Sport Information – Rules and Qualifying Standards

Athletes must 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. 

Know Your Sport!

It is essential that athletes, parents, coaches and team leaders know the rules, suggested guidelines, qualifying standards, etc. necessary to successfully compete in each sport. It is also good to explore the national records per age, class and gender in the event that you are close to breaking a record.

This page will provide links to the information necessary to know qualifying standards; rules and regulations; national records; and other pertinent information.

Archery

Adaptive Sports USA Archery Rules: https://adaptivesportsusa.org/sports/archery/
Junior Nationals competition distances:

Age group Recurve Compound/W1 Barebow/Basic
Young Adult 50 m 50 m 50 m
Junior 50 m 50 m 50 m
Cadet 50 m 50 m 50 m
Cub 30 m 30 m 30 m
Bowman 30 m 30 m 30 m
Yeoman 20 m 20 m 20 m

Athletes must hit a qualifying score of 100 or greater to compete at Junior Nationals. An athlete must qualify at the distance listed above for his/her age group and event.

Field qualifying standards; rules and regulations; national records.

Adaptive Track and Field USA Rules Link:  http://www.atfusa.org/RULES/RULES.htm
Junior Field Qualifying Standards Link:  http://www.atfusa.org/STANDARDS/STANDARD.htm
Junior Field National Records Link:   http://www.atfusa.org/RECORDS/RECORDS.htm

Paratriathlon

In Paratriathlon, athletes will compete in a single race that combines three different events: swimming, biking and running. Athletes can choose to compete as an individual or on a 2 or 3-person relay team.  As an individual, athletes will compete on their own in all three stages.  As a relay team, team members will divide up the three stages of the course with one team member competing in no more than two legs of the course, the swim, the bike or the run.

Awards will be broken down by the following categories:

  1. Gender (Male/Female)
  2. Age Groups: (U11, U14/U17 together, U20/U23 together)
  3. Disability Group (Ambulatory, Wheelchair, Visual Impairment)
  4. We will have an “open” relay division.  All relay teams will be competing against each other. No team points can be earned in the “open” relay division.

Distances:

  • Junior Distance (U11) – 100yd swim, 3-4 mile bike*, 0.5 mile run
  • Senior Distance (U14/17/20/23) – 200 yd swim, 5-6 mile bike*, 1 mile run

Athletes qualify to compete in the paratriathlon by hitting the qualifying standard for either the swim distance or the run distance of their paratriathlon event. Example: U17 must hit a standard for either the 200 yard swim or the 1500m run. See the Junior Nationals swimming and track standards for times. All athletes that want to compete in paratriathlon must have swum in competition sometime since August 1 of the year prior.

Powerlifting rules and regulations

Adaptive Sports USA Powerlifting Rules:    https://adaptivesportsusa.org/sports/powerlifting/

Competitors become eligible to compete in powerlifting on the day of their 14th birthday unless competing on an international level. Junior athletes have from August 1 until the Junior Nationals registration deadline to meet the qualifying standards. Qualifying for juniors shall be a successful lift at any sanctioned Adaptive Sports USA competition or any competition sanctioned by any DSO or able- bodied federation (There must be a letter from the organizer that the lift was accomplished with a copy of their rules).

Shooting (Air Rifle) rules and regulations

The competition will consist of a 10M air rifle match from the seated, prone position. Personal air rifles must comply with USA Shooting equipment standards. Precision air rifles, shooting tables and spring stands (SH2 only) will be available for athletes. However, shooting jackets, gloves, slings and boots will NOT be provided.  Each athlete will compete in a 40 shot qualifying round for their division, with the top shooters advancing to the final, elimination round.

In order to be eligible to register for shooting, an athlete must have previously competed in an approved precision air rifle competition and scored an average of at least 80/100 per target. For example, for a 40 shot match a qualifying score would be 320. Examples of approved matches include but are not limited to matches conducted through the NRA, CMP, USA Shooting, JROTC, American Legion, Orion League, Adaptive Sports USA (sanctioned level 2 local, regional, national competitions), and high school leagues. If an athlete qualifies to compete at a non-Adaptive Sports USA sanctioned event, please email a copy of the match result bulletins from your qualifying competition(s) to jessie.cloy@adaptivesportsusa.org.

Maximum athlete entries is 20 due to the space and time constraints for this event. If more than 20 athletes register for this event, athletes will be contacted to let them know who has qualified to compete.

Adaptive Sports USA / USA Shooting / ISSF Regulations:    http://www.adaptivesportsusa.org/Sports/Shooting

Swimming standards; rules and regulations; national records.

Adaptive Sports USA Swimming Rules and Standards: https://adaptivesportsusa.org/sports/swimming

Table Tennis rules and regulations. *Not applicable in 2020*

Adaptive Sports USA Table Tennis Regulations: https://adaptivesportsusa.org/sports/table-tennis/

Track and Field qualifying standards; rules and regulations; national records.

Adaptive Track and Field USA Rules Link:  http://www.atfusa.org/