What goes into these rankings, as well as questions of interest to fencers, parents, coaches, other fencing club professionals and the media are addressed in this FAQ.

What makes a fencing club eligible to receive a NFCR “Best Fencing Clubs” ranking?

To be eligible for a ranking, a fencing club must have at least one of its fencers finish in the Top 16 of a USA Fencing National Domestic Point Tournament in one of the following age divisions; Youth (Y10, Y12 or Y14), Cadet (Under17/Under16), Junior (Under20/Under19) and Senior (Division 1). The Top 16 fencers in each competition automatically contribute to their club’s final ranking. In the case of the Veteran age group, a club’s fencer had to finish on the Podium for a club to be eligible for a “Best Fencing Clubs” ranking. To find out more about the ranking process for “Best Fencing Clubs”, please click here.

Why does NFCR rank fencing clubs?

Rankings of athletes, sports teams and sports clubs are a global phenomenon. We have responded to the demands from the fencing community for easily interpretable information on the standings of the best fencing clubs in the nation. Our rankings will help differentiate the types of fencing clubs with their different weapons and programs. Further information can be found here. Clubs listed in “Best Fencing Clubs” can take full advantage of their accomplishments with customized marketing and communication tools created exclusively for NFCR’ 2016-2017 honorees.

What are the “Best Fencing Clubs” rankings based on?

The “Best Fencing Clubs” rankings are based on a simple weighted points system adopted by USFA with points being awarded to the Top 16 fencers placed in a USA Fencing National Domestic Point Tournament. In the case of Veterans events, points are awarded to Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists. We aggregate the data and rank performance of athletes by their club representation. In a number of cases, the club membership was either “unattached” or college based, reflecting the requirements of a college or the NCAA. In these cases, we assigned the club representation before the athlete headed off to college.

The point system is designed to reward fencers commensurate with their placement. There is bigger point jumps between direct elimination rounds (for example between a fencer placed 9th and one who places 8th, due to the fact that the 8th placed fencer went to the next level in the direct elimination bracket).

What were the data sources used to determine the rankings?

We used the following data sources:

    • National Tournament Results data from the United States Fencing Association (USFA) 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
    • 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Final Membership Lists for USFA
    • Current Membership List for the USFA
    • Askfred.net
    • College and University Fencing Rosters

How reliable are the data used by NFCR?

In the case of National Tournament Results data, we found that club representation data was missing for many fencers. Wherever possible we updated this data by reviewing USFA’s Membership lists and earlier National Tournament Results data. Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness, and reliability of the information provided, National Fencing Club Rankings (“NFCR”) assumes no responsibility therefore. The user of the information agrees that the information is subject to change without notice. NFCR assumes no responsibility for the consequences of the use of such information, nor any infringement of third party intellectual property rights which may result from its use.


How many clubs were ranked?

There were about 667 USA Fencing Member clubs at 7/31/2017. In all, we ranked 223 individual fencing clubs, which earned the “Best Fencing Clubs” status. This included 13 from Canada. About four percent (4%) of the clubs were ranked in three weapons, 23% were ranked in two weapons and 73% were ranked in only one weapon. One hundred and thirteen (113) clubs ranked in epee, 104 in foil and 83 in saber.

About 50% of the “Best Fencing Clubs” are located in six states; California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas and Virginia. About two-thirds are found in twelve states, adding Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Ohio, and Illinois to the list.

Are there any fees associated with receiving a ranking in “Best Fencing Clubs”?

No. There are no fees associated with receiving a ranking.

Where will the rankings be published?

All the rankings will be published online at http://www.nationalfencingclubrankings.com. In addition, they will be published in PDF files available for download here.

What is the timeline for the release of future NFCR rankings?

We update the rankings every year. Future release dates for the rankings are as follows:

  • Youth 2017-2018 – Release Date: Friday 27th, July 2018 (after 2018 USA Fencing National Championships)
  • Junior & Cadet 2017-2018 – Release Date: Friday 2nd, March 2018 (after 2018 Junior Olympic Fencing Championships)
  • Senior 2017-2018  – Release Date: Friday 4th May 2018 (after 2018 Div 1 Championships)
  • Veteran 2017-2018  – Release Date: Friday 27th, July 2018 (after 2018 USA Fencing National Championships

How may I publicize our club’s ranking?

If your club made NFCR’s “Best Fencing Clubs” list, now is the time to maximize and promote this distinct achievement in US fencing to enhance your club’s reputation and visibility! Take full advantage of your accomplishment with our customized marketing and communication tools created exclusively for NFCR’s 2016-2017 honorees.  Further details can be found here. Please contact us at either ross@nationalfencingclubrankings.com or 973-723-0423 if you have any queries.

National Fencing Club Rankings “Best Fencing Clubs” Publicizing Guidelines

National Fencing Club Rankings (“NFCR”) permits ranked fencing club (the “Fencing Club”) to mention its rankings as specified below:

  • To be eligible to mention that it has been ranked in the 2016-2017 “Best Fencing Clubs” rankings, the Fencing Club must appear in the online version of the “Best Fencing Clubs” 2016-2017 list.
  • The Fencing Club must prominently specify whether the ranking is a National, State or Divisional designation, the age-gender-weapon category, and tier, e.g., Podium Medal Points Ranking, Top 8 Medal Points Ranking or Top 16 Placement Points Ranking when mentioning its 2016-2017 “Best Fencing Clubs” rankings.
  • The 2016-2017 “Best Fencing Clubs” rankings shall only be used for the purpose of identifying the Fencing Club as having been named to the “Best Fencing Clubs” 2016-2017 list and not to imply an endorsement of any services or products.
  • National Fencing Club Rankings has the right to monitor mentions of the 2016-2017 “Best Fencing Clubs” rankings, and if a Fencing Club’s description of its placement on the “Best Fencing Clubs” 2016-2017 list is inaccurate, or otherwise unacceptable, National Fencing Club Rankings will notify the Fencing Club and the Fencing Club agrees that it shall immediately remove, or change, such materials in accordance with National Fencing Club Rankings’ request.
  • Under no circumstances may a club use the logos of National Fencing Club Rankings, or any other creative from National Fencing Club Rankings, without the express written permission of National Fencing Club Rankings.
  • These guidelines are subject to change without notice, and National Fencing Club Rankings may withdraw or change these guidelines at any time and for any reason.