`BJA NORTHERN AREANEWSLETTER
                              JULY 09

The Northern Area Judo Trials are to take place

                     British Judo Association. – Northern Area.
         Northern Area Closed Trials Championships. 2009.
Date.        Sunday 13th September 2009.

Venue.      Newburn Leisure Centre. Grange Road, Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne.
            NE15. 8ND. Tel. 0191 2640014.

Competition. B.J.A. 2 Star event. B.J.A. Contest Rules apply.
             Players must hold a current B.J.A. or Associated Licence.with the
             Northern Area as the specified Area. Top 4 players in each category
             will form the Northern Area selections for the British Championships
             to be held in Sheffield on the 10th/11th October 2009.
Format.      Pools system throughout. Categories may be amalgamated but results
             will be calculated in categories of their original entry.

            Age Bands and Weight Categories.
Band “B”.    (Born1996 – 1997.incl.) Minimum Grade. 10th Mon. Green.
        Boys. U30k. U34k. U38k. U42k. U46k. U50k. U55k. U60k. U66k. O66k.
        Girls. U32k. U36k. U40k. U44k. U48k. U52k. U57k. U63k. O63k.
             Shime-waza and Kansetsu-waza not allowed. Contest duration 3mins.

Band “C”. (Born 1994 – 1995.incl.) Minimum Grade. 10th Mon. Green.
       Boys. U38k. U42k. U46k. U50k. U55k. U60k. U66k. U73k. U81k, U90. O90k.
       Girls. U40k. U44k. U48k. U52k. U57k. U63k. U70k. O70k.
             Shime-waza allowed in any category. Kansetsu-waza NOT allowed.
                                                     Contest duration. 3 mins.

Band “D”. (Born 1991 – 1993 incl.).    Minimum Grade. 13th Mon. Blue.
       Boys. U55k. U60k. U66k. U73k. U81k. U90k. U100k. O100k.
       Girls. U44k. U48k. U52k. U57k. U63k. U70k. U78k. O78k.
              Shime-waza & Kansetsu-waza allowed. Contest duration. 4 mins.
Booking in &Weighing in.      Bands “B” and “C”. 8.30.a.m. – 9.30.a.m.
                              Band “D”. 9.30.a.m. – 10.30.a.m.
               Boys. .05k. allowance.    Girls. ..06k. allowance.

Entry Fee. £12.00.         Closing Date. Monday 7th September 2009.
P.O.s & Cheques. To be made out to B.J.A. Northern Area.
Entries to ;- Mr. M. Bradshaw. 24, Victoria Street, Dunston, Gateshead. NE11. 9AX.
              Tel. 0191 4606709. E-mail. mikebradshaw1928@blueyonder.co.uk

Spectators. Admission £2.00. U16.s and accredited Coaches Free.

Players provide their own blue and white belts.

The Northern Area Secretary attended the National Competition Representatives Meeting over the
weekend 26th July 09 to find out the "proposed " changes to the way competitions are to be run in
the future. Competitions are to be organised into "levels" in the future and the old star system is to
be removed. These proposed new levels will be from level 1/ to level 5/ depending upon the age
and ability of the competitors. There will also be guidance on the way a tournament license is to be
applied for in order to ensure that events are run for the right players in the right manner.

Tournament Directors are to be encouraged to improve the minimum requirements where possible
in order to enhance the event.

The " National Tournament Licensing Scheme" is mandatory for all tournaments with one
THAT CLUB" with less than 50 competitors, it may be run as a Judo Festival.

Concessions for any tournament that cannot comply with the minimum requirements may be
authorised by the BJA on a case by case basis before the license is granted. Sixteen weeks notice
should be given prior to the event if this situation arises.

A Tournament Director should firstly plan the size and level of the Event based upon the minimum
requirements before filling out the Tournament License Application form (down load via BJA web
site or from BJA Head Office) and sending it to the Area Secretary who will sign it and post it off
to the Competition Coordinator at Head Office.

Tournament Directors are strongly advised to contact BJA Head Office to discuss dates for events
before submitting an application as preference for events will be given to IJF/EJU/BJA/ Home
County/Area events.

