Attention Elite Team Roster members,


It is that time again to submit your event selections for events happening July 1 - December 31, 2018.


When making selections, athletes must keep in mind the international tournament criteria:
Athletes must meet one of the following criteria to qualify to participate in the following international competitions.

  • Continental Opens
  • Grand Prix or Grand Slam
    • Must have finished in top 5 at the Pan Am Championships or a Continental Open
    • or
    • Must have been a member of the previous World Team
    • or
    • Finished top 5 in one of the past two Jr. World

Awarding of spots for event selections (see example of event selection submission form below):

  • Selections for teams for the Grand Prixs and Grand Slams will be awarded based on the IJF World Ranking List (WRL) as of June 22, 2018. The WRL as of that date lives HERE.
  • Choices for Grand Prix and Grand Slam tournaments will be awarded in descending order (#1 selection, #2 selection, etc.) starting with the athletes who are ranked highest on the WRL as of June 22, 2018.
  • It is important that athletes select the Grand Prixs and/or Grand Slams they are most interested in attending as their #1 selection, then the second most wanted event as their #2 selection, and so on. This will give athletes a better chance at being awarded the events they are most interested in attending.
  • Below is the explained process of how event selections will be awarded:
    • Round 1 - In the first round of event selections awarded, those who are ranked #1 on the WRL in their weight division will be given their top 3 choices for Grand Prixs and Grand Slams. Those ranked #2 in their WRL weight division will be given their top 2 choices. Finally, those who are ranked #3 in their weight division and beyond, in descending order (i.e. #3, 4, 5, etc.), will be given their first choice out of the Grand Prix and/or Grand Slam events they’ve asked to attend that still have an open spot available.
    • Round 2 - Once the first round of event selections are awarded (meaning the #1 ranked athletes in each division got their top 3 Grand Prix/Grand Slam selections, the #2 ranked athletes got their top 2 Grand Prix/Grand Slam selections, #3, #4, #5, etc ranked athletes got awarded their first available Grand Prix/Grand Slam selection), then the second round of awarding selections begins. Starting from the top of the WRL (athlete ranked #1 and so on) in each weight division, USA Judo awards the next one (1) Grand Prix or Grand Slam event that comes up in order on each athlete's selections list that is still available after Round 1 selections have been awarded.
    • Round 3 - etc. - The following rounds of awarding event selections (round 3, 4, 5, etc.) will work the same way as round two (2) until all Grand Prix and Grand Slam available spots have been awarded.
    • Final Round - As Continental Open events do not have the "two athletes per weight division limit" like Grand Prixs and Grand Slams do, every athlete is awarded all of the Continental Opens that they submit selections for in the final round of event selections that are awarded. It is important for athletes to include all of the continental opens they are interested in attending at the end of their event selections list as this will ensure that the athletes receive team email communications on those continental opens once the information packets are posted by the IJF.
  • It is likely that each athlete will not get awarded every Grand Prix or Grand Slam that they submit selections for. The above process gives a fair opportunity to attend Grand Prixs and/or Grand Slams to all athletes who have met the criteria to attend Grand Prixs and Grand Slams.
    • Even if the two available slots are already filled in a particular weight division for Grand Prixs and Grand Slams, athletes may still have the opportunity to request to fill in a spot that has become open before an event deadline. Please follow the steps under "Open Spots Procedure - Grand Prixs and Grand Slams" below.
  • It is important that athletes list all possible events they are interested in attending for the July 1 - December 31, 2018 time period as these event selections will give USA Judo the list of athletes to send further information and deadlines to for each event.
  • For spots that were never filled for any particular Grand Prix or Grand Slam, also follow the procedure for open spots below.



