2018 Pan American Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired Selection Criteria

 

 

The 2018 Pan American Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired will take place May 17-22, 2018 in Calgary, Canada and will include a training camp.

Eligibility:

The 2018 IBSA Pan American Championship are open to visually impaired athletes born 2002 or earlier who are citizens of the United States and are eligible to represent the United States in Paralympic competition. Athletes must be able to provide proof of citizenship in the form of a U.S. birth certificate or valid U.S. passport.

Athletes must provide proof of visual impairment in the form of an official IBSA classification letter or card, or a letter or attached “unofficial classification” form completed by a primary care doctor, optometrist, or ophthalmologist.  All athletes must be members in good standing of USA Judo.

Classification of visual impairment:

Class B1:
Visual acuity poorer than LogMAR 2.60

Class B2:
Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive) and/or a visual field of less than 10 degrees.

Class B3:
Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.4 to 1.0 (inclusive) and/or a visual field of less than 40 degrees.
*Visual groups B1, B2, and B3 will compete together.

Categories of Competition:

Women: 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, +70kg

Men: 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, 81kg, 90kg, 100kg, and +100kg

Each country will be allowed two (2) participants per weight category.

Selection Criteria: 

Slot will be offered to the number 1 and number 2 ranked athletes on the USA Judo National Point Roster for the Visually Impaired as of March 17, 2019.  The selected athlete will have five (5) business days to accept or decline their slot.  Slots must be accepted or declined in writing to the USA Judo Paralympic High Performance Committee (eddie.liddie@usajudo.us and copy marcvink1@gmail.com).  If any athlete declines to participate, the slot will be offered to the next highest ranked athlete in that weight category and so on until the slots are filled or the roster is exhausted.

If any slots remain unfilled, the USA Judo Paralympic High Performance Committee will accept petitions from unranked athletes.  Petitions will be accepted beginning March 23, 2018.  Athletes should email the committee at eddie.liddie@usajudo.us and copy marcvink1@gmail.com by March 23, 2018 with their competition record and judo resume.  Decisions will be made on a case by case basis and athletes will be informed of the committee’s decision by March 31, 2018.

Unranked athletes who are awarded slots on the Pan American Team will be responsible for all costs associated with the event.

An athlete who is to be nominated to the 2018 IBSA Pan American Championship Team may be removed from the nominations for any of the following reasons, as determined by the Athlete Performance Committee:

  • Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to Ed Liddie, Director of Coaching and Athlete Performance.
  • Injury or illness as certified by a USA Judo approved physician (or medical staff). If an athlete refuses verification of their illness or injury by a USA Judo approved caregiver, his or her injury will be assumed to be disabling, and he or she may be removed.
  • Violation of the USA Judo Code of Conduct.