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.
(You must be registered for at least one event to be classified.)
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 Great Lakes Games. National classification will be offered for track and field and swimming. To review national classification status in the national classification database for track and field click HERE. To review national classification information for swimming, 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 Bryce Boarman ([email protected]) by April 27, 2018. Please make sure to sign up for classification when you register for the games.
Athletes with Visual Impairments
All athletes with a visual impairment that do not have a World Para Athletics license (formerly IPC license) and have not been classified must submit their medical forms to Bryce Boarman ([email protected]) or fax to 719-866-2029 by April 27, 2018 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 the Great Lakes Games must contact Athletes Without Limits to apply for eligibility to obtain their national classification.
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 is available on our Gateway to Gold app. 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.
If you have any questions, please contact Bryce Boarman (Bryce.boarman[email protected] 719-866-4240).
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 a World Para Athletics (formerly IPC) Approved event, athletes ages 14 and older who hold a World Para Athletics License will compete in the World Para Open Division.
- 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 World Para Athletics web site. http://www.paralympic.org/athletics/classification/master-list
- Contact: Bryce Boarman is the USOC representative responsible for World Para Athletics (formerly IPC) licensure and classification. All Medical Diagnostics forms for US athletes must be turned in to Bryce Boarman ([email protected]) at least 4 weeks prior to the appointment date.
- 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 World Para Athletics (formerly IPC) License. It contains the 2018 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/
Bryce Boarman ([email protected] 719-866-4240) 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 Bryce by April 27, 2018.
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.
Gateway to Gold App
GETTING ATHLETES CONNECTED!
For athletes that are interested in getting feedback on their next steps in their athletic journey, we encourage you to download the Gateway to Gold mobile app. 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 includes sport testing for five sports: cycling, paratriathlon, powerlifting, swimming and track and field, with additional sports to be added to the platform soon. It may be downloaded by searching for Gateway to Gold in the iTunes and Google Play stores.
Another option for athletes that are interested in the next step and want to stay updated with U.S. Paralympics, is the Paralympic Eligible Athlete Questionnaire. This allows the athlete to get connected to U.S. Paralympics directly and to learn about next steps in their athletic journey. Interested athletes may submit a questionnaire HERE.