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2014 IBSA World Championship Selection Criteria

The 2014 IBSA World Championships have not yet been scheduled.

Eligibility:

The 2014 World Championship are open to visually impaired athletes born 1998 or earlier who are citizens of the United States and are eligible to represent the United States in Paralympic competition. Athletes must be able to provide proof of citizenship in the form of a U.S. birth certificate or valid U.S. passport (to be presented at registration).

Athletes must provide proof of visual impairment in the form of an official IBSA classification letter or card, or a letter or attached “unofficial classification” form completed by a primary care doctor, optometrist, or ophthalmologist.  All athletes must be members in good standing of USA Judo.

Classification of visual impairment:

Class B1:
No light perception in either eye up to light perception, but the inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.

Class B2:
From the ability to recognize the shape of a hand up to a visual acuity of 20/600 and/or a visual field of less than 5 degrees in the best eye with the best practical eye correction.

Class B3:
From visual acuity above 20/600 and up to visual acuity of 20/200 and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees and more than 5 degrees in the best eye with the best practical eye correction.
*Visual groups B1, B2, and B3 will compete together.

Categories of Competition:

Women: 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, +70kg

Men: 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, 81kg, 90kg, 100kg, and +100kg

Selection Criteria:

The #1 and #2 ranked athletes in each weight category on the USA Judo Visually Impaired National Roster at the close of the 2014 USA Judo National Championships will be named to the team provided that they meet the following requirements:

  • participate in the 2014 USA Judo National Championships (in any division)
  • hold a minimum rank of sankyu (brown belt) and
  • have won at least 2 matches in visually impaired competition or in a senior advanced (brown and black belt) division in the past 2 years.**

If there is only one ranked athlete at any given weight category, they will be named to the team, provided that the meet the requirements above.

**Athletes may be required to provide proof of wins in the form of tournament results or brackets.

If any of the athletes selected, according to the above criteria, decline for any reason, the person who is then ranked highest on the USA Judo Visually Impaired National Roster at the close of the 2014 USA Judo National Championships, will be the athlete selected for the team, provided they meet the requirements above.

An athlete who is to be nominated to the 2014 IBSA World Championship Team may be removed from the nominations for any of the following reasons, as determined by the Athlete Performance Committee:

*Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to Ed Liddie, Director of Coaching and Athlete Performance.
*Injury or illness as certified by a USA Judo approved physician (or medical staff). If an athlete refuses verification of their illness or injury by a USA Judo approved caregiver, his or her injury will be assumed to be disabling, and he or she may be removed.
*Violation of the USA Judo Code of Conduct.