2023 World Tour and Continental Open Selection Procedure

    Attention Elite Team Roster athletes,

    The international event selection form for tournaments held July 1 – December 31, 2023, is now open.

    Athletes must be a current USA Judo member in good standing and must also meet one of the following criteria to qualify to participate in the following International competitions:

    Athletes must meet the following criteria to qualify to participate in the following international competitions.

    • Athletes must be on the current Senior Elite National Roster to qualify for Continental Opens.
    • An athlete has the right to petition the USA Judo High Performance committee to attend Continental Opens. Contact Alex Bates for more information: Alex.Bates@usajudo.us
    • Finished in top 5 at a Continental Open in the past 4 years OR
    • Must have been a member of the Senior World Team or Senior Pan American Team in the past 2 years OR
    • Finished top 5 in one of the past two Junior World Championships OR
    • Finished top 7 or higher in a Grand Prix or Grand Slam in the past 4 years OR
    • Medaled at the Junior Pan American Championships in the past 2 years (Updated October 15, 2021)

    (See example of event selection submission form below)

    • Selections for teams for the Grand Prix tournaments and Grand Slams will be awarded in descending order (No. 1 selection, No. 2 selection, etc.) starting with the athletes who are ranked highest on the Olympic Ranking List as of June 26, 2023.
    • Choices for Grand Prix and Grand Slam tournaments will be awarded in descending order (No. 1 selection, No. 2 selection, etc.) starting with the athletes who are ranked highest on the ORL as of June 26, 2023.
    • It is important that athletes select the Grand Prix tournaments and/or Grand Slams they are most interested in attending as their #1 selection, then the second most wanted event as their No. 2 selection, and so on. This will give athletes a better chance at being awarded the events they are most interested in attending.
    • Below is the explained process of how event selections will be awarded:
      • Round 1 - In the first round of event selections awarded, those who are ranked #1 on the ORL in their weight division will be given their top 3 choices for Grand Prix and Grand Slams. Those ranked #2 in their ORL weight division will be given their top 2 choices. Finally, those who are ranked #3 in their weight division and beyond, in descending order (i.e. #3, 4, 5, etc.), will be given their first choice out of the Grand Prix and/or Grand Slam events they’ve asked to attend that still have an open spot available.
      • Round 2 - Once the first round of event selections are awarded (meaning the #1 ranked athletes in each division got their top 3 Grand Prix/Grand Slam selections, the #2 ranked athletes got their top 2 Grand Prix/Grand Slam selections, #3, #4, #5, etc. ranked athletes got awarded their first available Grand Prix/Grand Slam selection), then the second round of awarding selections begins. Starting from the top of the ORL (athlete ranked #1 and so on) in each weight division, USA Judo awards the next one (1) Grand Prix or Grand Slam event that comes up in order on each athlete's selections list that is still available after Round 1 selections have been awarded.
      • Round 3 - etc. - The following rounds of awarding event selections (round 3, 4, 5, etc.) will work the same way as round two (2) until all Grand Prix and Grand Slam available spots have been awarded.
      • Final Round - As Continental Open events do not have the "two athletes per weight division limit" like Grand Prix and Grand Slams do, every athlete is awarded all of the Continental Opens that they submit selections for in the final round of event selections that are awarded. It is important for athletes to include all of the continental opens they are interested in attending at the end of their event selections list as this will ensure that the athletes receive team email communications on those continental opens once the information packets are posted by the IJF.
    • It is likely that each athlete will not get awarded every Grand Prix or Grand Slam that they submit selections for. The above process gives a fair opportunity to attend Grand Prix and/or Grand Slams to all athletes who have met the criteria to attend Grand Prix and Grand Slams.
    • It is important that athletes list all possible events they are interested in attending for the July 1 – December 31, 2023 time period as these event selections will give USA Judo the list of athletes to send further information and deadlines to for each event.
    • For spots that were never filled for any particular Grand Prix or Grand Slam, also follow the procedure for open spots below.
    Register for Event Selections , opens in a new tab
    • Athletes must meet the above international tournament criteria for the respective event they send in requests to fill open spots for.
    • It will be the responsibility of each athlete to check the posted event rosters and deadlines for each tournament periodically HERE in case a spot opens up on one of the Grand Prix or Grand Slam event rosters.Check Open Spots
      • Athletes must submit their request(s) to fill in an open spot by the specific deadline posted for each tournament.
      • USA Judo will evaluate athletes who have submitted requests via email to Alex (Alex.Bates@usajudo.us) to fill in any open spots and determine who is ranked higher on the ORL on that deadline day (each event will have a different deadline posted) in order to select who will fill the open spot(s).
      • If an empty spot becomes available after the posted "request to fill open spots deadline" for any given event (due to reasons like late drop outs, injuries, etc.), USA Judo will be unable to fill anyone in for that spot as we have to meet submission deadlines for hotels, transportation, payment, etc. as posted by the organizing committee for each event.

      Please note, Paris 2024 Olympic Games qualification began on June 24, 2022 with the Grand Slam in Mongolia.

      Olympic Games Selection Procedures

      As a reminder, no late entries for athlete inscriptions are accepted by the IJF during the Olympic qualification period. Therefore, it is very important that we stick to deadlines for submitting information for every tournament.

      Note: The IJF does not guarantee a refund of hotel and miscellaneous fees if athletes drop out late from any tournament.

      Event selection requests for July 1 – December 31, 2023 can be submitted from June 6-30, 2023 by clicking the button below.

      Submit Request

      1. July 1-2 – Panamerican Open – Guayaquil, Ecuador
      2. July 1-2 – Asian Open – Taipei, Chinese Taipei
      3. July 8-9 – European Open – Tallinn, Estonia
      4. July 8-9 – Panamerican Open – Bahia, Brazil
      5. July 22-23 – Panamerican Open – Lima, Peru
      6. August 18-20 – Grand Prix – Zagreb, Croatia
      7. September 16-17 – European Open – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
      8. September 22-24 – Grand Slam – Baku, Azerbaijan
      9. September 30-October 1 – European Open – Prague, Czech Republic
      10. October 7-8 – Asian Open – Aktau, Kazakhstan
      11. October 14-15 – Oceania Open – Tahiti, French Polynesia
      12. October 24-26 – Grand Slam – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
      13. November 11-12 – African Open – Dakar, Senegal
      14. November 18-19 10-11 – Oceania Open – Perth, Australia (Grand Prix selection rules/points)
      15. November 18-19 – Panamerican Open – Montreal, Canada
      16. November 18-19 – African Open – Yaounde, Cameroon
      17. December 2-3 – Grand Slam – Tokyo, Japan
      18. December 2-3 – Asian Open – Hong Kong, Hong Kong

      Based on the event selections athletes submit by end of day on June 30, 2023, there will be specific deadlines for each event (posted at the same location as the event rosters HERE) by which athletes will have to confirm their hotel check in/check out dates, room type and requested roommate or they will be removed from that event roster.

      Final event rosters based on the awarded selections for each event will be posted HERE by end of day Friday, July 7, 2023.As always, reach out to Alex Bates (Alex.Bates@usajudo.us o: 719-866-3260) with any questions.

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