Hadn't thought about youth patches, since they seemed to be a thing of the past, as discussed in previous threads. Out of the blue, my daughter just received the Points Winner 2011-2012 patch in the mail. I'm not sure how it was calculated in the past, but the letter that came with it said it was based on results of the 3 Y14 NACs. She didn't get any patches for winning the NACs, let alone the Nikes or warm ups of the past...just a patch out of the blue.
For her, the coolest things are the National finalist t shirts. A medal is worn for a few minutes, but the t shirt is a silent bragging right that can be worn over and over. She never wore her patches after she started fencing opens and cadet events.
I don't know if this means they'll be back for each NAC of the season or what the future plan is. The letter didn't say.