Classification Forms and DocumentsCLASSIFICATION FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Official US Sailing Disabled Sailor Certified Class and Status:
US Sailing recognizes seven Class and three Status Categories:
1. Status New ("N") - Estimated Class self-determined using "IDEAS" Form (see below or click HERE).
2. Status National/Review ("NR") - Official Class & Status assigned by a US Sailing Classification Panel.
3. Status National/Confirmed ("NC") - Official Class & Status assifned by a US Sailing Classification Panel.
US Sailing National Classification: Status "NR" and Status "NC" - To compete in US Sailing Sanctioned Disabled Sailing Championship events in the USA, you must have a US Sailing Certified National Classification and you must be listed or in the process of being listed on the US Disabled Sailing Master List. The Master List Administration Fee for certifying the sailor's Class and Status is $50.
US Sailing Functional Classification System Manual 2013 - 2016 This is the Manual used by US Sailing National Classifiers to determine and assign Class and Status to athletes that register for Disabled Sailing Events. The sailor should read the entire Assessment portion of this Manual so he/she gains a deeper understanding of the Classification process and what to expect during classification prior to a US Sailing sanctioned Disabled Sailing Event.
American Sailor Information Forms - Appendix A2 of the US Sailing FCS Manual:
These forms are for those individuals who are applying to be classified for the first time or have had an earlier classification which is to be reviewed. Completion of these forms ("Sailor Information") will facilitate the Classification Process. You may review and download Appendix A2 by clicking HERE.
Master List Administration Fee: There is no charge for the Functional Assessment provided by US Sailing National Classifiers. US Sailing charges a one-time per Paralympic Quadrennium Master List Administration Fee of $50. This fee will be paid on-line at the disabled sailing event at the time of Classification. The athlete may use any available Internet access port to connect with the Regatta Network US Sailing Fee Payment Form. The Master List Administration Fee form may be accessed by clicking HERE or signing onto the Internet site below:
Blind / Visually Impaired Athletes/Sailors: Please download, complete and submit the Appendix VI Classification Consent and medical information form to the US Paralympic Committee. The athlete and his/her medical provider must complete this form which is then submitted to USP for review and approval of Blind rating (B1, B2, B3). The USP then authorizes the US Sailing Classifier Committee to assign the eligibility for sailing based on the points designating each Class (B1= 3; B2 = 5, B3 = 7). Please note, some B3s are ineligble for the Three-Person Keel Boat format (Sonar). The USP may deem these Class ratings "Status C" (confirmed). If not, the US Sailing Classifier Committee shall asign "Status R" (Review). You may down load the US Paralympic Blind/Visually Impaired Appendix VI by clicking here.
Self-Assigned Estimated Disabled Sailor Class - The "IDEAS" system:
The IDEAS system is designed to assist sailors, coaches, event and program organizers and national governing bodies to ESTIMATE eligibility for participation in disabled sailing and is based on the Functional Classification System.
The IDEAS system – Impairment Determination Eligibility Assesment Sailing – If you are new to disabled sailing you may use the IDEAS form to estimate your classification Class until you have the opportunity to meet with a classifier and receive an official National Classification.
The Organizing Authorities or Event Planners for minor Disabled Sailing Events (Events not sanctioned by US Sailing) may accept the Sailor-Estimated Class for participation/eligibility to compete. Disabled sailors without an official US Sailing Certified Class and Status participating in sanctioned "Open" events with able bodied sailors should be scored with the able bodied sailors.
To compete in International disabled sailing events that are an IFDS Level 1 or 2 (ie. a World Championship event or Paralympic Games), you must have an International Classification Passport. International classification is offered at major IFDS Disabled Sailing Events. Following International Classification, the sailor's Class and Status are entered into the IFDS Disabled Sailing Master List. The administrative cost, paid directly to IFDS for this listing and the International Passport is 50 Euros.