Youth National Championships UPDATE

Feb. 13, 2019, 5:03 p.m. (ET)

 

LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN ANY JUNIOR LEVEL USA JUDO NATIONAL SHIAI EVENT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE USA JUDO JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ANY TRIALS CONDUCTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF QUALIFYING FOR A U.S. NATIONAL TEAM

February 11, 2019 – USA Judo’s Board of Directors approved the participation of non-American citizens who are legal permanent residents of the United States to compete in all junior level national competitions that are non-trials or qualifiers for a US Team to compete internationally, except for the USA JUDO Jr. Olympics National Championships.  Legal permanent residents must show proof of a green card to be eligible to compete in all junior competitions except the national competition at Jr. Olympics since a second day of competition focused on international competition is available.  Non-US Citizens will not receive points and will not be placed on the USA Judo Junior National Roster.

“USA Judo realizes the importance of increased and diverse youth participation in its Junior National Events and wants to take the long view of athlete participation and development to include those young judoka who call America their home country and may be eligible to represent Team USA in the next few years,” said USA Judo President, Mark Hill.  “We hope that our young judoka and their parents who are current American citizens will also welcome the inclusion of non-citizen junior judoka to enhance the number of participants and quality of judo at our Junior National Events.”

“To allow youth who are permanent legal residents from a family who may be non-U.S. Citizens broadens the opportunity for USA Judo youth to get exposure to international styles and techniques they otherwise may have to travel overseas to experience,” said Gerry Navarro, Chair of USA Judo’s Junior High Performance Subcommittee.  “It also allows coaches and high performance staff to monitor juniors at a younger age who may eventually be eligible to represent Team USA at the Senior Levels which is extremely important to USA Judo’s Athlete Development Pipeline.”

This revised eligibility criteria for USA Judo’s Junior Events will first be implemented at the USA Judo Youth National Championships to be held in Colorado Springs March 7-10, 2019.

2019 Youth National Championships