Children & Teen Division Changes for 2023

November 9, 2022

For 2023, NAGA has updated the division selection criteria, and the weight divisions for children and teen competitors.

NAGA is implementing new guidelines to help you determine which division to place your child or teen competitor (those competitors 17 years of age and younger). A consistent question we get is related to what division a BJJ trained competitor should compete in based on their belt color. We have included BJJ belt rank as part of the criteria to consider when choosing a child or teen competitor’s division.

We understand that not everyone who competes at NAGA uses the BJJ belt rank system, since NAGA tournaments are open to all grappling arts and styles. We have kept the years training guidelines in place to help these individuals find the proper division in which to compete. Like our adult divisions, where those of a certain belt level cannot compete in a division, we have done that with the children and teen competitors. The charts below outline the belt restrictions.

Children 13 & under Divisions

Skill LevelYears TrainingBelt Restrictions
Novice (no subs)6 months or lessWhite belts only
Beginner6 months to 1 yearNo yellow, orange, or green belts
Intermediate1 year to 2 yearsNo orange or green belts
Advanced2 years to 3 yearsNo green belts
Expert3 years and overnone

Teens 14-17 years of Age

Skill LevelYears TrainingBelt Restrictions
Novice6 months or lessWhite belts only
Beginner6 months to 1 yearNo yellow, orange, green, blue belts
Intermediate1 year to 2 yearsNo orange, green, blue belts
Advanced2 years to 3 yearsNo green or blue belts
Expert3 years and overNo purple belts (must compete adult)

What to consider when choosing a child or teen division:

When choosing the experience of your child or teen, please consider numerous factors: how long they have trained, how often they train, their BJJ belt rank, how naturally talented they are in the sport, athleticism in other sports, and how they do against teammates. Challenge your children and have them compete at an appropriate skill level. NAGA has the right to alter a competitor’s division placement after the competitor interview at the tournament.

If a competitor has won the same skill level multiple times at NAGA (and to include the equivalent skill level at other tournaments), they may need to move up a skill level. Contact us if your competitor meets these criteria and you need assistance selecting their skill level.


To provide the opportunity for more matches, we have expanded the teen weight classes, and the upper weight classes of the children (starting at 110 pounds). Here are the weight classes for 2023:

Children (13 & Under) Weight Classes

  • 39.9 lbs. & under
  • 40-49.9 lbs.
  • 50-59.9 lbs.
  • 60-69.9 lbs.
  • 70-79.9 lbs.
  • 80-89.9 lbs.
  • 90-99.9 lbs.
  • 100-109.9 lbs.
  • 110-124.9 lbs.
  • 125-139.9 lbs.
  • 140-154.9 lbs.
  • 155-169.9 lbs.
  • 170 lbs. & over (may need to compete with teens)

Teen (14 – 17 Years Old) Weight Classes

  • 99.9 lbs. & under
  • 100-114.9 lbs.
  • 115-129.9 lbs.
  • 130-144.9 lbs.
  • 145-159.9 lbs.
  • 160-179.9 lbs.
  • 180-199.9 lbs.
  • 200 & over lbs.