2024 World Tour and Continental Open Selection Procedure


Attention Elite Team Roster athletes,

The international event selection form for tournaments held from Sep. 13 – Dec. 31, 2024, 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 Grand Prix and Grand Slams tournaments will be awarded in descending order (No. 1 selection, No. 2 selection, etc.) starting with the athletes who are ranked highest on the World Ranking List (WRL) published after the conclusion of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
  • Details on how events are awarded is explained below:
    • Round 1 - In the first round of event selections awarded, those who are ranked #1 on the WRL in their weight division will be given their top two (2) choices for Grand Prix and Grand Slams. Next, those who are ranked No. 2 in their weight division and beyond, in descending order (No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 etc.), will be given their first available choice out of the Grand Prix and/or Grand Slam requested. Note, only two (2) athletes per weight division per country are allowed for Grand Prix or Grand Slam events.
    • Round 2 - Starting from the top of the WRL and working in descending order in each weight division (No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, etc…), USA Judo will award the next one (1) Grand Prix or Grand Slam listed under an 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 the second round until all Grand Prix and Grand Slam available spots have been awarded.
    • Final Round - As Continental Open events do not have limits to athlete participation as Grand Prix and Grand Slam events do, every eligible athlete will be awarded all of the Continental Opens that they submit selections. 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 or local organizing committees.
  • 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 eligible and qualified athletes to attend Grand Prix and/or Grand Slam.
  • It is important that athletes list all possible events they are interested in attending for the Sep. 13 - Dec. 31, 2024 time period to ensure timely communication of event deadlines between athletes and USA Judo.
  • Any unfilled roster spots for Grand Prix or Grand Slams will follow the procedure listed below.

Submit Request

  • 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 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 WRL 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 open spot request deadline for any given event (due to reasons such as late dropouts, injuries, etc.), USA Judo will be unable to fill that spot if deadlines for hotels, transportation, payment, etc. as posted by the organizing committee for each event have passed.

(September 13 - December 31)

2024 IJF Senior Calendar

Selection requests for events held between September 13, 2024 - December 31, 2024 can be submitted from July 19 - August 5, 2024 by clicking the button below.

Submit Request

Based on the event selections athletes submit by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, August 5, 2024, there will be specific deadlines for each event (posted at the same location as the event rosters) 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 by end of day on August 9.As always, reach out to Alex Bates (Alex.Bates@usajudo.us o: 719-866-3260) with any questions.