Qualifying Path for July Challenge
Similar to additional criteria for JO’s USFA also added a new rule for July Challenge, and it is if a fencer earned 65 points or if they are in top 50% of their region then he/she is qualified for the July Challenge.
Why relief in the criteria for the July Challenge versus JO’s?
I have two explanations – first, JO’s is a championship while July Challenge is a Cup, and thus JO’s are more strict. Second, there is a whole year to qualify for the JO’s via RJCC path while there are only few months to qualify for the July Challenge, and thus less opportunities to improve the points.
Which brings me to the last point, which is very important.
After January 10 all RJCC points will be wiped out and the season will start over until the next year JO’s. Not only that – cadets and juniors change their age eligibility for the sake of July Challenge.
For example, if for upcoming JO’s cadet age is 2000-2003 and junior age is 1997-2003, for July Challenge the oldest guys age out of their group and cadets become to be 2001-2004, while juniors are 1998-2004.
Bottom line – check your fencer’s regional points standing and based on where they are decide if and which RJCC’s you would like to attend to improve your fencer’s chance to qualify for either JO’s or July Challenge.