Criteria Announced for 2014 Junior World Team and Historic Tournament

Dec. 30, 2013, 3:15 p.m. (ET)

Pinnacle Competition to be Held on Home Soil

USA Judo has approved and announced the criteria to qualify for one of the most important junior judo events in U.S. history, the 2014 Junior World Championships to be held on home turf in October.

This is the most elite junior judo event on the planet for this age range, and this is the first time ever that it will be held on U.S. soil, making it a stellar opportunity for young U.S. judo stars to fight in front of their fans and family near home.

The qualifying tournament for a spot on this pinnacle junior team will be USA Judo’s Scholastic and Youth National Championships, slated for March 21-23 in Irving, TX. And those making the Junior World Championship Team will be offered spots on the Junior Pan American Championship Team, as well, upping the purse even higher for those who take gold in their respective weight classes.

This is an important event for judo in the United States, as well. This is the latest in a string of elite tournaments awarded the United States by the International Judo Federation to be hosted by USA Judo, including another elite junior event, the IJF Cadet World Championships, ages 15 – 17, held in August in Miami.

Birth years for the Junior World Championships include 1994-99 (under 21). In addition to those winning gold medals in their IJF weight categories at the Scholastics, the IJF is allowing each nation two additional junior male and two additional junior female wild card slots based on the new international points list as updated on May 12, 2014.

For all the details on qualifying, go to the JUNIOR WORLDS.