Any application should be submitted asap and for level 1 to 3 events need 12 weeks notice should
be given, whilst level 4 events and above six months notice should be given. The level of the event
can be decided upon by studying the National competition Framework model below. Any event
must have its license displayed in a prominent position above head height.

Any application must have state what stage the Long Term Player Development the event is
targeted at.

The cost of running level 1 and 2 events will be £20.00 and level 3 and above will be £30.00

However the license fee will be wavered if the organizers agree to pay the BJA trust 50 pence per
player for juniors or £1.00 per player for seniors.

Late applications will be granted at the discretion of the BJA

Any literature appertaining to the event should have the words "British Judo Association
National Competition Framework Level...1, 2, 3, 4 or 5"
clearly displayed. After the competition and within 7 days the Tournament Director should have
the license correctly filled in and returned to the Competition Coordinator at BJA Head Office.
This will state that the competition was run in compliance with the relevant standards and
information was supplied with regard to

Injuries, Complaints, Irregularities, Numbers of competitors, Referees and Officials in attendance,
Results (ideally sent via electronically), Start time of first and last contest, Points scoring sheets
and any other general information.

It is against BJA rules to organise an event in which you cannot meet the minimum requirements.

If the event is a senior points scoring event, copies of all score sheets in categories with potential to
score must be included with the license. Points can only be scored where full contest rules apply.

For level 4 and 5 events copies of all score sheets MUST be sent to Head Office for the
information of the National Squad Managers.
 Level   Age           Grade/Belt          L.T.P.D.                            Examples
 1       8 to 15 years Red/Yellow          FUNdamentals                        Club Cham
                                                                               Inter-Club C
                                                                               School Spo
                                                                               County Spo
2       8 to 15 years    Red                Learning to Train                  County Cha
                         Yellow             And                                Regional C
                         Orange             FUNdamentals
3       10 to 17 years   Orange             Training to Train                  Regional
                         Green              And                                Multi-Regio
                         Blue               Learning to Train
4       12 to 17 years   Green              Training to Train                  National Pr
                         Blue                                                  National Ca
                         Brown                                                 British Junio
                         Black                                                 British Cade
                                                                               National Ca
                                                                               National Op
5      14 to 19 years    Blue/Brown/Black   Training to Compete                European Y
                                                                               European C
                                                                               UK School
                                                                               World Junio
                                                                               European J

 Level    Age.        Grade/Belt.      L.T.P.D.          Events
 1        14 years    Red              FUNdamentals      Club Championships
          plus        Yellow                             Inter-Club Championships
                                                         Lower Kyu Grade Championships.
 2        14 years    Yellow           Learning to Train Regional Closed Championships
          plus        Orange                             County Closed Championships
                      Green.                             Middle Kvu Grade Championships
 3        14 years    Green            Training to Train British Masters Championships
          plus        Blue                               Open Masters Championships
                      Brown                              Regional Open and Closed Champi
                             Black                                           Upper Kvu Grade Championships.
 4         16 years          Brown                 Training to Compete       International B Tournaments
           plus              Black                                           Senior British Championships
                                                                             Junior World Cups.
                                                                             Under 20 years British Championsh
                                                                             Home Nations Open Senior and Jun
                                                                             World and European Masters
 5         20 years          Black                 Training to Win           Olympic/Paralympics Games.
           plus                                                              Senior World Championships.
                                                                             Senior European Championships
                                                                             Senior World Cups

Good Practice at Children's weigh-in

A person is regarded as a child if they are under 18 years old and/or in full time education up to
year 12 or equivalent.
The following recommendations are for when a tournament is for entirely under 18 year olds.
Weigh-ins should be conducted in an open environment where the scales,
children/officials/parents can be openly seen. There is a need to keep the weigh-in area controlled
and kept clear but this should be done in such a way, which does not obscure the view of the
scales area.
One responsible adult should be allowed to approach the scales area with the player should the
player request this.
Boys must weigh-in wearing competition acceptable judogi trousers and receive a O.5kg weight
Girls must weigh-in wearing competition acceptable judogi trousers and at-shirt and will be given
an O.6kg allowance.
Players must not under any circumstances get changed into their judogi trousers and/or
Tee-Shirts in the weigh-in area; they must use the changing rooms.
The BJA recommend that weigh-ins do not take place before 0800hrs.
Mixed Events

