Eligibility Requirements

Athletes must be classified by sport according to their functional ability and must meet qualifying standards according to classification and age divisions.

A national classification opportunity will exist annually at Junior Nationals.

Qualifying standards are listed by sport on our website. Check out each sport specific page for more information. Standards can be achieved at one of the many Adaptive Sports USA regional sanctioned events as well as other competitions as noted by each sport. Again, check our sports pages for more information.

Complete requirements include:

  • Be under the age of 23
  • Be an amputee, a dwarf, have cerebral palsy, a visual impairment or be a wheelchair athlete who is classifiable under the International Paralympic Committee classification system.
  • Achieve required qualifying standards in event(s) at least once during the designated qualification period of August 1 of the year prior to the applicable Junior Nationals event to the applicable Junior Nationals registration deadline
  • Qualifying standards must have been met or surpassed at an Adaptive Sports USA Sanctioned Event an NGB or High school Athletic Association sanctioned event or others as approved by Adaptive Sports USA.
  • Be a current member in good standing of Adaptive Sports USA (Athlete and Coach)
  • Be classified by sport according to the athlete’s functional ability and be nationally classified or apply for national classification at the application Junior Nationals event.

Qualifying Events

Qualifying standards must have been met or surpassed at an Adaptive Sports USA sanctioned event, an NGB or High school Athletic Association sanctioned event or others as approved by Adaptive Sports USA.  The Adaptive Sports USA 2019 Series of Sanctioned Events will be announced early 2019. We hope you check out one or more!

Certain events in a few sports (swimming, table tennis and track and field) are open to athletes with an intellectual disability as determined by the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS).

Athletes eligibility to be classified as having an intellectual impairment is based on three main criteria:

  1. IQ of 75 or below (Weschler/WISC/WAIS, Stanford-Binet or Raven)
    2. Significant limitations in Adaptive Behavior (Vineland, ABAS or Other)
    3. Onset before age 18