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Top Massachusetts Feeder Clubs to the Super Youth Circuit (SYC) 2016-2017

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Massachusetts fencing clubs have been the 5th largest source of demand (fencer-events in Y-10, Y-12 and Y-14 age categories) for the burgeoning Super Youth Circuit (SYC)¹ over the past six years. Since 2011-2012, the clubs have accounted for about 7% of the total U.S. demand for SYC fencer-events. This compares with clubs in New York, California, and New Jersey which generated 18.5%, 17% and 12.5% of total SYC fencer-events respectively over the same period.

With four ‘local’ SYCs in Region 3 (ME, NH, VT, MA, NY, RI, CT, NJ, PA)² and two in neighboring Region 6 (WV, DE, MD, VA, DC, TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, FL), youth fencers from Massachusetts had a number of driveable SYCs to chose from in 2016-2017. They participated in 2.3 SYCs on average, with a range of 1 to 8. This year, 190 youth fencers from 17 Massachusetts clubs generated 664 fencer-events in 11 of the 16 SYC tournaments held nationwide. The fencers participated in 3.5 tournament events on average, with a range of one to 20.

The Top 10 feeder clubs accounted for 631 fencer-events or 95% of the demand originating from Massachusetts. The clubs are:

  • Olympia Fencing Center (Cambridge)
  • Gold Fencing Club (Waltham)
  • Dynamo Fencing Center (Newton)
  • Zeta Fencing (Natick)
  • Boston Fencing Club (Boston)
  • Vivo Fencing Club (Wilmington)
  • Marx Fencing Academy (Concord)
  • Moe Fencing Club (Somerville)
  • Fencing Academy of Boston (Watertown), and
  • International Fencers Alliance of Boston (Burlington)

Each of the clubs has an active youth program which incorporates attendance at SYC tournaments. The most popular SYC for youth fencers from Massachusetts was the Cobra Challenge Super Youth (SYC) & Cadet in Secaucus, NJ (November 27-29, 2016) followed by the Mission SYC in Rocky Point, NY (April 29 May 1, 2017). Attendance figures for the eleven SYCs which attracted fencers from Massachusetts are tabled below.

Super Youth Circuit Tournaments Attended by Massachusetts Youth Fencers 2016-2017

Tournament # Massachusetts Fencers # Massachusetts Entries % of Total Massachusetts Entries Average # Events Per Fencer
Cobra Challenge Super Youth (SYC) and Cadet 95 138 20.8% 1.5
Mission SYC (Super Youth Circuit) 2017 86 130 19.6% 1.5
Capitol Clash SYC and Cadet RCC 2017 81 124 18.7% 1.5
Thrust Fall Super Youth Circuit (SYC) 86 123 18.5% 1.4
Ben Gutenberg  Memorial SYC & Cadet 54 82 12.3% 1.5
Fairfax Challenge SYC 12 23 3.5% 1.9
Windy City Super Youth Circuit  SYC and Cadets RCC 12 21 3.2% 1.8
North Texas Roundup – Region 5 SYC and RCC 16/17 8 15 2.3% 1.9
Daugherty Youth Cup – SYC/RCC 2 4 0.6% 2.0
2017 Rain City Super Youth Circuit (SYC) 1 2 0.3% 2.0
SYC in Portland 1 2 0.3% 2.0
Grand Total 190 664 100.0% 3.5

Source: National Fencing Club Rankings based on an analysis of askFRED.net data

The composition of fencer-events generated by the largest Massachusetts feeder clubs to the SYC in 2016-2017 is illustrated in the accompanying graph. The Top 5 feeder clubs, Olympia Fencing Center, Gold Fencing Center, Dynamo Fencing Center, Zeta Fencing and Boston Fencing Club accounted for about 79% of the fencer-events generated by Massachusetts clubs for the SYC. The Top 10 clubs accounted for 95% of the state’s fencer-events at SYCs. Fencers from Olympia Fencing Center generated the most fencer-events in 2016-2017 at 217, 61% of which were foil and 39% epee. Gold Fencing Club followed with 106 fencer-events, all of which were foil.


These tournaments provided an opportunity for young athletes to experience elite competition, earn national ranking points and prepare for future national events. Fifty-four (54) or 28% of the 190 fencers from Massachusetts had a Top 8 result as illustrated in the following table. Readers are able to sort, filter or search the table by either clicking on the column headings or using the search box.

