The IBSA Pan American Championships will be held on July 13, 2013 in Colorado Springs, CO, and will be open to a maximum of two athletes per nation per division.
Team USA will include athletes from the following divisions for the IBSA Pan American Championships: Women's 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, and +70kg weight divisions and Men's 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, 81kg, 90kg, 100kg, and +100kg weight divisions.
In order to qualify for the IBSA Pan American Championship Team, an athlete must be a United States citizen AND be eligible to represent the United States in Paralympic or World Championship competition, and meet the IBSA classification requirements for visual impairment (see http://www.ibsa.es/docinteres/HTM/MedicalClassification.htm). In addition, all athletes competing in the Pan Ams must be born in 1998 or earlier.
The 2 athletes in each weight division who have the highest rankings on the USA Judo Visually Impaired National Roster at the close of the 2013 USA Judo National Championships for the Visually Impaired, held April 13-14, 2013 in Virginia Beach, VA will be named to the team. If only 1 athlete is ranked at the close of the Nationals, only 1 athlete will be named to the team in that division.
If an athlete declines the invitation or is removed from the team for any reason, the slot will be offered to the athlete who has the next largest number of points on the aforementioned roster. Subsequent declines or removals will progress down the list in the same fashion.
The athletes who are selected for the IBSA Pan American Championship Team have a maximum of 48 hours from the naming of the Pan Am Team to accept or decline their position.
An athlete who is to be named to the Pan AmTeam may be removed from the team for any of the following reasons, as determined by the Athlete Performance Committee:
* Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to Eddie Liddie, Director of Athlete Performance.
* Injury or illness as certified by a USA Judo approved physician (or medical staff). If an athlete refuses verification of their illness or injury by a USA Judo-approved caregiver, his or her injury will be assumed to be disabling and the athlete may be removed.
* Violation of the USA Judo Code of Conduct.