College clubs pay a $75 membership fee to be members of the USACFC, which makes them eligible to enter a team in the Championships.
Clubs may choose to be members of the Association even in years when they do not intend to send a team to the event so that they remain "in good standing" and part of the communications between the USACFC and its member clubs.
To enter a team, the club pays $400 for a single-gender team or $575 for a two-gender team.
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ALL TEAMS MUST BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING RULES FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE USACFC:
- Teams MUST have full squads. Teams MAY NOT participate with partial squads
- Graduate students may participate if they are eligible (see below)
- If teams miss deadlines to submit forms and fees, THEY DO NOT FENCE
- If teams don’t bring complete scoring equipment to the event, THEY DO NOT FENCE
A fencer will be limited to 5 years of competition at any college level. This is 5 years in which a fencer competes for any team(s) in any intercollegiate competition (NCAA and/or club) for even one bout in a given year. There will be no prior vetting of any fencers but complaints will be researched. If the board determines that a fencer has exceeded their eligibility then a one year suspension from USACFC will be given to the fencer's team. That team and all of its fencers, coaches, and staff will be black carded / disqualified from the event IMMEDIATELY, NO DISCUSSION, and its results for that entire event will be vacated. That team will be ineligible to compete in any USACFC event through the end of the following calendar year and will have to re-apply to the USACFC (forfeiting all incumbency priorities, if any) to resume participation thereafter.
BLACK CARD POLICY
The USACFC follows the rules of the USFA and NCAA, including the black card policy. Any behavior by any team, individual fencer or coach which meets the criteria for a black card will be issued one. Examples include but are not limited to any harassment or threatening of referees, bout committee workers, athletes, coaches, or USACFC officers.
As the event has grown and received more attention, all involved in the championships must continue to work to make it a positive competition.