Athletes shall receive classification and points on the Senior national roster based on their finishes in various national and international events as indicated in the table given below.

Summary of the system

  • Athletes who medal in A+ level events will earn A+ level classification.
  • Athletes who medal in A level events, will earn A level classification.
  • Similarly for other level events.
  • In events where 5th place is recognized by USA Judo protocol, athletes will be classified one level below the event classification, i.e. 5th place in a B level event will earn C level classification.
  • In E-level events, classification and points are earned in the highest senior-level divisions at those events, in weight categories that are tracked by USA Judo.
  • Athletes must win at least one match (no byes, no walkovers) in order to obtain senior points.
  • Ties will be broken through the tie break criteria.
  • All athletes requesting to compete in a B-Level event outside of North America must be ranked on the USA Judo Senior Elite National Roster or have approval from the USA Judo High Performance Committee.
  • As a clarification on the interpretation of the rules regarding E-Level points, effective Nov. 28, 2006, athletes may have a total of no more than TWO "E" level points on the USA Judo Senior Elite National Roster at any single point in time. Should an athlete compete in the same division at additional "E" level events after he or she already HAS 2 "E" level points, new points earned will be added to the roster and the earliest "E" level points will be removed so that the total never exceeds TWO total "E" level points.If an athlete earns no more than two points during a 365-day period, all points will expire naturally per the USA Judo point classification guidelines.
  • In order for an athlete to earn points on the roster, they MUST be a USA Judo member by the end of the event. If an athlete is not a member by the end of the event, the athlete will not be eligible for placement on the roster.

  • Both Points and Classification earned at a particular event are current for a maximum of one year, or on anniversary date of that event (if a regularly scheduled annual event) if its anniversary occurs in less than a year.

    If any of the following regularly scheduled annual events are held within 30 days of the anniversary date, the points and classification earned from that event will remain on the roster until the following year's event:

    • USA Judo Senior National Championships
    • USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships
    • USA Judo Youth National Championships
    • USA Judo President's Cup