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MI DIV provides official sanctioning for fencing tournaments organized by member fencing clubs, subject to USA Fencing rules and regulations. Sanctioned tournaments are insured by USA Fencing and give fencers an opportunity to earn nationally-recognized ratings (A-E). The Division runs two qualifying tournaments each year where MI DIV fencers can qualify for national-level championships. The Junior Olympic Qualifier (Junior and Cadet) is held late Nov/early Dec, and the Summer Nationals Qualifier (Div II, Div III, and Y-14) is held in spring.

The Division keeps and maintains an inventory of grounded strips and scoring equipment (scoring machines, reels, weights, shims, etc.) which is made available to local tournament organizers.

Tournament Sanctioning Request

The Division will do its best to honor all request.

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All sanctioning requests must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the tournament date.

The competition venue must be laid out in adherence with the minimum standards set forth in this document: Minimum Standards For Sanctioned Tournaments.


All USFA rules must be enforced. USFA’s SafeSport requirements apply, including that all required tournament personnel have current Professional member status (i.e., have successfully passed the USFA’s background check).

USFA Membership must be verified for all competitors. If even one competitor is not a current member (not listed on the posted USFA membership list as of the date of the event) without submitting a new membership form with the tournament documents, the sanctioning for the ENTIRE tournament will be withdrawn.

The complete results and sign-up lists and all supporting documentation for each event, presumed new classifications, and new membership applications must be submitted to the Division at New classifications will be verified and submitted to the National Office by the Division.

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