2016 Cadet Identification Policy

– Building on the British Judo Cadet strategy, the Cadet Identification policy articulates how British Judo and its Home Nation partners will deliver a new annual programme that culminates in the identification of the GB Cadet Futures squad of players and coaches.

– The GB Futures squad will travel to Japan in October to experience one of the most important and inspiring judo nations in the world. A truly fantastic opportunity.

– Talented players will now be identified across three areas, which are weighted in terms of their priority:

1) Technical Performance in Competition – players will now be evaluated by their ability to apply the two priority Trademarks ‘ Throw for Ippon’ and ‘Win in Newaza’. Players and Coaches should focus on using Competition to show their Tachiwaza and Newaza skills rather than focussing on winning medals or gaining ranking points.

2) Performance Behaviours – we know that to be the very best you need more than talent alone, you need key characteristics and behaviours such as a great attitude to training, resilience in demanding situations and the ability to take on board coaching input. Home Nation leads will now assess players across a range of performance behaviours in competition and training so it’s important for players to engage with their Home Nation programme.

3) Competition Performances – the lowest priority in the policy but we do recognise the need to target key competitions and allow players to show their potential, however in the Cadet age group this should not be at the expense of demonstrating the ability to throw for Ippon and demonstrate excellent groundwork skills.

– This policy represents a big shift for the sport but one that British Judo and the Home Nations feel is essential for the long term development of our talented youngsters.

The take-home messages are simple:

(1) Focus on your Tachiwaza and Newaza skills, use randori to practice them and use those skills in competition as much as possible.

(2) Commit to your Home Nation programmes, demonstrate a great attitude and appetite to develop.

(3) Finally, use competition to develop, don’t spend a fortune travelling around Europe chasing medals or ranking points, it’s really not important at this stage.

Darren Warner, Chief Executive, Welsh Judo Association

“The new BJA Cadet Identification Policy provides a clear and coherent strategy for long term athlete development,highlighting the need for fundamental Judo skills as a foundation. 

“I’m extremely happy that at the Cadet stage, the emphasis is on development of technical, tactical, physical and psychological attributes needed to deliver at the highest level. It’s crucial that our players and coaches buy into this philosophy if we’re to achieve long term success.”

Ciaran Ward, NI Judo Talent Coach:

“The newly published BJA Cadet Identification Policy represents a bold and important shift in strategy toward athlete development. The new ‘Policy’ promotes the development of the competencies needed to underpin a sustainable career at senior high performance level.

“The rationale informing the shift away from a competition focus for Cadets, is both progressive and appropriate. The Northern Ireland Talent Development Programme (NITDP) is an entirely competency focused programme.  

“The NITDP prioritises Performance Behaviours & Technical Competency as the primary benchmarks of development at this stage of the Performance Pathway.  We feel our programme is clearly aligned to the BJA strategy and look forward to developing NI athletes onto the WCPP.”