Classification assesses athletes based on their functional abilities and allows athletes to compete against athletes with similar abilities. Recreational athletes who do not wish to qualify for any future events do not have to be classified, but it is recommended.
National Classification Panels will be offered in Track/Field and Swimming.
National Classification Policies and Procedures
Athletes with Physical Impairments
All athletes that do not have a World Para Athletics (formerly IPC license) and have never been nationally classified or have a National Review (NR) or NR 2017 status must go through national classification at the Adult National Open and Great Lakes Regional Games. National classification will be offered for track and field. To review national classification status in the national classification database for track and field click HERE. All athletes that go through national classification must complete a national medical diagnostics form that can be found HERE. The national forms do not need to be filled out by a doctor and should be submitted to Sherrice Fox at [email protected] by April 27, 2018.
Athletes with Visual Impairments
All athletes with a visual impairment that do not have an IPC license and have not been classified must submit their medical forms to Sherrice Fox at [email protected] or fax to 719-866-2029 by Thursday, May 17, 2017 to receive their national classification. The VI medical form can be found HERE.
Athletes with Intellectual Impairments
Athletes with an intellectual impairment competing in swimming or track and field at Adult National Open and Great Lakes Regional Games must contact Athletes Without Limits to apply for eligibility to obtain their national classification. Click HERE for eligibility and application information.
National Provisional Status- Swim, Archery, Boccia and Powerlifting
Adult National Open and Great Lakes Regional Games does not have classification panels this year in swim, archery, boccia, and powerlifting, so athletes will be issued a National Provisional Status.
The National Provisional Status will allow an athlete the opportunity to compete in a class other than an open division and will take the responsibility off of the event directors and coaches to come up with a classification for the athlete for that specific competition. The national provisional classification status is meant to be temporary. The process includes an athlete submitting their national medical diagnostics form to and video clips of various required movements. This information will be evaluated by selected classifiers to give a classification status (when possible). The athlete will be listed on the national classification master list for that sport as NP. The athlete will not be able to set any national records with an NP status. The video clip submission will be available on our Gateway to Gold app by March 2017. To install the app, search for Gateway to Gold in the app store on your smartphone, Android tablet or iPad. The app allows Paralympic hopefuls to watch sport demonstration videos, test their skills and then submit their own videos directly to U.S. Paralympics coaches. The Gateway to Gold app currently includes sport testing for five sports: cycling, triathlon, powerlifting, swimming and track and field, with additional sports to be added to the platform soon.
These changes are in an effort to be in compliance with the International Paralympic Committee Classification code (version 2.0) that went into effect January 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Sherrice Fox.
World Para Athletics (formerly IPC) Eligibility and World Para Athletics (formerly IPC) Licenses
For those athletes who wish to have their performances recognized by World Para Athletics (formerly IPC): You must hold a current 2018 World Para Athletics (formerly IPC) License. Instructions on how to obtain or renew an IPC License can be found by visiting the U.S. Paralympics website at http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Track-and-Field/IPC-Licensing . All License numbers are included in the IPC Athletics Classification Master List.
As an IPC Approved event, athletes ages 14 and older who hold an IPC License must designate if they wish to throw Junior or IPC standard field implements*
- How to check your classification status:
- US Athletes can verify their classification and/or classification status HERE
- US and International athletes can verify their classification and/or classification status on the MASTERLIST provided on the IPC web site. http://www.paralympic.org/athletics/classification/master-list
- Contact: Sherrice Fox is the USOC representative responsible for IPC licensure and classification. All Medical Diagnostics forms for US athletes must be turned in to Sherrice Fox at least 4 weeks prior to the appointment date. [email protected]
- International athletes must contact their National Paralympic Committee (NPC) to find the appropriate contact for submitting the Medical Diagnostic forms.
Click the link Athlete and Sport Program Plan Track and Field if you have or are applying for an IPC License. It contains the 2017 U.W. Paralympic Track and Field Standards.
Please open the following link for the standards for the Adaptive Sports USA Track and Field Junior National Standards. http://www.atfusa.org/
Sherrice Fox is the USOC representative responsible for World Para Athletics licensure and classification. All Medical Diagnostics forms for U.S. athletes must be turned in to Sherrie Fox by Thursday, May 17 2017. [email protected].
Any athlete from Canada that needs to be classified should contact Ella at [email protected]
International athletes must contact their National Paralympic Committee (NPC) to find the appropriate contact for submitting the Medical Diagnostic forms.
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