There may be some events where children under 18 years may be competing with adults over the
age of 18; the British Senior Closed is an example. For these events the weigh-ins must be in a
closed environment due to the adults weighing in without clothes on.
In these cases a screen should be used to allow the scales area to be private so that adults can
remove all clothing to weigh in. When players under the age of 18 years old weigh in with the
scales behind a privacy screen they must do so wearing judogis trousers and t-shlrt as
appropriate and be given the appropriate weight allowance.
If scales are behind a privacy screen two officials must be present whilst an under 18 year player
weighs in.
An under 18 year old player can have an advocate e.g. coach or parent present whilst they weigh
in should they wish.
At no stage should any official be on their own with a player under 18 years old.

Mobile Phones

Please note it is best practice that the use of mobile phones is completely prohibited at any weigh-in,
whether adult or child. However for children's weigh-ins mobile phones must not be used in at all.
Except by officials.

Reporting and Weighing-in

   Competitors must acquaint themselves with the Weighing-in/Booking-in procedure in operation at
    the event, and must weigh-in and register to the satisfaction of the Officials.
 Each competitor will be weighed to assess the category into which he/she will be entered (upper
    and lower limits of the category MUST be satisfied).
 Any competitor unable to satisfy the limits of his/her desired category will be given until the closing
    time for weighing-in to attempt to comply with these limits. No weight allowance should, under
    normal circumstances be allowed, with the exception of under 18years.
 After weighing-in the competitor must leave their Weigh-in card with the Weigh-in Official,
    exchanging it for a Competitor Ticket, where applicable.
 Competitors who fail to leave their weighing-in card with the Weigh-in Official will not be included
    in the Draw.
 Evidence of eligibility (according to Rule 2 above) must be produced on the day when booking-in.
    Any competitor from Great Britain unable to produce evidence of a current British Judo
    Association Membership or affiliates for whatever reason may not compete.
 Non-British Judo Association or affiliates competitors must produce proof of membership of the
    Official Federation to which they belong (International Judo Federation or Continental Union, e.g.
    European Judo Union).
 Any foreign competitor whose membership is for a Country other than that of his/her passport
    must also bring a letter of authority from the International Judo Federation Member federation of
    the Country that issued the passport.
 For weighing-in and booking-in times, see information sheet for the event.
 If a competitor is unavoidably delayed en-route, and contacts the Tournament Director, they may
    be allowed to participate at the Tournament Directors discretion.
Guidelines for Tournament Directors, Directors and Event Manager in section 3 of this Manual.

    Level of Event    Contest Area Metres                    Safety Area          Adjoining
    One               Four                                   Three                Three
    Two               Four                                   Three                Three
    Three             Five                                   Three                Three
    Four              Six                                    Four                 Four
    Five              Seven                                  Five                 Five

Competitors should start their contests by the time period below for the various Levels of
Level 1 = within two hours Level 2 = within two hours Level 3 = within three hours Level 4 = within
four hours.
The BJA strongly recommends staggered/rolling weigh-ins to prevent players having to wait too
long before competing.

Competition Manual Snippets

BJA competitions are categorised into "Levels". The five Levels are detailed below:
For details of all levels of events refer to the Competition Pathway Framework and Minimum
Level 1 - FUNdamental Events: These events are purely development ones where the
emphasis is very much about 'FUN' and 'HAVE A GO' where winning and losing is not important.
There are to introduce players to the contest environment and get familiar with the rules, etiquette
Level 2 - FUNdamental/Learning to Train Events: These events are designed for players who
have had experience at level one. The emphasis is learning about competition environment and
building on experiences gained.
Level 3 - Learning To Train/Training to Train Events: These events are for players who have
gained substantial experience at level 2. They provide more contest opportunities for recreational
players but also allow for development of aspiring elite players. Emphasis on winning starts to be
a factor at this level, but of course, performance and attitude would remain crucial.
Level 4 - Training To Train/Training to Compete: These events would involve players who are
taking the sport seriously and have ambitions to compete for their Country and participate in major
international events.
Levels - Training To Compete/Training to Win: These are major international events for elite
players who will have been selected to represent their country. e.g. UK School Games through to
the Olympic/Para Olympic games. The Technical Specification for these events is very high and
they would be run by National and/or International Federations.


