Adapted sport classification is a process which establishes the division an athlete should be placed in for a competition. All athletes must be classified before competition in order to ensure equal and fair play. A team of three highly trained and qualified people perform the classification process. This team often includes one medical doctor, one physiotherapist, and one sport technical person.
There are different classification systems for each sport.
Para Ice Hockey: Classification from World Para Ice Hockey
Power Soccer: The FIPFA Classification Rulebook
For further reading about adapted sport classification, check out Classification Made Easy, which explains the classes for athletes with neurological impairments. For the full rules see the CPISRA website.
A great video explaining Boccia Classification is also available from World Boccia.
SportAbility has a number of sport programs for athletes with physical disabilities. These sports include CP/Para Soccer, Power Soccer, Sledge Hockey, and Boccia. Please note that many of our programs are inclusive to people with and without disabilities, and that classification mainly applies in competition settings rather than recreational.
We currently partner with clubs and organizations in various locations throughout BC, and we are always looking to add more. If you don’t see a program in your area, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
Find out more about these adapted sport programs and how you can get involved as an athlete, coach, official, or volunteer.
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