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2014 Junior World Team and Pan American Team Criteria

JUNIOR WORLD

The year 2014 will be an important one for Junior Judo throughout the World - and here in the United States. USA Judo will be the host of the Junior World Championships in 2014. This makes a great opportunity for our leading Junior athletes to compete against the best the World has to offer, at the very highest level – at home in the U.S.

The age divisions for 2014 include birth years 1994-1999 for the IJF Junior category that will be eligible for the Junior World Championships. The contested weights will be:

Women 44, 48, 52, 57, 63, 70, 78 and +78kg

 

Men 55, 60, 66, 73, 81, 90, 100 and +100kg

NOTE: Open weight is not contested at Junior World Championships.

The 2014 Junior World Championships will be held in the United States, October 22 – 26, 2014.

JUNIOR WORLD TEAM TRIALS TO BE HELD AT SCHOLASTICS

How can you qualify for the 2014 Junior World Team? USA Judo is happy to announce that the 2014 Scholastic & Youth Nationals that will be held March 21-23 in Irving, TX, will be the Trial event that will identify the members of the 2014 Junior World Team.

What does this mean? You will be competing to become a member of the USA Judo National Team that will compete at the Junior World Championships.

Eligibility – in order to be eligible for the 2014 Junior World Judo Team, you must have been born 1994-1999, you must be a United States citizen, you must be a member of USA Judo, and if you are a recent citizen or hold dual citizenship, you must have secured the necessary approvals to be eligible to represent the United States Internationally.

HOW TO MAKE THE TEAM

Winners of each weight division in the IJF Junior category at the 2014 Scholastic & Youth Nationals will become the USA Judo National Team members for the Junior World Championships. The silver medalists will become the Alternates. In the event that there is need to replace beyond the Alternates, the highest ranked person on the USA Judo IJF Junior roster at the time the replacement becomes necessary will be next in line, then the next person, and so on.

There is more – the International Judo Federation has provided that each country gets only one entry per age and weight division BUT, they are permitted TWO male and TWO female wild-card spots. This means that two additional athletes of each gender can be added – but in no case can any country have more than two athletes in a division.

Earning a Wild Card - All athletes who did not qualify for the Junior World Team directly are eligible to compete for Wild Card spots, including the Alternate Team members. The two  IJF Junior Male Athletes and the two IJF Junior Female athletes, who competed in IJF Juniors at the 2014 USA Judo Scholastic & Youth Nationals, who did not qualify for the Junior World Team, who are not both in the same weight division, and who have the highest individual division point totals on the IJF Junior roster that is fully updated and in effect on May 12, 2014, will be offered the Wild Card spots. In case of declinations, the spots will be offered in order to the eligible individuals who own the highest point totals in their individual division. (Note: it is not possible to combine points from multiple divisions).

JUNIOR WORLD TEAM MEMBERS ALSO GET PAN AM TEAM SPOTS

As a member of the USA Judo National Team for  the Junior World Championships, you will also be offered the weight appropriate team spot for the Junior Pan American Championships that will be held in July, 2014, in El Salvador. This is important because the IJF and the Continental Unions have agreed to use the results at the various Continental Union Championship events (Europe, Asia, Pan America, Africa and Oceania) as the events that will determine seeding at the Junior World Championships.

Junior Pan American Championships for Juvenile B (Cadet) – born 1997-1999

The selection for the Junior Pan American Championships for the Juvenile B age category will be:

Winners of each weight division in the Juvenile B category at the 2014 Scholastic & Youth Nationals will become the USA Judo National Team members for the Pan American Juvenile Judo Championships. The silver medalists will become the Alternates. In the event that there is need to replace beyond the Alternates, the highest ranked person on the USA Judo Juvenile B roster at the time the replacement becomes necessary will be next in line, then the next person, and so on.

There is more – the International Judo Federation has provided that each country gets only one entry per age and weight division BUT, they are permitted TWO male and TWO female wild-card spots. This means that two additional athletes of each gender can be added – but in no case can any country have more than two athletes in a division.

Earning a Wild Card –All athletes who did not qualify for the Juvenile Pan American Team directly are eligible to compete for Wild Card spots, including the Alternate Team members. The two Juvenile B Male Athletes and the two Juvenile B Female athletes, who competed in Juvenile B at the 2014 USA Judo Scholastic & Youth Nationals, who did not qualify for the Juvenile Pan American Team, who are not both in the same weight division, and who have the highest individual division point totals on the Juvenile B roster that is fully updated and in effect on May 12, 2014, will be offered the Wild Card spots. In case of declinations, the spots will be offered in order to the eligible individuals who own the highest point totals in their individual division. (Note: it is not possible to combine points from multiple divisions).