Rule Regarding Eligibility for Junior and Senior Athletes on the National Rosters
Beginning Feb. 3, all athletes ranked on the USA Judo Junior and Senior Elite National Rosters must be current USA Judo members. In order for an athlete to earn points on the roster, they MUST be a USA Judo member by the end of the event. If an athlete is not a member by the end of the event, the athlete will not be eligible for placement on the roster
IJF-Junior Age Restrictions
There is now a minimum age requirement to compete in the IJF-Junior division in all USA Judo Junior Point Tournaments. Due to the fact that the International Judo Federation requires all athletes seeking to compete in the Junior World Championships must be born in 1995 or earlier, this same requirement will be used at all USA Judo Junior Point Tournaments. Please note that NO WAIVERS will be granted for athletes born later than 1995. Further, any athletes seeking to be ranked on the IJF-Junior Elite National Roster must be born in 1995 or earlier.
USJA / USJF Junior National Championships
Beginning in 2010, the USJA / USJF Junior Nationals will be pointable for athletes in Intermediate, Juvenile and IJF-Junior divisions. Athletes will receive five points for a gold medal, three points for a silver and two for a bronze.
Ocean State International
Athletes placing in the top three of the junior divisions at the Ocean State International will receive points on the age-appropriate USA Judo Junior Elite National Roster beginning with the 2008 tournament being held the first weekend of March (date TBA) in Providence, R.I. Athletes will receive two points for first place, one point for second place and 0.5 points for third place.
Puerto Rico National Championships and Copa Gigante
Effective immediately, junior athletes will no longer be eligible to receive points on the USA Judo Junior Elite National Rosters for placing at either the Puerto Rico National Championships or the Copa Gigante International.
Change to Puerto Rico and Irish Open Point Classification
Effective June 1, 2007, the Irish Open in Dublin (held annually in October) and the Puerto Rico Open in Salinas (held annually in April) will no longer be USA Judo point tournaments in the Tournament Not Listed or any other category.
Change to Collegiate Nationals and Ladder Tournament Point Classification
Effective December 28, 2007, neither the Collegiate Nationals nor the Ladder Tournament will be listed as USA Judo Senior E Level Tournaments.
Change to Change to El Salvador Point Classification
Effective May 17, 2008, neither the Juan Carlos Vargas Cup nor the Yanira Ramos Vigil Cup will be USA Judo point tournaments in the Tournament Not Listed or any other category.
Change to E-Level Classification
In 2009, only the following tournaments will be classified as E-Level tournaments: Pedro's Challenge, Dallas Invitational, Continental Crown, Golden State Open and Liberty Bell Classic.
Changes to Junior and Senior Elite National Roster Point Structure (Effective Sept. 25, 2008)
1. Both the Jose Ramon Rodriguez and Golden Judoguis Championships will be listed as USA Judo Senior C-Level Point Tournaments. Accordingly, juniors competing in these events will receive 15 points on the appropriate junior elite national rosters for a gold medal, nine for a silver, six for a bronze and three for a fifth place finish at either of these events.
2. The Jigoro Kano Cup will be listed as a USA Judo Senior A-Level Point Tournament. Accordingly, juniors competing in these events will receive 17.5 points on the appropriate junior elite national rosters for a gold medal, 10.5 for a silver, seven for a bronze and 3.5 for a fifth place finish at this event.
3. Athletes requesting to compete in an A-Level or higher event must be ranked on the USA Judo Senior Elite National Roster with at least a B Level or be the current USA Judo Senior National Champion. All rankings must be held in the division in which the athlete is seeking to compete. Athletes requesting to compete in A-Level or higher tournaments and who do not meet these criteria must have approval from the USA Judo High Performance Committee.
