USA Judo Event
First Timers

For those of you who are new to a USA Judo national event, it is important that you understand that this is a national event, where roster points are involved and at certain events, it is a team trial. Thus, formats and enforcement of rules is critical to keeping the integrity of the event. USA Judo national events are unlike any local or regional event you have probably attended and we hope that this information will help guide you through the process.

USA Judo wants this event to be a good experience for you and your athlete, asking questions and understanding the process will help ensure your athlete has the best experience possible.


  • Read the entry packet thoroughly and in its entirety. There is a lot of information to comprehend.
  • Understand the entry packet and/or ask questions.
  • Note the deadline dates—deadlines are deadlines, please don’t ask us to extend a deadline.
  • Competition is based on year of birth and weight; not how old they are. Athletes cannot be moved up or down unless the event allows for a waiver and the waiver has been submitted correctly.
  • If you successfully registered for the event on line you will receive an email confirmation of the event registration.  If you do not, call USA Judo at 719-866-4730.


  • It is your/athlete’s responsibility to ensure that all information is correct on the check in sheet.
  • Ensuring the athlete is in the correct category/weight is your responsibility. Please do not ask us to select a category/weight for your athlete.
  • Changes can only be made during the check in process, not at weigh in or after official weigh in
  • Don’t let your child check themselves in.
  • Be sure you initial the check in sheet.
  • Check the athletes weight before coming through the check in process. Unofficial scales are provided in the weigh in room. Weighing on the official scale then deciding you want to change weights is not permitted.
  • If you feel you pre-registered but are not on the check in sheet, please see the event director immediately.


  • If you do not pre-register be prepared for a wait to register on site and paying a late registration fee.
  • Please be prepared by having all the forms completed prior to getting to the front of the line.
  • Please know what your athletes weight category is…. get on the unofficial scale before coming through registration!


  • Read the posted Weigh In Procedures and understand them prior to getting on the official scale.
  • An athlete may get on the unofficial scale as many times as you want if the event allows for it (READ THE ENTRY PACKET)
  • Once an athlete steps on the official scale, that weight is recorded and is official. You cannot get off and back on. There is no second chance.
  • Not only can you miss weight by being too heavy, you can miss weight by being too light. Know what your weight category is----READ THE ENTRY PACKET.
  • Changes to your weight category cannot be made during the weigh in process, they must be made at the check in process prior to going to official weigh in.
  • Make sure that you read what your official weight is and that it is recorded correctly on the weigh in sheet prior to you initialing the sheet.


  • This meeting is mandatory.  All are welcome, not just coaches or athletes.
  • This is where athletes will be put into their respective category and weight based on their entry and/or changes at check in.
  • We are human and need you to verify that your athlete is in the correct category/weight based on entry and check in.
  • If you feel there is an issue with your athlete during the draw (category and/or weight), please get the attention of moderator and ask questions then. DO NOT wait until the draw is over. We will be happy to address your question/concerns and if needed, skip that category and come back to it once we have the issue worked out.
  • If you or a representative for the athlete does not attend the draw and there is an issue and they are not included in the draw, they are out of the competition. THEY WILL NOT BE MOVED TO ANOTHER CATEGORY OR ADDED BACK IN.
  • It is your/athlete’s responsibility to ensure that they are in the correct category/weight at the draw.


  • One of the best things you can do prior to attending an USA Judo national event is READ THE ENTRY PACKET!


The USA Judo staff does get busy; however, you are not bothering us if you have questions! We encourage you to ask questions!