From 2015, NEVITC will be asking players at our Open Championships to provide a British Blind Sport sight classification. This is a new thing, and we're sure you'll have lots of questions, so we've compiled a few of the answers below.
If you've got a question that's not on the list, let us know at email@example.com.
What is a sight classification ?
A sight classification is a certificate issued by British Blind Sport the classification body for blind sports in the UK. Classifications are used to ensure fair competition in blind sports such as archery, football, cricket, athletics, target shooting, golf and judo.
Competitors are assessed based on a combination of their visual acuity and field and given a classification from B1 to B4.
Why do I need a sight classification ?
British Blind Sport say : "Sight classifications are important as they ensure a fair and equal competition. Success at competitions should be defined by an athlete’s skill and ability, not their impairment. The sight classifications should give all athletes the confidence that they are competing against others equally."
Use of sight classifications for VI Tennis tournaments was internationally agreed at the first International Blind Tennis Congress in February 2014
How do I get a sight classification ?
Obtaining a sight classification will involve a trip to an optician or eye consultant who will need to measure or confirm your field and acuity and fill in a form which you must return to British Blind Sport. BBS will then assess and classify you and will send you a certificate within two weeks.
For more information on sight classifications, how to obtain them and how to pay for them, please see the BBS website.
How do I confirm my sight classification with NEVITC ?
As soon as you obtain your sight classification from BBS, let us know. We should then be able to confirm this with BBS by emailing them your name and post code.
If we are unable to confirm - or you have not obtained - your classification before the closing date for tournament entry we will ask you to bring your certificate with you on the day.
What If I still have questions ?
We understand that obtaining a sight classification for the first time can be a bit tricky and we will do our best to answer any queries you may have. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see what we can do to help.