quirkilycrazed said: Ok, so what does it mean if a tourney is an invitational?? I've heard that it means that it's not just by invitation so I'm so confused
Friend, that is a GREAT question. I have no idea.
The competitions that I’ve been involved in that are called ‘invitationals’ are limited in some way so that anybody off the street can’t just walk in and fence. That is, only certain colleges participate, only high schoolers can fence, etc. Conversely, the ‘Open’ events I’ve been part of are usually mixed-gender mixed-age events, and may not even be USFA-only.
That said, sometimes I see invitational applied to competitions that aren’t limited in any way. I think it’s just to make it look fancy? Fencers love excess words to make things seem fancy. But maybe there’s a real reason and it’s just a secret. Although the fact that I have heard tell of ‘invitational opens’ suggests that it’s just weird verbiage, so.