All athletes that compete at the Desert Challenge Games who have an IPC license and have a New, Review or Review 2017 classification status must undergo international classification evaluation at Desert Challenge Games. To be eligible to receive an international classification evaluation appointment athletes must have a 2017 IPC license including submission of medical forms, supporting documents and must be registered for Desert Challenge Games prior to April 12, 2017.
Athletes who are licensed can check their classification status HERE. To obtain an IPC license athletes can view requirements HERE. All U.S. citizens: if you have questions regarding licensing and classification please contact Sherrice Fox at Sherrice.email@example.com or 719-866-3353. If you are not a U.S. citizen you must contact your National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for classification and licensing questions.
Desert Challenge Games will host classification for Physical Impaired (PI), Visual Impaired (VI) and Intellectual Impaired (II) athletes on Wednesday and Thursday May 10-11, 2017 beginning at 9:00am each day. The classification schedule will be available approximately 2 weeks prior to competition. Athlete date/time request CANNOT be guaranteed and athletes are expected to arrive in Tempe on Tuesday, May 9th to be available for the full classification period per IPC guidelines.
All U.S. athletes with an intellectual disability must first contact Athletes Without Limits before they can obtain an IPC license and receive a classification evaluation. Click HERE for eligibility and application information.
**Desert Challenge Games is the only international classification opportunity in the U.S. in 2017. We are expecting the schedule to be full for this event. If the schedule fills up priority will be given to athletes that have not been internationally classified before. All other appointments may be filled based on a ranking system using the athletes best result from 2016-present by comparing these results to the National Team A standard. **
Please note: As part of the World Para Athletics Grand Prix, all athletes ages 14 and older that are interested in competing with the World Para Athletics Grand Prix MUST have an IPC license.
Athletes with Physical Impairments (New, Review or Review 2017 classification status)
Athletes with Visual Impairments (New, Review or Review 2017 classification status)
Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (New, Review or Review 2017 classification status)
Athletes with Physical Impairments
All athletes that do not have an IPC license and have never been nationally classified and have a National Review (NR) or NR 2017 status must go through national classification at Desert Challenge Games. National classification will be offered for track and field and archery. To review national classification status in our national classification database for track and field click HERE. All athletes that go through national classification must complete a national medical diagnostics form that can be found HERE. The national forms do not need to be filled out by a doctor and should be submitted to Sherrice Fox at Sherrice.firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 12th.
Athletes with Visual Impairments
All athletes with a visual impairment that do not have an IPC license and have not been classified must submit their medical forms to Sherrice Fox at Sherrice.email@example.com by April 12, 2017 to receive their national classification. The VI medical form can be found HERE.
Athletes with Intellectual Impairments
Athletes with an intellectual impairment competing in swimming or track and field at Desert Challenge Games must contact Athletes Without Limits to apply for eligibility to obtain their national classification. Click HERE for eligibility and application information.
Sherrice Fox is the USOC representative responsible for World Para Athletics licensure and classification. All Medical Diagnostics forms for U.S. athletes must be turned in to Sherrie Fox by April 12, 2017. Sherrice.Fox@usoc.org.
Any athlete from Canada that needs to be classified should contact Ella at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IPC Medical Diagnostic- PI
How to check your classification status: