided you'd like to compete, you'll need a USA Fencing membership, a full competition kit, and a positive attitude.
BFC has a fully stocked store where fencers can purchase a new set of competition equipment. We recommend at least two weapons and at least two body cords, in addition to other required equipment.
A USA Fencing membership is required for all competitions. Take a screenshot or print your membership barcode, you'll need it to check in at events. See info on the specific competition type to understand which membership you need.
Local tournaments are competitions which are attended primarily by fencers living and training nearby and which do not award national or regional ranking points. Fencers can earn a letter rating at local tournaments.
Local events are separated by age group (from Y10 (10 & under) to Vet (40+) events) and ability, so that fencers can compete in an environment best suited to their level. Most Boston-area local events are hosted by BFC or Worcester Fencing Club and there are also well-attended events in southern NH and central CT. All local tournament registration is taken through askfred.net and requires at least an 'access' membership to USA Fencing.
Regional competitions include the Regional Youth Circuit (RYC), Super Youth Circuit (SYC), Regional Junior & Cadet Circuit (RJCC), and Regional Open Circuit (ROC). Fencers attending regional events can earn regional ranking points in their age group or ROC division. USFA 'competitive' membership is required.
BFC is part of USA Fencing Region 3, which includes New England, NY, NJ, and PA. Regional events are often larger and more competitive than locals and are a stepping stone to national competition. In some cases, regional events serve as a qualification path to nationals. Our coaches have recommended regional competitions for BFC fencers. Fencers competing regionally should take at least 1 private lesson per week.
North American Cups (NACs) offer high-level experience for fencers in all age groups and serve as national team selection events for cadet fencers and older. Fencers hoping to compete in college, fence internationally, or simply reach their highest potential should compete at NACs.
NACs and National Championship events are held throughout the country and organized by age group and division. If you are interested in competing nationally, you should discuss with your coach and consult the athlete handbook and qualification path information on the USA Fencing website.
BFC fencers competing nationally should be taking at least 1-2 private lessons per week.
Find a list of upcoming tournaments recommended by our coaches for BFC athletes below and visit the member portal for the BFC strip coaching fee schedule.
BFC members are expected to represent the Club positively and respectfully. BFC members should have BFC warmups and a patch on their uniforms at all competitions (first patch is free for members. Please ask at the front desk.)
BFC members who have more questions about competitions should contact their coach or the front desk and we would be happy to assist.
2022-23 Age Chart
Born 2006-2009 (through JOs)
Born 2003-2009 (through JOs)
Born 2009 or earlier
Born 1983 or earlier