What is Classification?

Classification is a way to group athletes who have similar impairments together into classes for competition in their particular sport.  Each Paralympic sport has a different classification system.  Each sport has different impairment criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for the sport, this is determined through a classification assessment.  Athletes are required to provide medical documentation for classification that details their impairment type and level of impairment.   Classifiers are specifically trained and certified to assess athletes' impairments to determine their sport eligibility and class, according to the International classification rules for their sport.

Classification for Athletes with a Vision Impairment

Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for a classification as an athlete with a vision impairment, athletes must have a diagnosis of at least one of:
  • impairment of the eye structure;
  • impairment of the optic nerve or pathways;
  • impairment of the visual cortex of the brain.
Athletes are classified according to their level of corrected vision and must have an impairment in BOTH eyes that meet the minimal disability criteria:
  • visual acuity that is less than or equal to LogMAR = 1.00 (6/60) and/or
  • visual field that is less than a radius of 20 degrees
Athletes will be required to provided medical documentation from their ophthalmologist prior to seeking a classification; on the National VI Medical Screening Form.

Please note, Goalball Australia does allow non-classifiable players to compete in tournaments up to and including the Australian Goalball Championships.

Sport Classes
Athletes competing in Goalball all have varying degrees of vision impairment and will be classed in one of the following sport classes:

B1: These athletes have a very low visual acuity and/or no light perception

B2:  Athletes with a B2 sport class have a higher visual acuity than athletes in the B1 class and/or a visual field of less than 5 degrees radius

B3: Athletes with a B3  sport class have the least severe vision impairment eligible for Paralympic sport.  They have the highest visual acuity and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees radius

Classification Masterlist

You can download the Australian Goalball Classification Masterlist.  Athletes should note their review dates and ensure that they are reviewed at the first available opportunity in the year of review.  International level reviews will be done a an appropriate tournament and coordinated through the relevant National Program Manager, but it is up to the athlete to ensure they have all required documentation completed in time for this process to be managed.

How Can I Get Classified?

There are national level VI classifiers in each state.  Please contact your state Goalball Association for more information.

Athletes requiring an International Classification, this will be coordinated as part of a sanctioned international competition for those athletes selected as part of the Australian team contesting the competition.  More information will be provided by your National Program Coordinator when necessary.