Rule Changes for Junior Athletes

March 12, 2009, 2:17 p.m. (ET)

The International Judo Federation recently modified its rules regarding Junior and Youth competition. The following rule changes will be made effective immediately and will take place at the upcoming USA Judo Youth and Scholastic National Championships and Cadet World Trials:

1. There will be NO armbars permitted in the Juvenile B divisions
2. All IJF-Junior and Juvenile B matches will be four minutes in duration with a two-minute Golden Score period