The teams which are medalists at the previous year's corresponding tournament will be
seeded. The draw will be at random. "Geographical" separation may be carried out where
there are "A" and "B" teams entered, as in above.

Where first round pools are used the finalists from last year's Championships' are seeded to
head the four pools as follows:

Gold from previous year                  ,                                Pool
Silver from previous year                                                 Pool
    Bronze from previous year losing to Silver                            Pool
    Bronze from previous year losing to Gold                              Pool

It is a recommendation that the Team Managers/Captains are invited to the draw.

Weight Categories

In team competition only, players are permitted to fight within their own weight category or
one weight category higher. For this reason, at the weigh-in, the official should enter a
player's exact weight against each name as well as the category they have entered in.
BJA recommendation that players under 18 only fight in their weight category. Teams are
usually composed of one competitor per weight category plus the option of 1 Reserve.
Variations to the composition of the team may be permitted for individual team events. Should
a competitor be substituted by the reserve during the competition, the original team member
cannot return to the team at a later stage. Where more than one team member per Area/Club
is entered, members from one team cannot act as a reserve for another team.

Reporting and Weighing-in

Team Managers must have booked and weighed in their team and reserves at the booking-in
desk by the time stated on the information sheet for the event. Team Managers should
deposit a copy of the Entry Form at the booking-in desk for certification. At National Events,
two copies should be deposited.
Any competitors unable to produce evidence of current BJA Membership or affiliates, for
whatever reason, may not compete. The 90-day Area Rule applies
In points scoring events, points cards should be left with the official conducting the booking-in.
Please ensure that these are fully completed with, Name, Address, Date of Birth, etc. point's
cards must be collected at the end of the event. Point's cards that are not collected will be
sent to BJA head office.

Fusen Gachi

When a player fails to appear for a contest for whatever reason that position in the team will
remain vacant for the rest of the tournament in senior events.
In junior events the Tournament Director may use their discretion to allow the offending player
to continue or to allow a replacement.

Fighting Order

In all events the fighting order should be from the lowest weight category upwards.

Team Matches

Individual contests within a team match will run as a normal contest including golden score
then hantei.

Winning team

The winning team is the team with the most number of individual contest wins. Should there
be an equal number of individual contest wins then the team with the highest number of points
is the winning team.
If the number of points is also equal, then if the match is in the pool stage of the event, the
team match will be declared a draw.
In the event that a team match ends in a draw without a drawn contest and a winner is
required the fighting positions (including any fusengachi positions but excluding any position
in which neither team had a player) are allocated numbers and the numbers placed in a
container. The number drawn out will indicate the competitors who shall fight off to decide the
winning team.

Team competitions are recommended to have an odd number of players within the

Use of Reserves

At Team events a player is permitted to fight at his/her own weight or one weight above. For
this reason the actual weight of all players should be recorded on the weighing-in sheet at the
time of the weigh-in, this is to ensure that the Tournament Director is aware in which weight
categories each individual player is permitted to fight.
Once a reserve has competed in a match he/she must continue to compete for that team at
that weight. The original team member is not permitted to return to the team at a later stage,
nor is the reserve able to compete in a different weight category at a later stage, even though
he/she was originally entered to cover both weights.
Having once appeared on the mat for a team, a player cannot be used as a substitute for
another team in the same tournament.
A player who is 'temporarily injured' may on production of a confirming note from the Medical
Officer for the tournament, step on the mat, bow, and then forfeit the match (Kiken-Gachi) in
order to keep the place open for future rounds of the competition.

                 The new format with the various sections is as follows,

1 / Senior Men, -66, -73, -81, -90 and plus 90 kgs

2/ Senior Women -52, -57, -63, -70 and plus 70 kgs

3/ 12 to 15 yrs boys -38, -42, -50, -60, -66, -73 and plus 73. No strangles or arm locks, year

4/ 12 to 15 yrs girls -36, -40, -48, -57, -63, -70 and plus 70 kgs

5/ 14 to 19 yrs male -55, -66, -73, -81 and plus 81, year born

6/ 14 to 19 yrs female -44, -52, -63, -70 and plus 70 kgs, year born

7/ Masters men -73, -90 and plus 90 kgs, O 35 yrs

8/ Masters Women Open weight team of three, lightest to heaviest, O 30 yrs

The BJA will not demand that all of the above sections are catered for but would encourage
as many different groups as possible.

