The U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Classification Policies & Procedures fall under the U.S. Paralympics national classification strategy. The U.S. Classification Policies and Procedures outlined below cover classification information including the classification code, classification panel composition and athlete evaluation.

The U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Classification Master List includes all athletes in the respective sport whose classification information is on file with either the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) and/or the respective sport IF and/or U.S. Paralympics (the National Paralympic Committee in the United States). Athletes who have been nationally or internationally classified as per the Code and/or the U.S. Paralympics Classification Policies and Procedures are included in this database. Information will be updated regularly and historical research to compile accurate athlete classification data is still ongoing.

National Classification Opportunities

Classification takes place one or two days prior to competition. If you will be going through national classification evaluation you must submit the national medical diagnostics form to Bryce Boarman at Bryce.Boarman@usoc.org. The form and events with national classification opportunities can be found below. 

International Classification Opportunities

Athletes must hold a current IPC License in order to request an IPC International Classification appointment. Athletes who meet the criteria can request an IPC International Classification appointment through the entry/registration system for the competition. IPC International Classification Appointments must be requested at least six weeks prior to the date of the classification

The appropriate Visual Impairment (VI) or Physical Impairment (PI) Medical Diagnostics Form (whichever classification has been requested) must be submitted six weeks prior to the date of the International Classification. Each athlete must submit the form prior to the deadline in order to secure their international classification appointment request (failure to follow this procedure will result in cancellation of the classification appointment). Each form outlines the specific tests, xrays, MRIs, etc. required for various impairments. The Medical Diagnostics form and the supplemental documents must be completed by the athlete’s physician or ophthalmologist. 

International Classification Forms:
Physical Impairment (PI) Medical Diagnostics Form
Visual Impairment (VI) Medical Diagnostics Form

The Medical Diagnostics Form and supplemental documents should be returned by email to Bryce Boarman at Bryce.Boarman@usoc.org. Please contact Bryce if you have any questions about the forms.

2019 International Opportunities

The Desert Challenge Games is currently the only event in the USA that has been awarded an international classification by World Para Athletics. The dates for Desert Challenge will be May 24-25, 2019 with classification being the 21st-23rd. For a full list of International Classification Opportunities, please visit the World Para Athletics Calendar.

To get on the list of athletes requesting international classification at Desert Challenge, you must have an international classification status of "New" or "Review" and complete the following steps:

  • Have a current IPC License for the 2019 Season
  • Register for the Desert Challenge Games by March 31st  Register at Arizona Disabled Sports' website starting March 1st.

Please note that international classification slots are limited and allocated by World Para Athletics. There will be more athletes who request international classification than slots available; therefore slots will be awarded based on athlete performance marks compared to the national team standards for Tokyo events.  

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 Bryce Boarman four weeks prior to the competition they intent to compete at. Once the forms are received by Bryce, they are reviewed by a VI classifier. They will inform Bryce of the classification outcome and Bryce 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 events. 

There have been several changes to the 2018 classification system. Download a PDF of the detailed information sent via email to licensed athletes regarding the changes that will go into affect January 1, 2018.