A word about sanctioned tournaments
Only sanctioned tournaments can award new classifications/ratings to fencers and referees.
Tournament sanctioning is an important responsibility, a sanctioned tournament must meet a number of criteria:
1. The tournament must follow the rules for USA Fencing competitions substantially.
2. The tournament must adhere to approved formats.
3. The tournament must appear on the official Division calendar, in other words, be publicly announced and known to the rest of the members of the Division.
4. Entries to the tournament cannot be restricted except in certain approved ways (such as by rating, age, or gender, for example).