U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding

Mike Shea competes at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games.


Classification Overview
Classification provides a structure for Paralympic competition. The International Paralympic Committee has adopted a universal classification code in order to facilitate the implementation of accurate, reliable, and credible sport-specific classification systems. The classification process determines who is eligible to compete in a Paralympic sport and it groups the eligible athletes in sport classes according to their activity limitation in a certain sport. For more information about Paralympic classification and the IPC's Athlete Classification Code, please visit the IPC's Classification Webpage.

World Para Snowboard is the international federation for Paralympic snowboarding. WPS is responsible for creating and implementing the rules and regulations that govern the Paralympic snowboarding classification system. For more information about Para snowboarding's classification system, rules and regulations, please visit the World Para Snowboard Classification Webpage.

All national classifications conducted in the United States fall under the governance of U.S. Paralympics as the National Paralympic Committee for the United States. For more information about the national classification policies and procedures, please visit the U.S. Paralympics Classification Policies and Procedures Webpage.

Classification Database
The U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding National Database includes all athletes whose classification information is on file with either the IPC, WPS and/or U.S. Paralympics. Athletes who have been nationally or internationally classified as per the Code and/or the U.S. Paralympics Classification Policies and Procedures are included. Only athlete who have a current IPC License appear on the International Master list.

International Classification and Opportunities
Athletes must hold a current IPC License and have the appropriate medical documentation to request international classification. The appropriate Physical Impairment Medical Diagnostics Form must be submitted six weeks prior to the date of the International Classification - failure to follow this procedure could result in cancellation of the classification appointment. Each form outlines the specific tests, x-rays, MRIs, etc. required for various impairments that should be provided as supporting documentation. The Medical Diagnostics form and the supplemental documents must be completed by the athlete’s physician or ophthalmologist. For more information about how to apply for an IPC License, please visit the IPC Licensing webpage.

International Classification Forms

International Classification Opportunities
For a full list of International Classification Opportunities, please visit the World Para Snowboard Calendar. Please note that international classification slots are limited and allocated by World Para Snowboard. There may potentially be more athletes who request international classification than slots available. Athletes who meet the criteria and wish to request an international classification slot should contact USOPC Classification Manager at NPCUSAClassification@usopc.org and Jessica Smith at Jessica.Smith@usopc.org. International Classification Appointments must be requested at least six weeks prior to the date of the classification.

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