USA Judo

Point Event

This is a Junior Point Event. Junior-Aged Athletes can accrue points for the USA Judo National Roster as outlined below:

  • 1st place - 2 points

  • 2nd place - 1 point

  • 3rd place - 0.5 points


Contestants may compete if they meet the following eligibility requirements and there is no conflict regarding weigh-in and competition schedules:

All participants, regardless of category must be a member in good standing with USA Judo and MUST be a United States citizen.

Brown belt and Novice divisions (white, yellow and orange belts only) are open to all U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens (ie green card, Visa, etc.)

Senior Category

1. Must have been born December 31, 2003 or earlier

2. Minimum rank of senior sankyu

Veterans Category

1. Must have been born in 1988 or earlier

2. Minimum rank of senior sankyu


Senior Open Category

1. Must have been born December 31, 2003 or earlier

2. Minimum rank of senior sankyu


Junior Categories

1. Must have been born between 1998 and 2013 inclusively

2. No minimum rank requirement

3. Junior categories are pointable towards USA Judo junior rosters


Senior Novice Category

1. Below the rank of sankyu (brown belt) and not listed on a national elite roster

2. Must have been born December 31, 2003 or earlier

3. The novice divisions are NOT pointable divisions towards USA Judo junior or senior point rosters

Junior Novice Categories

1. Must have been born between 1998 and 2010 inclusively

2. White, yellow and orange belts only. Ranks must be verified in the USA Judo database.

3. Junior Novice categories are NOT pointable divisions towards USA Judo junior point roster


Brown Belt Category

1. No dan ranks allowed (all other belts allowed). Waiver must be signed by shodan rank or higher for any non-brown belt to compete in the brown belt category

2. Must have verified/proof of rank through USA Judo, USJF or USJA



Visually Impaired Category

1. Must have been born December 31, 2003 or earlier

2. Must have been classified as visually impaired at an IBSA or IPC event in the past 10 years or provide a letter from an optometrist or ophthalmologist verifying visual acuity

* Visual groups B1, B2, and B3 will compete together


Only current USA Judo clubs, at the time of registration, will be listed with athletes’ event registration. Non-USA Judo clubs WILL NOT be affiliated with a registered athlete. USA Judo club membership will be available during the check in process. If a club registers with USA Judo during the check in/registration process, their club WILL BE affiliated with their athletes at this event.

Method Of Competition

The Championships will be conducted in accordance with the 2018 Contest Rules. Organization Code and Sporting Code of the International Judo Federation, as revised for the USA JUDO National Presidents Cup Championships.

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Competition Method for Regular and Novice Junior Categories


The standard ("true") Double Elimination System with winner's and loser's brackets will be used. The winner of the loser's bracket will compete against the winner of the winner's bracket for 1st and 2nd place.

The first one of these two contestants to have two (2) losses will be placed second; the other will be placed first. The loser of the loser's bracket will be placed 3rd.

For categories of five contestants for fewer, round robin will be the method of competition. Only one bronze medal will be awarded.


Competition Method for Seniors, Brown Belt, Veterans and Visually Impaired Categories


Categories having five (5) Competitors or less: Round Robin Pool. The order of finish is determined by number of wins, then, if tied, by total points. If tied in wins and points, the winner of the head-to-head competition between the two who are still tied determines the winner. If three or more are still tied in wins an dpoints for any place (first, second or third), those contestants involved must contest again to determine the order of finish. Points are given to the winner only and shall be based on the highest single score of the winner, after factoring out scores that cancel out each other. Point vales are Ippon= 10, Waza-ari= 1, win by shido= 0. If a contestant withdraws from a division prior to beginning his or her final match, the results of all that person's previous matches shall be discarded. Osaekomi during golden score will be allowed to continue until time expires.

Categories having six (6) competitors or greater: Knockout System with Double Repechage (sometimes referred to as Crossover Repechage). Players are divided into two pools, A and B which are futher subdivided into A1, A2, B1, B2. Determination of the 1st and 2nd place: The "Knockout" (single elimination) system is then used to produce two finalists, one from pool A, the other from pool B, who will compete for 1st and 2nd place. Determination of 3rd - 5th place: All contestants who were defeated by the winners of pools A1, A2, B1 and B2 (semi-finalists) will take part in the repechage of their respective pools in the order in which they were defeated. i.e., for pool A1, the loser from Round 1 will meet the loser from Round 2; the winner of that match will meet the loser from Round 3, etc. The winner of repechage pool A1 will meet the winner of repechage pool A2; similarly for B1 and B2. The winner of the repechage pool A will meet the loser of the semi-final of knockout pool B. The winner of repechage Pool B will bmeet the loser of the semi-final of knockout pool A. The winners (2) are placed 3rd, the losers (2) are placed in 5th.




Senior Shiai only: The top eight athletes on the USA Judo Senior National Roster, who are in attendance, will be seeded, provided that they are ranked at A through D levels as follows:
A (or B) side: #1 and #8 in one half, and #5 and #4 in the other half
B (or A) side: @2 and #7 in one half, and #6 and #3 in the other half

A higher seeded athlete will always receive a bye before a lower seeded athlete. Athletes having the same State (Group B) affiliation will be placed as far apart in the bracket as possible.

Seeded athletes lose their Sate/Club affiliation for purposes of the draw, i.e. two athletes from the same state or club may meet in the first round if one is a seeded athlete.


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Injury Rule

The following rule was approved by the Board of Directors of USA Judo on October 22, 1998:
Decisions as to whether an athlete may continue if injured while on the mat, are to be resolved in accordance with the IJF rules; such decisions occurring off the mat or not covered by the IJF rules, are to be made by the coach, the athlete and the Team Doctor. If there is not a unanimous opinion among these three individuals, the athlete may not continue.



Competition Rules

For all categories, regardless of age, blue and white gi requirement is mandatory.
IJF approved (labeled) gi's are not required.
Backpatches are not required.



Visually Impaired






Brown Belts


Novice Shiai


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Coach Dress Code

All coaches must adhere to the following dress code during this event. Failure to adhere will be grounds for removal of coaching credentials.

Acceptable apparel: national or club team track suit (sweatsuit) with polo shirt; business casual attire, dress jeans (no holes or markings); button down shirts or polo shirts. Dress shoes, sneakers (tennis shoes)

Forbidden apparel: flip flops, sandals, shorts, tee-shirts, hats, head coverings

Coaches must be current USA Judo Certified, USJF Certified or USJA Certified Coaches to receive coaching credentials at this event



Notice Of Possible Testing For Banned Substances

Senior and Visually Impaired Shiai only: Testing, in accordance with the Anti-Doping Rules and Procedures of the International Judo Federation, U.S. Olympic Committee and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), may be conducted to determine whether an athlete is utilizing a substance forbidden by the International Olympic Committee. As an athlete, before taking any medication or supplement, it is your responsibility to find out if any substance in the product is prohibited or restricted. You may call the Drug Reference Hotline at 1.800.233.0393. If you prefer, you can send your correspondence and inquiries to: United States Anti-Doping Agency, 5555 Tech Center Drive, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. Other useful information can be found by visiting USADA's website: