Welcome to Shreveport
USA Judo is pleased to welcome you to the 2023 Junior Olympic Championships in Shreveport, LA. Competition will take place at the Shreveport Convention Center and will serve as the trials for both the 2023 Junior and Cadet World Championships.
REMINDER: The deadline for registration was June 8. Walk-up registrations WILL NOT be accepted.
COMPETITION UPDATE: Due to the power outage at the tournament host hotel and other properties throughout Shreveport, the start of competitiom will be DELAYED.
Welcome Ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Competition will begin at 9:45 a.m.
Further updates will be posted as needed.
Rules Update to Take Effect at Junior Olympics for IJF-Junior and Cadet Categories
Following the passing of a motion by the USA Judo Board of Directors, athletes, coaches and referees are advised that all USA Judo national tournaments that serve as trials competitions for shiai events for Cadet, IJF-Junior and Senior categories will utilize the International Judo Federation rules regarding coaching during the match. The coach must remain seated on the chair throughout the match. During the match, the coach can only give instructions from this position. Coaching is authorized only during the pause after “Mate!” and before “Hajime!” It is strictly limited to communication with his athlete, for tactical advice, encouragements, and instructions.
This will apply to the regular Cadet and IJF-Junior categories in the national competition at the Junior Olympic Championships in Shreveport, LA this weekend. Open categories and all events in the international competition will not be affected.
Coach Dress Code
The dress code for coaches at the Junior Olympic Championships has been updated as follows:
All coaches must adhere to the following dress code during this event. Failure to adhere will be grounds for removal of coaching credentials.
Coaches may wear their club or USA Judo warm-up suit with pants reaching down to their shoes which need to be closed-toe (sandals and flip flops are NOT permitted). Coaches may wear a short or long-sleeved t-shirt as long as it has a judo club logo or USA Judo logo on it. Otherwise a collared shirt is required. Khaki pants are preferred, but dress jeans (no holes or markings) are also allowed.
Shreveport Convention Center
400 Caddo St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
The tournament host hotel is SOLD OUT.
Holiday Inn Shreveport Downtown
102 Lake St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
Room rates start at $125 per night plus taxes and fees.
Deadline: June 10, 2023
Call 318.222.7717 and use the code "USA Judo" to reserve your room.
Tournament Host Hotel
104 Market St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
Eligibility and selection criteria for the 2023 Junior and Cadet World Championship Teams can be found here.
How the 2023 Junior and Cadet World Championship Teams are Named
- A total of 10 male and 10 female athletes will represent USA Judo at the 2023 Cadet World Championships.
- A total of 9 male and 9 female athletes will represent USA Judo at the 2023 IJF Junior World Championships.
- The Cadet and IJF Junior Gold Medalists in each division from the 2023 USA Judo Junior Olympic National Championships will be offered the direct qualifier spot in their division.
- The silver medalists in each division will become the first alternates.
- The third-place athletes in each division will become the second alternates.
- The fourth-place athletes in each division will become the third alternates.
- The teams (Cadet and IJF Junior Worlds) will also include two male and two female wild cards, if applicable. These wild cards will be the two male and two female athletes with the most points on both the USA Judo National Cadet and IJF Junior roster as of end of day June 17, 2023. It is not possible to combine points from multiple divisions. In no case can any country have more than two athletes in one division.
- To qualify as a wild card athlete, it is not mandatory to compete at the 2023 USA Judo Junior Olympics National Championships.
- The wild card members cannot be in the same division.
- If the IJF changes the number of athletes that can participate in these tournaments, then USA Judo reserves the right to adjust the criteria.
All athletes must be members in good standing of USA Judo, including individuals without citizenship who are competing in events that are not a trials. Athletes may compete in the USA Judo Junior Olympic Championships if they meet the following eligibility requirements and there is no conflict regarding weigh-in and competition schedules.
Per the USA Judo Athlete / Event Payment Policy, any individual who has an outstanding debt from an international trip and has not made the required payment(s) within the payment window outlined in the policy will not be eligible to compete until the payment has been made.
All athletes must be current members in good standing of USA Judo in order to compete in the national competition regardless of citizenship
International Competition: Sunday Only
- U.S. Citizens OR
- Athletes with a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) or visas OR
- Athletes with an approval letter from an IJF-recognized international federation OR
- Athletes who meet the criteria of the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) refugee program and are currently approved with proof of documentation/acceptance from the IJF to participate in the refugee program are eligible to compete in the following categories OR
- Non-U.S. citizens who meet one (1) of the following criteria:
- Proof of athlete’s integration within a school or university system for at least one (1) year OR
- Proof of athlete’s Parent/Guardian residency WITHIN the U.S. for at least one (1) year
All necessary documents referenced above must be sent to Austin.Leath@usajudo.us.
All athletes must be current members in good standing of USA Judo in order to compete in the international competition, except athletes with international federation approval letters.
- Regular Categories: All ranks eligible
- Novice Categories: White, yellow or orange belts only
Point Roster criteria can be found here.
If a novice athlete has entered and medaled* in a regular category at a USA Judo national event, the athlete is not eligible to compete in any USA Judo national event novice categories during future tournaments.
- If an athlete entered and medaled in a regular category at the 2022 President’s Cup, the athlete will not be eligible to enter novice category in 2023 and beyond in a USA Judo national event.
- If a novice athlete entered and medaled in a regular category at the 2023 Youth Nationals, the athlete is NOT eligible for novice categories at future USA Judo national events, including the 2023 Junior Olympic Championships.
- Uncontested categories are exempt.
*If an athlete medaled in a regular category without winning a match, he or she is still allowed to compete in the novice division.
Any club whose athlete violates the above novice eligibility policy may be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, the withholding of coaching credentials for future national events.
Early Online Entry: May 25
Regular Online Entry: June 8
NOTE: Walk-up registrations WILL NOT be accepted at the USA Judo Junior Olympic Championships
Thursday, June 15, 2023
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hilton Shreveport (Room: Market 104)
Get the Junior Olympic Championships started with your judo friends and family from throughout the nation at a special pre-tournament dinner open to athletes, coaches, family members and more.
Admission: $18 (All Ages)
Spaghetti & Meatballs/Meat Sauce
Blackened Chicken Alfredo
Cheese Garlic Bread
Cookies and Brownies
Only 200 tickets available, purchase yours now.
Deadline: Monday, June 12.
Purchase TicketU.S. citizens and athletes who meet the criteria of the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) refugee program, and are currently approved with proof of documentation/acceptance from the IJF to participate in the refugee program, may compete in all categories in the national competition. Please provide a copy of the necessary documents to Austin.Leath@usajudo.us.
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