Eligibility Requirements

  • Be under the age of 23
  • Be an amputee, a dwarf, have cerebral palsy, have a visual impairment or be a wheelchair athlete who is classifiable under the International Paralympic Committee classification system or have an intellectual impairment that is classifiable under the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments
  • Athletes eligibility to be classified as having an intellectual impairment is based on three main criteria: IQ of 75 or below (Weschler/WISC/WAIS, Stanford-Binet or Raven), Significant limitations in Adaptive Behavior (Vineland, ABAS or Other) and onset before age 18.  Visit http://inas.org.
  • 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, listed under each sport on the adaptivesportsusa.org website, must have been met or surpassed at an Adaptive Sports USA Sanctioned Event (link to brochure in January) 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 during registration for Junior Nationals.

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 2020 Series of Sanctioned Events will be announced early 2020.  We hope you check out one or more!

Track and Field Proof of Performance form for attendance at an NGB or High School Athletic Association sanctioned event: http://www.atfusa.org/FORMS/FORMS.htm

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