USA Judo Statement on Mat Side Coaching

Dec. 18, 2008, 1:08 p.m. (ET)
The International Judo Federation recently announced that, beginning on Jan. 1, 2009, coaches will not be allowed to coach their player from the side of the tatami during a match. 
USA Judo would like to notify all of our coaches, referees, officials, athletes and general membership that we will continue the practice of allowing coaches to be mat side during all sanctioned events in the United States of America.  This will be with the exception of international events hosted by the United States. 
We know and understand the importance of continuing this practice in our country and are grateful to the IJF for allowing us the opportunity to reflect this change within our national events. We are able to allow mat side coaching due to the fine behavior and discipline of our certified coaches in this country. USA Judo wants to continue this practice and hopes to do so as long as we have the cooperation and professional behavior of our coaches during matches.
USA Judo will communicate any changes or adjustments if it is needed in the future. Until then we are requesting all tournament directors in the USA to continue to allow mat side coaching.