NCAA Fencing Competition Format
While the competition format in the NCAA is similar to that found in the United States Fencing Association (USFA) and the Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE) (English: International Fencing Federation) there are some differences.
The Team Format:
The NCAA uses a 3 v 3 paradigm similar to that found in the USFA. Each fencer from one team fences each fencer for the other team in a round robin format for a total of nine bouts. Whereas the USFA and FIE utilize a format where there is a rolling point total up to forty-five in five touch segments, the NCAA uses the results of individual bouts to determine the team score. Thus the total number of team points possible in the NCAA is nine, when one team wins all bouts in the round.
The individual Format:
While on the team level, an individual's score or indicator is not relevant and points lost by a teammate cannot be made up by another. That is not to say that the points do not matter. Each year, the fencer's individual record from the team format is compared to the records of others he or she has fenced against, with this in mind, fencers with a win percentage over twenty who have fenced over half the total possible number of bouts possible are qualified to represent the school in the Midwest Regional Competition. It is at Regionals that fencers are selected to fence in the NCAA individual championships.
All scores, team and individual, count and unlike the USFA style of fencing where fencers are eliminated via direct elimination, the round robin method employeed by the NCAA means that fencers get to compete against everyone, regardless of their losses. Fencers in the NCAA should be prepared to fence their best all day, and against every opponent.