The Priority on Youth tournament series began in Durham in 2008, and ushered in the longest continuous running youth tournament series in North Carolina fencing history hosted by a private fencing club. Priority on Youth is not just a series of tournaments, but a supportive approach for developing young athletes. Mid-South Fencers’ Club is committed to creating an environment that allows athletes to pursue the values of fair play and sportsmanship by encouraging developing strong training habits utilizing the motivation that occurs though competing in supportive environments.
Priority on Youth tournaments are excellent introductions to fencing competition for fencers who have completed a minimum of six months of academy classes and for all youth competitive youth fencers. These tournaments provide opportunity for young athletes in training to hone their skills and apply new techniques. If you are curious if your fencer is ready, ask your child and ask your coach. We recommend everyone take a moment to read Coach Jen’s Blog on youth competitive fencing here. Fencers from other clubs are welcome to attend, all participants must be USA Fencing members. Equipment rental available upon request.
2016-2017 Priority on Youth Saber Tournament Dates:
- September 24-25th, 2016 – Results
- November 5-6th, 2016 –Results!
- December 17-18th, 2016 –Results!
- May 6-7th, 2017 – Register!
- June 10-11th, 2017 – Register!
Priority on Youth 2016-2017 will feature 5 tournaments beginning in September of 2016 and culminating in June of 2017. Within each tournament there are four events based on the age of the fencers. Youth 10 athletes are born between 2006-2009, Youth 12 athletes are born between 2004-2007, Youth 14 athletes are born between 2002-2005, and Junior athletes are born between 1997-2003. The only exception being, if an athlete born after 2003 is on the national Y-14 rolling points list, they are eligible to fence in Juniors. Fencers compete in their eligible events and earn points based on their placement at the end of each event. Fencers who ‘fence up’ will earn extra points towards their age brackets. The Priority on Youth series culminates with a Grand Finale Pizza Party at conclusion of the June event celebrating the top participants in each age category. Every participant will get to pick from the prize table if they have competed in at least 4 out of the 5 tournaments.
At the end of the year finale, special recognition awards will be given to the highest-placing male and female fencer in each of the Y10, Y12, Y14 and Junior categories. Interested in participating in our Priority on Youth but have questions? Please email email@example.com for more details!