Archive for the ‘Judo Rules & Referees’ Category

Rules Clinic Reminder – This Sunday – Saito-dojo

February 13, 2014

IpponJust a reminder – Please register for the Rules Update Clinic to be held this Sunday

This clinic is for all referees , as well as for competitors and coaches who need to understand the new rules for competition

Click here for details.

Referee Workshop – 2014 IJF Rules Update – February 16 – Saito Dojo

February 3, 2014

IJFDate: February 16, 2014

Time: Registration; 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Clinic: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Include practical practice)

Certification (Local Level): 1:40pm to 3:00pm

Birmingham YMCA
400 E. Lincoln
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 644-9036

Cost: $10 for registered referees, $20 non-referees

Clinician: Mr. Noboru Saito Hachidan, IJF ‘A’

Note: Bring your gi to the clinic.

Click here for Flier and registration form.

New IJF Gi Regulations – Local Effective Date TBD

December 17, 2013


2014 Gi Rules

Click here for full details.

Ohio Judo Rules Clinic and Joint Workout

April 23, 2013

OSJILogo002The purpose of this event is to review, explain current interpretations, and answer questions about the competition rules to be used at judo events this year.

This should be beneficial for referees, coaches, players and parents.  It will also provide new players and experienced players the opportunity to work out with players from other clubs.

This event will also be used as a first step in training new referees, timers, and other tournament officials.

Click here for complete information: Ohio Judo Rules Clinic & Joint Workout

Date:  Sunday – April 28, 2013


Kettering Recreation Center
2900 Glengarry Drive
Kettering, Ohio 45429

Call for Referees 2013 Ontario Open

April 18, 2013

Hello fellow Referees and Referee Committee Chairs,

IpponI am pleased to invite you and your fellow referees (National “C” and higher) to officiate at the “2013 Ontario Open” for divisions U15, U18, U21, Seniors and Masters.

The tournament will take place at the MasterCard Centre, 400 Kipling Ave, Toronto (Etobicoke), ON, M8V 4L1 on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19, 2013. (Click here for tournament info). Referees are asked to present themselves to the Chief Referee in the Official’s lounge at the venue for a Roll-call by 0730 on both days.

Interested referees, please RSVP to pre-register for your accreditation by clicking on this e-mail link.

Referee accreditation will take place in the Official Hotel – Marriot Toronto Airport, 901 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON M9W 1J5 on Friday, May 17.

You must have accreditation to enter the tournament venue on Saturday and Sunday.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated prompt reply and we look forward to your attendance at the shiai.

Best Regards,
Frank Vossen
Chair, Referee Committee – Judo Ontario – Président des Comités d’Arbitrage
Chief Referee – 2013 Ontario Open – l’Arbitre en chef
Tel.: 519-825-3856

Call to Referees – Irwin Cohen Memorial April 21

April 16, 2013
2013 Irwin Cohen
Chief Referee Dr. Gary Berliner and Tournament Director Aaron Cohen have asked that this announcement be distributed to National Referees as an invitation to participate in this Evaluation event.

Click here for Tournament Announcement.

Ralph Palmer
Assistant to the Chairman
USA Judo Referee Commission

2013 IJF Rule Changes Effective March 22, 2013

March 10, 2013

Thanks to all attendees at Saturday’s IJF Rules Clinic, hosted by Noboru Saito-sensei at Saito-dojo at the Birmingham Family Y.

In addition to on-the-mat practical training sessions, applying the rules to mock matches,  a classroom session was held reviewing the following materials:

If you missed the clinic,please review these materials, as the effective date is March 22 (at the USA Judo Scholastics).

Clinic attendees, please use these materials for review.

Thanks to Sait0-sensei for sharing his knowledge and experience.

REMINDER – Rules Clinic Next Saturday – Saito Dojo

March 3, 2013

Attention Coaches, Referees and Competitors:

Please attend this important clinic which will explain the 2013 IJF Rule changes.  These changes are designed to encourage action and to further differentiate judo from other grappling sports. Although they may appear to be a minor natural progression from the present rules, adopting and adopting to these rules will be challenging for all shia participants: referees, coaches and players.

Clinician: N. Saito, Hachidan, IJF A Referee, Olympic and World Championship Finals Referee.

Click here for clinic details and registration form and click here for the rule changes.

Clinic proceeds to the benefit of Michigan Judo Development Association, a 501(c)(3) Charity.

2013 Rules Change Clinic – N. Saito, IJF-A – March 9

February 16, 2013

IpponDate: March 9, 2013

Topic: 2013 Rule Changes

Clinician: Mr. Noboru Saito Hachidan, IJF ‘A’, Olympic and World Championship Finals Referee


Registration; 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Clinic: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Include practical practice)
Certification (Local Level): 1:40pm to 3:00pm


Birmingham YMCA (judo dojo)
400 E. Lincoln
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 644-9036

Cost: $10 for registered referees,  $20 non-referees. Proceeds to the benefit of Michigan Judo Development Association

Please complete this form and bring to clinic: 2013-03-09 Saito Referee Clinic Registration Form

Local Level Referee Certification available.

Note: Bring your gi to the clinic.

ELIGIBILITY: All contestants must present a valid U.S.J.I., U.S.J.F. or U.S.J.A card at the workshop site. If you cannot produce a card, in order to participate, you will need to purchase a membership on site. Foreign participants must have the proper ID from their home country.


February 11, 2013
USA Judo Logo Vertical 2009 RPlease click this link to the rule clarifications that was prepared by the USA Judo Referee Commission and USA Judo High Performance based on the rule changes meeting held in Mexico City last weekend.  Note that these rules do not go into effect until March 22, 2013, after both the Konan Invitational and the Michigan Open.

Click here for video examples.

Please feel free to forward on!

Rules Clinic, March 9, 2013, Saito-dojo



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