Before making any submission to the BJA please consider the following,

1.      The event must be held on one day, ~.
2.      The venue should be able to cater for four mats areas, of which two could have 7 x 7
        metre contest areas with 3 metre safety area.
3.      No player may fight in more than one team.
4.      Only same day weigh-ins will be permitted, however these can be staggered.
5.      Each Area/Home Nation must bring a minimum of one suitably qualified Referee with
    their teams and more if possible or pay for a referee to attend on their behalf
6.      All other Team Championship rules will be as the New Competition Manual which is
    currently on the BJA website.
7.      Support will be available from the BJA Technical Competition Officials Commission.
If your Area/Home Nation is interested in hosting this event please contact James Sills at
Head Office.
                       BRITISH JUDO ASSOCIATION

These guidance notes are prepared to help Competition Controllers and Senior
Examiners in the adequate reporting of injuries to the Association's insurers. When a
competitor at a grading or competition is injured and has to be referred to a hospital A&E
department or is advised to see their GP as a precaution, it must be reported. This is
particularly relevant where a minor is the injured party.
It is recognised that few reported incidents result in a claim under the Association's
Personal Accident policy and thankfully, even fewer with a Civil Liability claim but our
insurers require this information for their risk profile of the sport. It is to our benefit if we
are able to report incidents that do not result in a claim.


The collection of information of a reportable incident should be carried out whilst those
involved, including witnesses, still have a clear idea of the circumstances and the
INCIDENT NOTIFICATION ADVICE form (INA) is completed. For a serious injury, that in
the opinion of those present might result in a Civil Liability claim, it is advisable to have a
full report.
The INA is primarily designed for club incidents in all sports but our insurers require us to
use it for our gradings and competitions as well as incidents that occur in clubs at randori
etc. so that the following will help in understanding how to complete the form.
- Insured Member - this should record the name of the Competition Controller or for
gradings, the Senior Examiner in charge. This does not imply responsibility for the
incident but is a reference and records who was in charge of the event.

Property Damage - this section is irrelevant.
- Circumstances & Responsibility & legal action. - these sections are only occasionally
relevant as most injuries occur as part of the "normal" sporting activity of judo. If however
it is felt that blame lies with one party then it should be declared and certainly if legal
action is mentioned by the injured party it should be reported.
Witnesses- it is very important that a witness(s) is named. This requirement is best
covered by naming the referee in charge of the contest and/or a table official if the incident
was clear. Claims have arisen some time after the event and this causes problems
because of the difficulty in recalling who was involved etc.
Although not specifically stated on the form, the insurers often ask for details of the
opponent of the injured party. If in a grading, the grade and weight of both players is
As you will know, since 1 January 2004, clubs and venues like leisure centres must by law
keep an Accident Book. Any accident that results in injury must be recorded therein and a
copy of that entry should accompany the INA from as the insurers invariably ask for it
even if a claim is not filed
It is emphasised that the information is for the protection of the officials and if incidents are
not reported or greatly delayed, then our insurers may be obliged to admit liability and pay
the claim which will in the end harm the Association and lead to higher insurance


An injury for these purposes is defined as:
- Any head injury that requires medical treatment
- Any fracture or suspected fracture other than to fingers, thumbs or toes
Dislocation or suspected dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine.

For minors, injuries can be difficult to define but if the parent is advised by an official or
coach to see a doctor, it should be reported so as to cover our responsibility.


There are specific injuries that allow a licence holder to claim for compensation under our
Personal Accident policy. At present these injuries include:

Broken arm Fractured collar bone Broken leg
- And more serious injuries like permanent loss of sight or hearing Hospitalisation is also
covered after 24hrs for all injuries at £25/day
It should be understood that a claim can only be made by the individual injured (or
Parent/guardian) and the INA is the main corroborating evidence. If a claim is to be made,
a form will be sent from Head Office to the individual's home or his/her club. This
information can be accessed on the BJA website.
July 2009.

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