CLASSIFICATION IN SHOOTING PARA SPORT

Please find below the World Shooting Para Sport Classification Rules and Regulations, Forms, and further information regarding Classification.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to worldshootingparasport@paralympic.org.

WHAT IS CLASSIFICATION?

To ensure competition is fair and equal, all Paralympic sports have a system in place which ensures that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus, the same factors that account for success in sport for able bodied athletes.

This process is called classification and its purpose is to minimise the impact of impairments on the activity (sport discipline). Having the impairment thus is not sufficient.

The impact on the sport must be proved, and each in Paralympic sport, the criteria of grouping athletes by the degree of activity limitation resulting from the impairment are named ‘Sport Classes’.

Through classification, it is determined which athletes are eligible to compete in a sport and how athletes are grouped together for competition. This, to a certain extent, is similar to grouping athletes by age, gender or weight.

Classification is sport-specific because an impairment affects the ability to perform in different sports to a different extent. As a consequence, an athlete may meet the criteria in one sport, but may not meet the criteria in another sport.

SHOOTING CLASSIFICATION

In Shooting, there are seven different sport classes for athletes with physical impairments:

Pistol events have one class


Sport Class SH1 (Pistol):

This sport class is designated for athletes with upper and/or lower limb impairment for competition in Pistol events.

Rifle events have two classes


Sport Class SH1 (Rifle):

This sport class is designated to athletes with lower limb impairment for competition in Rifle events.

Sport Class SH2 (Rifle):

This sport class is for rifle events only, and is designated to athletes with upper limb impairment (which necessitates them to use a shooting stand to support the rifle), all or not in combination with lower limb impairment.

Para trap events have three classes


Sport Class SG-S (Trap):

Athletes with poor balance and/or trunk stability, competing from a wheelchair in a standard seated position. Athletes have an impairment in the lower limb(s), but no functional limitation in the upper limbs.

Sport Class SG-L (Trap):

Athletes with good balance and trunk function, competing from a standing position. Athletes have an impairment in the lower limb(s), but no functional limitation in the upper limbs.

Sport Class SG-U (Trap):

Athletes with good balance and trunk function, competing from a standing position. Athletes have an impairment in the non-shooting arm.

 

Vision impaired shooters compete in rifle events


Sport Class SH-VI (Rifle):

This sport class is designated to athletes with a vision impairment for competition in Rifle events.

Click hear to learn more about how to get started with VI Shooting including eligibility requirements.
 

WORLD SHOOTING PARA SPORT CLASSIFICATION RULES AND REGULATIONS

Implemented from February 2019
World Shooting Para Sport Classification Rules and Regulations
The rules reflect the wording of the IPC Model Rules and are a revised version of the previous IPC Shooting Classification Rules.
ATHLETE CLASSIFICATION FORMS
Medical Diagnostics Form for PI (Rifle, Pistol, Para Trap) athletes
Medical Diagnostics Form for VI (Vision Impaired) athletes
Athlete Epilepsy Declaration
Athlete Eligibility Agreement
ADDITIONAL FORMS
Medical Review Request Form
Classification Protest Form
World Shooting Para Sport Classification Form (for International Classifiers only)