Open Spots Procedure - Grand Prixs and Grand Slams:

  • Athletes must meet the above international tournament criteria for the respective event they send in requests to fill open spots for.
  • It will be the responsibility of each athlete to check the posted event rosters and deadlines for each tournament periodically HERE in case a spot opens up on one of the Grand Prix or Grand Slam event rosters.
  • Athletes must submit their request(s) to fill in an open spot by the specific deadline posted for each tournament.
  • USA Judo will evaluate athletes who have submitted requests via email to Lauren ( to fill in any open spots and determine who is ranked higher on the WRL on that deadline day (each event will have a different deadline posted) in order to select who will fill the open spot(s).
  • If an empty spot becomes available after the posted "request to fill open spots deadline" for any given event (due to reasons like late drop outs, injuries, etc.), USA Judo will be unable to fill anyone in for that spot as we have to meet submission deadlines for hotels, transportation, payment, etc. as posted by the organizing committee for each event.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qualifying:

  • As a reminder, we are now in the qualifying period leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. For more information on the qualification system and further information related to the upcoming Olympic Games, please visit this page on our website:
  • The IJF sent a reminder to the federations on May 11, 2018 that stated: "We remind you that during Olympic qualification period (May 2018-2020) no late entry for athlete inscription will be accepted. As usual one to one changes will always be possible. We kindly ask you to pay great attention to events deadlines and inscribe your team accordingly." Therefore, it is very important that we stick to deadlines for submitting information for every tournament.
  • Note: The IJF has the right to charge a fee (can be up to $200 in addition to hotel and other fees associated with tournaments) for athletes who drop out of events last minute. In addition, athletes are not guaranteed a refund of their hotel and miscellaneous fees if they drop out late.

Please select the events you are interested in for July 1 - December 31, 2018 in descending order from first choice through last choice (no minimum or maximum limit on number of selections - Reminder: It is important that athletes list the Grand Prixs and/or Grand Slams they are most interested in attending as their #1 selection, then second most wanted event as #2, and so on. This will give athletes a better chance at being awarded the events they are most interested in attending. The chances of athletes being awarded the Grand Prixs/Grand Slams that they've asked for goes down as USA Judo goes through the process of awarding selections - see bullets under "Awarding of spots for event selections" above):

Event selection requests for July 1 - December 31, 2018 can be submitted from June 1-22, 2018 HERE.

  1. July 7-8 - Asian Open - Taipei, Taiwan
  2. July 27-29 - Grand Prix - Zagreb, Croatia
  3. August 10-12 - Grand Prix - Budapest, Hungary
  4. August 18-19 - European Open - Minsk, Belarus
  5. September 8-9 date change September 1-2 - Pan-American Open - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  6. October 6-7 - European Open - Glasgow, Great Britain
  7. October 12-14 - Grand Prix - Cancun, Mexico
  8. October 26-28 - Grand Slam - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Cancelled by IJF on July 20, 2018 (see
  9. November 3-4 - Asian Open - Aktau, Kazakhstan
  10. November 9-11 - Grand Prix - Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  11. November 16-18 - Grand Prix - The Hague, Netherlands
  12. November 17-18 - African Open - Dakar, Senegal
  13. November 17-18 - Oceania Open - Perth, Australia
  14. November 23-25 - Grand Slam - Osaka, Japan
  15. November 24-25 - African Open - Yaounde, Cameroon
  16. December 1-2 - Asian Open - Hong Kong

Based on the event selections athletes submit by June 22, 2018, there will be specific deadlines for each event (posted at the same location as the event rosters HERE) by which athletes will have to confirm their hotel check in/check out dates, room type and requested roommate or they will be removed from that event roster.

Final event rosters based on the awarded selections for each event will be posted HERE by end of day Friday, June 29.

As Taipei will be fast approaching by this date, Lauren will be coordinating with everyone who includes this event as part of their selections before June 29 so everything can be submitted on time.

As always, reach out to Lauren Roersma at or 719-866-2265 with any questions.




Disclaimer: There is always a possibility that the IJF changes dates, event types or even cancels events throughout the year. In order to keep the selection process fair for the first and second half of the year, if event dates change to the next half of the year or are cancelled, that does not give athletes who were awarded the event spots the right to claim that event first if it is rescheduled for the next half of the year or to replace that event with another grand prix/grand slam and bump another athlete out of their spot. The changes that the IJF makes to events on their calendar are unpredictable, but to ensure the integrity of the selection procedure remains intact, USA Judo cannot make special exceptions for these scenarios. The open spot procedure gives athletes that may miss out on events they were originally awarded due to various changes in the calendar the opportunity to fill in empty spots for any tournament as they become available.