|2023 Events||Date||Event Location||Classifier Assignments|
|Arizona Cup||April 13th||Phoenix, AZ||Preston Ward|
|Great Lakes Games||May 11th||Chicago, IL||Jessica Fairbairn|
|UCO Endeavor Games||June 8th||Edmond, OK||Cindy Poorman|
|Move United Nationals||July 8-9th||Hoover, AL||Megan Tierney and Micah Baird|
|2023 Chicago Para-Archery Championship||August 4-5th||Chicago, IL||Jessica Fairbairn|
Classification provides a structure for para competition. The classification system is designed to determine eligibility and group athletes according to their impairment to create a level playing field. Classifiers go through extensive training and are certified by World Archery to carefully determine whether athletes qualify for para competition. Classification can be either national or international.
All athletes must submit a completed Para Archery National Classification Medical Intake Form, signed by a physician within 12 months of classification to verify their eligible impairment and underlying health condition. This form must be submitted to USA Archery at [email protected] at least 30 days prior to the event to request classification.
Once the requisite forms and photo are submitted, they will be sent to the classifiers to be verified for completeness and eligibility. If the athlete has an impairment that is not eligible the athlete will be notified so they can choose whether to attend the event.
Classification Resources USA Archery Classification Database
World Archery Master Classification List How to become a classifier
Before the event, athletes will be notified of the classification schedule. When they arrive for their classification appointment, they take all their assistive equipment with them (wheelchairs, stools, releases, braces, etc.). The classifiers will test the archer for range of movement, flexibility, strength, and balance. Upon completion, the classifiers will present their decision and the athlete will be given copies of the classification forms.
World Archery can classify athletes as Not Eligible (NE), Standing (ST), or Wheelchair 1 or 2 (W1 or W2).
Shooting categories are different than the classification groups. There are two shooting categories: Open and W1. Within Open, there are separate divisions for recurve and compound, and men and women. In W1, recurve and compound archers are combined, and in some competitions the men and women are also combined. Once an athlete is classified, to compete in a sanctioned event, they must also have USA Archery membership, available here.