NCAA Fencing Explained

The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) fencing combines the three divisions: Division I, Division II, and Division III into a combined National Collegiate Sport. There are divisional difference for recruiting, scholarships, and various other rules. NCAA Fencing is composed of:

  • 44 women’s teams, 35 men’s teams. Most men and women teams operate combined.
  • On average, over the past 5 years: Over 1300 student-athletes; 700 female, 632 male

What is a Typical Team Season Schedule?

The NCAA season typically starts in the Fall with teams starting to train around September. There are a variety of types of competitions that teams will participate in:

  • USA Fencing events – often as individuals, but some programs will fund/host as travel as a team
  • Individual Collegiate Events – these are effectively preseason/exhibition for the teams to get themselves ready for regular season competition. These events typically do not count toward individual or team record.
  • Regular Season Events – Typically called dual meets or invitationals, these events will feature anywhere from 4-5 teams to 15-16 teams competing against each other over the course of a weekend. The number of events that a team attends varies drastically from team to team, but the maximum number of dates a team is allowed to compete in collegiate competition is 11.
  • Conference Championship Events – Many teams are members of conference which allows them to compete in a conference championship event. A few that you may have heard of: ACC, Ivy League, CCFC, Mountain Pacific Sport Federation, etc.
  • NCAA Regionals and Championship – The NCAA breaks the postseason into two parts:
  • Regionals – is the qualification event to the Finals site, also called the NCAA Fencing Championship. There are four regions: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic/South, Midwest, and West.  Athletes qualify for each region based on their results during the season up to 12 per school, per gender.
  • Championship –takes place over four days with two day assigned for. Team champion is determined based on the total bouts won by members of each team.Athletes qualify from each region based on their finish at the regional qualifier and their regular-season performance