Rules Update to Take Effect at Junior Olympics for IJF-Junior and Cadet Categories

by USA Judo

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.

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