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Announcement: Two Junior Tournaments in France

Sept. 19, 2012, 4:44 p.m. (ET)
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FOLLOWING ARE TWO ANOUNCEMENTS FOR TWO JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS IN FRANCE -CONSECUTIVE WEEKENDS IN DECEMBER-

Eligible athletes may attend one, or both

EVENT # 1 December 8-9, 2012
Harnes, France International Judo Tournament for Birth years 1997-1998 and 1999-2000

This Tournament is offered for athletes who are in our Intermediate 2, Juvenile A and Juevnile B divisions on December 8-9, 2012. The divisions do not match the USA Judo age divisions exactly. This is because France begins the transition to the following year ages in the last quarter of the year prior while USA Judo does not make the change until the new year has arrived. The official age divisions are based on birth years 1997-1998 and 1999-2000.

This event normally has several hundred participants and it is contested over two days, on eight mat areas.
This is not a point event and the decision to compete at this level, needs to be made based on development. The opportunity to compete in Europe affords the athletes, along with their coaches and parents, a chance to gain valuable exposure and to get a look at a competition style that is typically very different from that seen in the United States. The tournament is the old style repechage where all athletes who get to the quarter finals will either progress on to later stages or, if they lose in the quarter finals, will go into the repechage to fight through that pool and have a chance to fight back for the Bronze medal. The persons who reach the finals will place first and second. For divisions that are between 5 and 8 players, they use a pool system that is designed to maximize the number of fights an individual can get. The top two in each of two pools will emerge to compete in a straight elimination to the medal matches. The match duration is three minutes in the younger group and four minutes for the older.

Younger Junior divisions (1999-2000) will compete on Saturday, December 8.

The weight divisions are:
Girls – 36kg, 40kg, 44kg, 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, +70kg
Boys – 34kg, 38kg, 42kg, 46kg, 50kg, 55kg, 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, +73kg
Older Junior divisions (1997-1998) will compete on Sunday, December 9.

The weight divisions are:
Girls - 40kg, 44kg, 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, +70kg
Boys – 46kg, 50kg, 55kg, 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, 81kg, 90kg, +90kg

NOTE: We have indication from the organizers that all USA athletes who attend will be welcomed to practices at local clubs during the week following the competition, if they wish to stay.

ELIGIBILITY
: Athletes who have competed in any of the United States National point events (Youth Nationals, Jr Olympic Nationals. USJA/USJF Jr Nationals. Jr US Open), within the past calendar year, are eligible to compete in this event. NOTE: to participate in this event it is NOT NECESSARY to compete in the weight division where you competed, or placed, at Nationals.

Parents or coaches of athletes who wish to participate must contact Jim Hrbek (judolym@aol.com) by close of business on October 12 to register.

Competitors and their parents and/or Coaches should plan to arrive in France by Thursday December 6 (this means leaving the US on December 5) in order to allow time to acclimate for jet lag. Please note that it is not possible for any Junior athlete to attend this event unless accompanied by a parent/guardian or an adult person designated in writing by the parents/guardians.

It is MOST sensible to fly into Brussels, Belgium about 84 miles, OR to Lille, France about 20 miles. For those who might prefer to fly into Paris, the distance to Harnes is 125 miles and Air France will book your train connection to Lille when you fly with them. You WILL need to rent a car, in any case.

I am prepared to provide a letter to your school in case there is any need to help get excused time.
Your participation as a member of the USA Judo Team that will compete in this event will have to be a self-funded undertaking. When opportunities of this nature come up we find that our athletes' clubs and communities are often very helpful in assisting in fund-raising efforts to help with expenses.

Harnes is a very small town and you may want to look in Noyelles-Godault for hotel accomodations. These can be readily found using expedia.com or other on-line services.For the purpose of budgeting, the range of cost for rooms should be 150 to 300 Euros ($200 to $400) a double room for three nights, with breakfast included.

You HAVE TO HAVE a United States PASSPORT in order to enter Belgium or France, depending on your choice of airports. You also need a US Passport in order to compete. Your passport will serve as the means of identification and proof of citizenship when you register at the tournament. If you do not have a passport, there is still time to get one. You can get the forms at your local US Post Office. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the duration of your stay in France.

You MUST be a current member of USA Judo - International competitions will not accept other membership cards. Your membership needs to be in effect THROUGH the December 9, 2012 close of the event.
UNIFORM – blue and white judogis ARE required. You will not need the special IJF gis or the official IJF back patches.

This is a pre-registration-only event and you MUST make the weight that you declare. USA Judo will submit the OFFICIAL ROSTER to formalize registration. The tournament entry fee is TEN EUROS and each person will need to pay that amount in cash when they arrive, before weigh-ins.

Congratulations to those who accept this challenge - I am confident that you will work to do your very best in the upcoming competition – and we will all be looking help your Judo grow to help you realize your future goals.

Please provide a telephone number and your physical mailing address by return email if you intend to accept a Team spot.

Parents or coaches of athletes who wish to participate must contact Jim Hrbek (judolym@aol.com) by close of business on October 12 to register.

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EVENT # 2 December 15, 2012

TOURNOI DE LA VILLE DE LANESTER Lanester, France
Birth years 1997-1998 and 1999-2000


This Junior Tournament is offered for the very young ages on December 15, 2012. The divisions do not match the USA Judo age divisions exactly. This is because France begins the transition to the following year ages in the last quarter of the year prior while USA Judo does not make the change until the new year has arrived. The official age divisions are 1997-1998 and 1999-2000.

