2020 Cadet and IJF Junior International Team Criteria:


* Updated on 5/8/20. As a result of these unprecedented times, USA Judo will be combining the 2020 Junior Olympics and Youth Nationals to create a combined event called the USA Judo Junior Nationals. Details and logistics of this event are still being determined, but the dates for this event are set for August 29-30, 2020, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The trials for the 2020 Cadet and IJF Junior Pan American Championships, IJF Junior World Championships and Cadet World Championships will now take place at the 2020 USA Judo Junior National Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah August 29-30, 2020.


  1. 2020 Cadet and IJF Junior Pan American Championships
  2. 2020 IJF Junior World Championships
  3. 2020 Cadet World Championships

 

In 2020, the following events were originally scheduled as follows:

  1. Cadet and IJF Junior Pan American Championships (July 11-12, 2020 – Managua, Nicaragua)
    1. Cadets will compete on July 11, 2020.
    2. IJF Juniors will compete on July 12, 2020.
  2. IJF Junior World Championships (August 17-20, 2020 – Istanbul, Turkey)
  3. Cadet World Championships (August 22-25, 2020 – Istanbul, Turkey)

Cadets:

  • Age: The age division for 2020 includes birth years 2003-2005 for the Cadet category.
  • Weight divisions: The contested weights for the Cadets will be: Girls 40, 44, 48, 52, 57, 63, 70, + 70kg and Boys 50, 55, 60, 66, 73, 81, 90 and +90kg.
  • At the end of the day on May 16, 2020 *, the Gold medalist athletes in each Cadet division from the 2020 USA Judo Junior National Championships (now the trials for the 2020 Cadet Pan Am and World Teams) * will be invited to represent USA Judo at the 2020 Cadet Pan American Championships as well as the 2020 Cadet World Championships.

IJF Juniors:

  • Age: The age division for 2020 includes birth years 2000-2005 for the IJF Junior category.
  • Weight divisions: The contested weights for the IJF Juniors will be: Girls 48, 52, 57, 63, 70, 78, and + 78kg and Boys 60, 66, 73, 81, 90, 100 and +100kg.
  • At the end of the day on May 16, 2020 *, the Gold medalist athletes in each IJF Junior division from the 2020 USA Judo Junior National Championships (now the trials for the 2020 IJF Junior Pan Am and World Teams) * will be invited to represent USA Judo at the 2020 IJF Junior Pan American Championships as well as the 2020 IJF Junior World Championships.

As of May 8, 2020 *, USA Judo has not received the final confirmed dates or PJC technical package for the Cadet and IJF Junior Pan American Championships or the IJF technical packages for the Cadet World Championships or the IJF Junior World Championships. USA Judo reserves the right to adjust the criteria once the updated 2020 IJF and PJC schedules are published.


HOW THE TEAM IS NAMED

This is how the members of the 2020 Cadet and IJF Junior Pan American Championships Team, the 2020 Cadet World Championships Team, and the 2020 IJF Junior World Championships Team will be named:

  • A total of 10 male and 10 female athletes will represent USA Judo at the 2020 Cadet Pan American Championships.
  • A total of 10 male and 10 female athletes will represent USA Judo at the 2020 Cadet World Championships.
  • A total of 9 male and 9 female athletes will represent USA Judo at the 2020 IJF Junior Pan American Championships.
  • A total of 9 male and 9 female athletes will represent USA Judo at the 2020 IJF Junior World Championships.
  • The Cadet and IJF Junior Gold Medalists in each division from the 2020 USA Judo Junior National Championships * will be invited to participate.
  • The silver medalists in each division will become the Alternates.
  • In the event that there is need to replace beyond the Alternates, the highest ranked athlete(s) on the USA Judo National Cadet and IJF Junior rosters as of end of day August 30, 2020 * will be next in line, then the next person, and so on.
  • The teams (Cadet Pan Am, IJF Junior Pan Am, IJF Junior World and Cadet World) will each also include two male and two female wild cards for both the Cadet and IJF Junior ages (4 wild cards for the Cadet Pan Am team, 4 wild cards for the IJF Junior Pan Am team, 4 wild cards for the IJF Junior World team, and 4 wild cards for the Cadet World team), if applicable. These wild cards will be the two male and two female athletes with the most points on both the USA Judo National Cadet and IJF Junior rosters as of end of day August 30, 2020 *. It is not possible to combine points from multiple divisions. In no case can any country have more than two athletes in one division.
  • The wild card members cannot be in the same division.
  • The Cadet and IJF Junior divisions that compete at the 2020 Junior National Championships will earn points according to the USA Judo Junior Event Point Matrix. The 2020 USA Judo Junior Event Point Matrix can be accessed here. *
  • If the PJC or IJF changes the number of athletes that can participate in these tournaments, then USA Judo reserves the right to adjust the criteria.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for the 2020 USA Judo Cadet and IJF Junior Pan American Championships Team, 2020 IJF Junior World Championships Team, and/or the 2020 Cadet World Championships Team, athletes must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have been born 2003-2005 if competing under the Cadet division.
  2. Must have been born 2000-2005 if competing under the IJF Junior division.
  3. Must be a United States citizen, unless they meet the criteria of the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) refugee program and are currently approved with proof of documentation/acceptance from the IJF to participate in this program. Please provide a copy of the documents to lauren.roersma@usajudo.us.
  4. As long as an athlete meets the criteria of the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) refugee program and is currently approved with proof of documentation/acceptance from the IJF to participate in this program, then the athlete may compete at USA Judo sanctioned point events and earn points on the USA Judo national roster.
  5. The same criteria above will also apply to athletes currently approved under the IJF refugee program.
  6. If you are a recent citizen or hold dual citizenship, you must have secured the necessary approvals to be eligible to represent the United States Internationally.
  7. Must be a current member in good standing with USA Judo.