About the Regional Open Circuit (ROC)
The Regional Open Circuit (ROC) is designed to promote and develop strong regional tournaments for the Open/Division I-A fencer who seeks competitive opportunities beyond the local and division levels but below the NAC Division I level. Other competitive opportunities in the ROC tournaments are provided for Veteran (40 & Older) and Division II (C, D, E or U) fencers. Please check the events calendar for more tournament dates.
ROC tournaments are open to current USA Fencing competitive members eligible to fence in Open competitions and to foreign fencers with current FIE licenses.
After receiving the results, the National Office will send an online survey to all participants requesting their feedback.
ROC Qualification for National Championships
Regional Open Circuit tournaments are open to current USA Fencing competitive members eligible to fence in Open competitions and to foreign fencers with current FIE licenses. However, foreign fencers are not eligible to compete in USA Fencing National Championship events. In the event that a foreign fencer finishes within the qualifying group, the foreign fencer will be skipped and only the highest-finishing eligible domestic fencers will qualify.
Qualification Path to Veteran Nationals from the ROCs
- Fence in your weapon event(s) at any ROC during the current season.
Qualification Path to Div 1A Nationals from the ROCs
- Be on the current season's Division I-A Regional Open Circuit point standings at the regular fee entry deadline for the 2019 USA Fencing National Championships.
- Be in the top 8 of the Division II Regional Open Circuit point standings at the regular fee entry deadline for the 2019 USA Fencing National Championships.
Qualification Path to Div 2 & Div 3 Nationals from the ROCs
- Be on the current season's DV1-A Regional Open Circuit point standings (must meet classification requirements) at the regular fee entry deadline for the 2019 USA Fencing National Championships.
- Be on the Division II Regional Open Circuit point standings at the regular fee entry deadline for the 2019 USA Fencing National Championships.
How to Earn Regional Points
In each ROC category (Division I-A, Division II, and Veterans) competitions will award points to the top 40% of the competitive field (rounded up to the next higher integer) to a maximum of 64th place, using the point tables for regional competitions found in Appendix 2.5.
Only the best 3 results, in each respective category, count towards the point total. These points may qualify D1A, DV2, and Veteran ROC fencers to the USA Fencing National Championships in D1A, DV2, DV3, and Veteran. For qualification path details, refer to chapter 2.
ROCs must have at least 2 competitors and cannot be fenced as mixed gender.
Please refer to Chapters 3 of the Athlete Handbook for more details on points.
The Regional Open Circuit (ROC) point standings are not used for seeding National level tournaments. Only ROC events award regional ranking points.
- Saturday, April 6th, 2019:
7:30 am - Doors open
9:00 am - Senior Men's Foil & Senior Women's Epee
1:00 pm - Senior Men's Epee & Senior Women's Foil
- Sunday, April 7th, 2019:
7:30 am - Doors open
9:00 am - Senior Men's Saber
12:30 pm - Senior Women's Saber
Arrive early to get your equipment checked! We will be running on a strict schedule so your promptness is appreciated.
All events will be fenced as a single round of pools, followed by straight direct-elimination, no fence-off for third.
Medals will be awarded to the top 8 finishers in all events
Registration & Fees
- Registration is through USFencing: https://member.usafencing.org/details/tournaments/3262
- The Open Period Price ends at 11:59pm on 3/16/19.
Open Period Admin Fee: $5
Open Period Registration Fee: $24
Open Period Sanction Fee: $6
Open Period Event Fee: $40
- The Late Period Price begins on 3/17/19 and ends at 11:59pm on 4/2/19.
Late Period Admin Fee: $15
Late Period Registration Fee: $72
Late Period Sanction Fee: $6
Late Period Event Fee: $120
- Registrations will not be accepted after 11:59pm on 4/2/18. NO EXCEPTIONS. All registrations must be completed on the USFencing platform.
The Bout Committee must use the current rating and points information found on the USFA website for seeding purposes. Please verify that your rating and points standing are correct with the USFA, and contact the National Office to resolve any discrepancies prior to the tournament.
Seeding will be determined USFA Letter Ranking with year classification. Athletes of the same classification/year will be seeded randomly within their criteria.
It is the fencer's responsibility to notify the Bout Committee of any registration discrepancies before the close of check-in for the event. (I.e. wrong club, wrong rating, misspelled name, etc.) As this information comes directly from askFRED, fencers should make sure their FRED profiles are up-to-date!
Fencers competing must be current competitive members of the US Fencing Association, registered with the USFA. To become a member or renew your membership, please visit https://www.usfencing.org
Please note that all memberships expire on July 31st, so if you have not renewed since July 31st you are not a current member. One-day memberships are not valid for this tournament. If you do not have a membership at check-in, you will be required to sign up for one on the day of the tournament. Your USFA membership card will be checked during check-in, so please make sure you have it with you!
Fencers must follow the age and classification restrictions set forth by the USFA.
All USA Fencing uniform requirements apply. This includes the mandatory use of knickers, long socks, and underarm protectors. Names are NOT required to be on the uniform.
The Armory Equipment Check will test the mask, lame (as appropriate), sabre cuffs, head cords, and body cords. Items that have passed inspection will be specially marked, and directors will be checking for these marks prior to the start of fencing. Full Armory Equipment Check is required for all competitors, with no exceptions. Fencers only need to have their equipment passed once for the duration of the ROC.
Fencers in the Portland area can get their equipment checked prior to the event at the Northwest Fencing Center on the following days and times:
Friday, April 5th, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
The event will be held at: Northwest Fencing Center, 4950 SW Western Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005
For directions, visit http://www.nwfencing.org
Equipment will be available for purchase.
We will have healthy snacks available for purchase. A food cart corner is also located around the building.
The nearest airport is Portland Int'l Airport (PDX).
Portland has a light-rail network called the MAX. Trains leave from Portland Int'l every 15 minutes and arrive at the Beaverton Transit Center 1 hour later. From Beaverton TC, taxis are available for hotel or venue transportation.
For more information on public transit, visit http://www.trimet.org