This event normally has several hundred participants and it is contested on eight mat areas.

This is not a point event and the decision to compete at this level, needs to be made based on development. The opportunity to compete in Europe affords the athletes, along with their coaches and parents, a chance to gain valuable exposure and to get a look at a competition style that is typically very different from that seen in the United States. The tournament is the old style repechage where all athletes who get to the quarter finals will either progress on to later stages or, if they lose in the quarter finals, will go into the repechage to fight through that pool and have a chance to fight back for the Bronze medal. The persons who reach the finals will place first and second. For divisions that are between 5 and 8 players, they use a pool system that is designed to maximize the number of fights an individual can get. The top two in each of two pools will emerge to compete in a straight elimination to the medal matches. The match duration is three minutes in the younger group and four minutes for the older.

Younger Junior divisions (1999-2000) will compete on Saturday, December 15.

The weight divisions are:
Girls – 36kg, 40kg, 44kg, 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, +70kg
Boys – 34kg, 38kg, 42kg, 46kg, 50kg, 55kg, 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, +73kg

Older Junior divisions (1997-1998) will compete on Saturday, December 15.

The weight divisions are:
Girls - 40kg, 44kg, 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, +70kg
Boys – 46kg, 50kg, 55kg, 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, 81kg, 90kg, +90kg

NOTE: There WILL BE interclub training camps organized throughout the week BEFORE the tournament and USA athletes are welcome and encouraged to take full advantage of this arrangement.
ELIGIBILITY: Athletes who have competed in any of the United States National events (Youth Nationals, Jr Olympic Nationals. USJA/USJF Jr Nationals. Jr US Open), within the past calendar year, are eligible to compete in this event. NOTE: to participate in this event it is NOT NECESSARY to compete in the weight division where you competed, or placed, at Nationals.

USA Judo will provide a Head Coach for this event - and also - Personal Coaches are welcome and encouraged to make the trip and can be involved in any Team practices throughout the time of the trip. We typically can get credentials that will allow Coaches access to the venue, but Coaches need to understand that the hosting organization ONLY provides the official staff with credentials to gain access to the competition floor and the Coaches' chairs. We will be as accommodating as possible, within our ability to do so.

Parents or coaches of athletes who wish to participate must contact Jim Hrbek (judolym@aol.com) by close of business on October 12 to register.


For training Camp AND Tournament, Competitors and their parents and/or Coaches should plan to arrive in France by Tuesday December 11 (this means leaving the US on December 10). Training will be available December 11 – 14 and the tournament will be on December 15. Please note that it is not possible for any Junior athlete to attend this event unless accompanied by a parent/guardian or an adult person designated in writing by the parents/guardians.

For tournament ONLY, Competitors and their parents and/or Coaches should plan to arrive in France by Thursday December 13 (this means leaving the US on December 12). Training, or jet lag recovery time on Dec 14 and the tournament will be on December 15. Please note that it is not possible for any Junior athlete to attend this event unless accompanied by a parent/guardian or an adult person designated in writing by the parents/guardians.

It is MOST sensible to fly into Nantes, France which is about 100 miles from Lanester. From there it is possible to use train and bus transport to get to Lanester or the larger local city, Lorient, but it will probably be MOST convenient to rent a car. The weekly rental rates right now are between $250 and $300. An alternative plan would be to fly into Paris, but the ground travel time will be much more and it will cost an additional 100+Euros per person for round trip train fare from Paris.

I am prepared to provide a letter to your school in case there is any need to help get excused time.
Your participation as a member of the USA Judo Team that will compete in this event will have to be a self-funded undertaking. When opportunities of this nature come up we find that our athletes' clubs and communities are often very helpful in assisting in fund-raising efforts to help with expenses.

Lanester is a very small town and you may want to look in nearby Lorient for hotel accomodations. These can be readily found using expedia.com or other on-line services.For the purpose of budgeting, the range of cost for rooms should be 150 to 300 Euros ($200 to $400) a double room for three nights, with breakfast included.
You HAVE TO HAVE a United States PASSPORT in order to enter Belgium or France, depending on your choice of airports. You also need a US Passport in order to compete. Your passport will serve as the means of identification and proof of citizenship when you register at the tournament. If you do not have a passport, there is still time to get one. You can get the forms at your local US Post Office. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the duration of your stay in France.

You also need to be a current member of USA Judo - International competitions will not accept other membership cards. Your membership needs to be in effect THROUGH the December 15, 2012 close of the event.

This is a pre-registration-only event and you MUST make the weight that you declare. USA Judo will submit the OFFICIAL ROSTER to formalize registration. The tournament entry fee will be FREE for USA Team athletes.

UNIFORM – blue and white judogis ARE required. You will not need the special IJF gis or the official IJF back patches.

Congratulations to those who accept this challenge - I am confident that you will work to do your very best in the upcoming competition – and we will all be looking help your Judo grow to help you realize your future goals.

Please indicate whether you will come for the Training AND tournament in Lanester, or for the tournament ONLY. Also please provide a telephone number and your physical mailing address by return email if you intend to accept a Team spot. 

Parents or coaches of athletes who wish to participate must contact Jim Hrbek (judolym@aol.com) by close of business on October 12 to register.

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