4. Athletes may have a total of no more than six D-Level or Tournaments Not Listed points with a D-Level value on the USA Judo Senior Elite National Roster at any single point in time. Should an athlete compete in the same division at additional D-Level events after he or she already HAS six D-Level points, new points earned will be added to the roster and the earliest D-Level points will be removed so that the total never exceeds six total D-Level points. If an athlete earns no more than six points during a 365-day period, all points will expire naturally per the USA Judo point classification guidelines.
5. The first criterion for breaking ties on the USA Judo Senior Elite National roster shall be as follows:
The athlete with the most C-Level or higher international points as reflected from the current USA Judo Ranking roster.
6. Both Points and Classification earned at a particular event are current for a maximum of one year, or on anniversary date of that event (if a regularly scheduled annual event) if its anniversary occurs in less than a year.
If any of the following regularly scheduled annual events are held within 30 days of the anniversary date, the points and classification earned from that event will remain on the roster until the following year’s event:
- USA Judo Senior National Championships
- U.S. Open
- USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships
- USA Judo Youth and Scholastic National Championships
- USA Judo President’s Cup
- Junior U.S. Open
Changes to Junior and Senior Elite National Roster Point Structure (Effective Nov. 7, 2008)
1. The German International and Rotterdam Super World Cup tournaments were removed from the A+ category. The German International is now a Grand Prix event and is now listed as an A-Level tournament. The Rotterdam Super World Cup has been removed from the IJF Calendar.
2. All IJF Grand Slam Tournaments are ranked as A+ Level Point Tournaments.
3. The IJF Masters Championships (MC) has been added as an A+ Level Point Tournament.
4. All IJF Grand Prix Tournaments are ranked as A-Level Point Tournaments.
5. Due to the change in the IJF qualifying structure for the 2012 Olympic Games, all Pan American Championships are B-Level Point Tournaments.
6. The USA Judo President ’s Cup is a C-Level Point Tournament.
7. The USA Judo Fall Classic National Championships is no longer an event and has been removed from the point matrix.
HOW do you earn points?
Points are earned by placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd place (and in some cases, 5th) at various events. Each event is graded by a degree of difficulty. This process determines what multiple of the 5, 3, 2 point configuration that is used at the Junior National events featured above, will apply. The listing below, along with the featured matrix, clearly illustrates the points.
The difficulty factor listed below indicates a “Difficulty Factor”, or multiplier. For example an athlete who places 1st at an A event will earn 15 points (Multipliers of 3 x 5 points) Points for Class D events are applied at a reduced level, as listed below.
Ties on the roster will be broken according to the Junior Tie Break Criteria.
(3.5 Difficulty Factor)
• All Senior "B" or higher Events
• All EJU Senior "A+," "A" or "B" Events
• All IJF Grand Slam and Grand Prix Events
• All IJF World Cup Events
• IJF Masters Championships
(3.0 Difficulty Factor)
• IJF Junior World Championships (JWC)
• IJF Cadet World Championships (CWC)
• Paris Youth International (JPAR)
• Jr. German International (JGER)
• USA Judo President's Cup
• All Senior "C" Events
• All EJU Junior "A" Events
(2.0 Difficulty Factor)
• USA Judo Jr. Olympics
• USA Judo Youth and Scholastic National Championships
• Jr Pan American Championships (JPAC) (except IJF Junior division)
• Jr. US Open
• Jr. British (JBR)
• Jikji Cup (JKOR)
• All Senior "D" Events
(1.0 Difficulty Factor)
• Jr. Sweden Gothenburg International (JSWE)
• USJF / USJA Junior National Championships (JFJA)
(2 points for 1st, 1 point for 2nd , 0.5 for 3rd in highest Senior Belt Division)
• Liberty Bell Classic (LIB)
• Midwestern Championships (MWC)
• Continental Crown (CC)
• San Jose Sensei Memorial Invitational (SJM)
• Dallas Invitational (DAL)
• Golden State Invitational (GSI)
• Northglenn (NGL)
• Pedro's Challenge (PED)
• Morris Cup (MOR)