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Regional Coordinators

Committee Members:
  • Alabama -€“ Help Wanted
  • Arizona - Help Wanted
  • California (Northern) -€“ Henry Kaku
  • California (Southern) -€“ Robert Draper
  • Colorado - Help Wanted
  • Florida -€“ Ruperto Arteaga
  • Midwest (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas) -€“ Justin Weston
  • Mid-Atlantic (Maryland, Virginia, D.C.) -€“ Marshall Coffman
  • Gulf Region (Louisiana , Mississippi & Surrounding Area) -€“ Help Wanted 
  • Great Lakes Region (Ohio, Michigan & Surrounding Area) -€“ Help Wanted
  • Tennessee/Kentucky -€“ Help Wanted
  • New York City/Long Island -€“ Dave Passoff, Dave Goodwin
  • New York (Upstate) -€“ Heiko Rommelmann
  • New Mexico -€“ Loren Bentley

Goal/Objective of Regional Coordinators

The goal of these coordinators is to facilitate development of judo on all levels. The regional coordinator should contact and encourage many clubs and individuals to participate and host events aimed at increasing participation (via the USJA) in judo.

Possible duties and activities

1. Soliciting feedback and suggestions from local clubs and judoka:
  • Formally and/or informally survey individual and clubs to identify programming that would best address local interests and needs.
  • Ask for feedback and ideas.
2. Serving as a resource person for his/her area:
  • Forward helpful information to clubs/individuals, such as USJA newsletter and grassroots coaching news.
  • Convey information to clubs/instructors and provide support. Answer questions or help them to find answers to their questions.
  • Direct clubs/individuals to USJA resources, such as the list of available clinicians, coaching resources and marketing materials.
  • Provide sample flyers, forms, "to-do" lists, etc. to assist event hosts.
3. Coordinating USJA Judo events, such as camps, clinics, and exchanges between clubs such as inter dojo workouts in his/her area:
  • Encourage many different clubs to host clinics, camps and exchanges on a regular basis.
  • Help clubs select and/or contact a clinician.
4. Support hosting clubs with arrangements and logistics: setting fees and schedules, getting sanctions, etc.
  • Assist hosting clubs with publicity, including composing a flyer and distributing it through a regional email list.
  • Act as a liaison between potential hosts and potential clinicians once an event is scheduled.
5. Functioning as a liaison between his/her region and the national organization:
  • Be a point of contact should a USJA clinician anticipate traveling to their area and be available to teach.
  • Recommend instructors in their area to be included in the clinicians list.
  • Communicate with national officers and national committee chairs as needed.
6. Promoting publicity for USJA and judo:
  • Write and/or solicit news items and articles from their area for the Growing Judo the USJA's online magazine.
  • Maintain a contact list (email, address and phone) for clubs and individuals in their area and use this to publicize events.

Attention Club Leaders & Coaches

If you wish to refer back to a feature article in Growing Judo for valuable information about teaching/coaching judo, please visit the Growing Judo Page.

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