Ranking of Top 8 Medalists for Massachusetts Clubs in the 2016-2017 Super Youth Circuit (SYC)

Daniel ZhangOlympia Fencing Center231118
Emily JingGold Fencing Club51118
Katerina LungGold Fencing Club4318
Alexandra JingGold Fencing Club21227
Minwook ChounMoe Fencing Club14117
Surya SakhamuriDynamo Fencing Center1135
Arnav TraversBoston Fencing Club224
Jordan MacartyOlympia Fencing Center11114
Olekasnder ShirpalDynamo Fencing Center1124
Spencer VermeuleOlympia Fencing Center1214
Anat KatzInternational Fencing Club1113
Ava WadeOlympia Fencing Center1113
Brandon LiMarx Fencing Academy1113
Edward MaklinDynamo Fencing Center1113
Elena RoblesBoston Fencing Club1113
Ivy ZhengGold Fencing Club123
Lydia ShenOlympia Fencing Center1113
Maximo ZafftMarx Fencing Academy213
Michael NilDynamo Fencing Center213
Simon KushkovDynamo Fencing Center213
Sophia H. ShenOlympia Fencing Center1113
Benjamin KoganDynamo Fencing Center112
David A LeighOlympia Fencing Center112
Dayus GohelOlympia Fencing Center22
Evan ZhangOlympia Fencing Center112
Leah BlumBoston Fencing Club112
Melinda YuDynamo Fencing Center112
Patrick LiuInternational Fencers Alliance of Boston112
Samir TraversFencing Academy of Boston112
Sammy NathansonDynamo Fencing Center112
Sean MoonZeta Fencing112
Tatiana ZafftPioneer Valley Fencing Academy112
Tony WhelanOlympia Fencing Center112
Alicia HaoGold Fencing Club11
Anna PashinDynamo Fencing Center11
Benjamin GongGold Fencing Club11
Brian LiMarx Fencing Academy11
Bridgette OuyangOlympia Fencing Center11
Chloe SzetoZeta Fencing11
Duncan KeefeDynamo Fencing Center11
Ellen WangGold Fencing Club11
Gabriel FeinbergOlympia Fencing Center11
Grace Logan SmithVivo Fencing Club11
Hagen ZhengOlympia Fencing Center11
Isley WilsonDynamo Fencing Center11
Jack SimmonsFencing Academy of Boston11
Joshua LoBoston Fencing Club11
Julie ZhengGold Fencing Club11
Linden ZhengOlympia Fencing Center11
Natalie MataievDynamo Fencing Center11
Nathaniel HogeFencing Academy of Boston11
Sofia MolhoMoe Fencing Club11
Sofia Yee-WadsworthBay State Fencers11
Toma KobozevaDynamo Fencing Center11
Source: askFRED.net Source: National Fencing Club Rankings based on an analysis of askFRED.net data and statistics.

The growth in total fencer-events generated by the largest Massachusetts feeder clubs to the SYC is illustrated in the graph below. All except two of the clubs have participated in SYCs over the past five years. In aggregate, the twelve clubs have seen a 7% compounded annual growth rate in SYC fencer-events over the period. 

Olympia Fencing Center has experienced significant growth in SYC fencer-events over the past two years, while the other Top feeder clubs have seen mixed results as illustrated in the accompanying graph.



Super Youth Circuit

¹The characteristics of the Super Youth Circuit are outlined in the 2017-2018 Regional Open Circuit (ROC), Regional Junior/Cadet Circuit (RJCC), Regional Youth Circuit (RYC) and Super Youth Circuit (SYC) Tournament Organizer Requirements and Bid Overview Packet found on the USFA website.

“The Super Youth Circuit (SYC) is sanctioned and overseen by USA Fencing. SYCs are held throughout the country for fencers in the Y10, Y12 and Y14 age categories in all six weapons. These tournaments provide an opportunity for young athletes to experience elite competition, earn national ranking points and prepare for future national events.

A principle goal of USA Fencing is to showcase the sport of fencing at the youth level in different regions of the country, providing athletes with a developmentally appropriate level of competition while considering travel time and expenses for fencers and their families. The tournament is intended to provide strong competitive opportunities for youth age fencers seeking to begin the transition from competing principally in regional competitions to competing at the national level by earning national ranking points towards qualification. A designated SYC will consist of all three age classifications in both Men’s and Women’s events in each of the three weapons.”

²Click the image of the Regional Map to enlarge it.

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