International Tournament Criteria





UPDATED: 3/11/2021

Due to the cancellation of various senior national events over the last year and a half, High Performance has been working with the Athletes Representatives on the USA Judo Board of Directors to temporarily adjust the USA Judo International Tournament Criteria.

The Continental Open Tournaments will now be open to all USA Judo registered black belts from March 11, 2021 until May 31, 2021. As of June 1, 2021, the original criteria will go back in to effect, meaning that athletes must be on the current Senior National Elite Team Roster in order to qualify for Continental Opens.


USA Judo International Tournament Criteria/Policies

Effective: January 1, 2020


       Athletes must be a current USA Judo member in good standing and must also meet one of the following criteria to qualify to participate in the following International Competitions

Continental Open

Athletes must be on the current Elite Team Roster to qualify for Continental Opens.

Contact Lauren Roersma:  Lauren.Roersma@usajudo.us


Grand Prix or Grand Slam

      • Finished in top 5 at a Continental Open in the past 4 years
      • or
      • Must have been a member of the Senior World Team or Senior Pan American Team in the past 2 years
      • or
      • Finished top 5 in one of the past two Jr. World Championships
      • or
      • Finished top 7 or higher in a Grand Prix or Grand Slam in the past 4 years