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The U.S. Paralympics Classification policies, procedures and documents below outline national classification information and systems in compliance with the IPC’s International Classification Code [“Code”].  The Code was approved by the IPC membership at the 2007 General Assembly, signed by member National Paralympic Committees and International Federations in September 2008, and implemented on March 12, 2010. 

The three core documents of the U.S. Paralympics Classification strategy are available for download as PDFs:

The USA Classification Policies and Procedures – GENERAL document addresses the aspects of classification that are applicable across all sports including governance; sport class statuses; protests, reviews and appeals; classification panels; and roles and responsibilities. 

The USA Classification Policies and Procedures – LOC document includes information for local organizing committees that wish to conduct national classification at their competitions including how to request a classification panel, determination of athletes to be classified, facility needs, and roles and responsibilities.

The USA Classification Policies and Procedures – Education and Training document covers roles and responsibilities of the classifier, prerequisites for classifier training, levels of classifier certification and competency, and classifier training and education. 

Sport specific classification policies and procedures [all documents will be uniformly labeled as USA Classification SPORT Policies and Procedures – SPORT CODE] may be found on the respective sport’s page. Sport specific national classification lists [all lists will be uniformly labeled as USA Classification Database SPORT CODE] may also be found on the respective sport’s page.

Visual Impairment (VI) National Classification

  • Athletes with visual impairments may obtain a national classification throughout the year.  To obtain a National VI classification, athletes must have their Ophthalmologist fill out the forms in the link below and return to Sherrice Fox 4 weeks prior to the competition they intent to compete at.  Once the forms are received by Sherrice, they are reviewed by a VI Classifier.  They will inform Sherrice of the classification outcome and Sherrice will notify the athlete.  The classifiers may require additional tests or information which may delay the outcome.  VI athletes must complete this process and be listed in the Classification Database to compete in the events. 
  • Guide to fill out National Visual Impairment Classification forms
  • National VI Classification forms - Submit to when completed

For further information on U.S. Paralympics national classification policies, procedures or system, read Classification 101 or contact U.S. Paralympics at 719.866.2030.