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U.S. Para-Rowing Classification Information

Adaptive rowers wishing to compete in para-rowing events need to be classified.

Opportunities for adaptive rowers who have a verifiable physical impairment or visual impairment to become classified for their specific sport group will be posted here. Classification takes place on Day 2 of the Classifier Workshops. The classification process takes approximately 45 minutes and pre-registration is required to participate.

Click here to download the forms required to become classified. Some of the forms may require medical documentation, so please be sure to review and complete the forms prior to attending the classification session.

A classification panel consists of one medical and one technical classifier. A list of approved classifiers can be found in this section. Any rower who has received a classification status internationally or in the USA is also listed in this section.

The FISA Classification Regulations and required paperwork can be found on the FISA website under “Para-Rowing Regulations and Documents.” Event-specific classification regulations and deadlines can be found in the Event Bulletin of that particular regatta.

For FISA classification questions, please contact the FISA Head Classifier and USA Classification Coordinator, Judy Morrison, at jmorrisonpt@verizon.net

Para-Rowing Sport Classes

LTA  – PD, VI and ID (Leg, Trunk and Arm – Physical Disability, Visual Impairment and Intellectual Disability)

TA (Trunk and Arms)

AS (Arms and Shoulders)

The USA recognizes the following sport class statuses:

New Status: (USA-N)
A sport class status of “USA-N” shall be allocated to a rower who has filled out the appropriate classification documentation and had it signed by a PT or MD and sent to the US Classification Coordinator, Judy Morrison, for approval, OR someone who has been classified by only one Official Classifier and not a panel. The status of USA-N will enable a rower to compete for 6-months, after which they would need to get classified by a Classification panel to continue racing.

Review Status: (USA-R)
A sport class status of “USA-R”  shall be allocated to a rower classified by a Classification Panel if the Panel deems the rower’s sport classification could change (due to a particular disability, medical factors, or because of the lack of rowing experience). Rowers who have not provided acceptable medical documentation (using the FISA Medical Diagnostics Form) shall also receive a sport class status of Review. The medical documentation must be signed by a doctor, and can be sent to the USA Classification Coordinator, Judy Morrison, via email. The classifiers shall add a note that once acceptable documentation is provided, they can change to Confirmed. Rowers with an “USA-R” will be required to undergo further classification as specified by the classification panel.

Confirmed Status: (USA-C)
A sport class status of “USA-C”  shall be allocated to a rower by a Classification Panel consisting of a medical and a technical classifier when the panel confirms that the athletes classification will not change. Only rowers who have provided acceptable medical documentation (signed by their doctor) may receive a sport class status of Confirmed. A rower with “USA-C” status is confirmed to compete in their designated class at any regatta held in the USA.

All rowers that receive a USA designation must be classified by an International Classification Panel to compete at a FISA, Paralympic or International events.

If a para-rower enters a regatta and does not have a classification status, the LOC may default him or her from the final results of the race. There will be no protests over any rowers sport class designation during a U.S. Regatta. However, a protest can be brought if there is a rower entered who is not listed as classified on the USRowing website.

If you are an athlete who would like to get classified for a competition or if you are a race coordinator who would like to have rowers classified for your race day, please check the below list of Classifiers, and contact Classification Coordinator Judy Morrison for assistance with contacting classifiers in your area. Please keep in mind that a rower must be classified by a panel of one medical and one technical classifier. If you have questions regarding classifications for Para-Rowing in the USA, please contact the FISA Head Classifier and USA Classification Cooridnator, Judy Morrison, at jmorrisonpt@verizon.net

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