What is Classification?

Classification is a process where athletes with disabilities are classified into various groups in accordance with their physical and functional ability. This may be based purely on an evaluation of their disability or an evaluation of the impact of their functional abilities on their participation in a particular sport.

Classification is a formal process: there are specific processes and regulations which vary between sports. Classifiers must be accredited for state, national and international classification by the relevant International Sports Federation.

The Volleyball classification is based on the " Amputee and Les Autres" system used by ISOD (International Sports Organisation for the Disabled). In general classification is conducted utilising one or more of the following measures:

Level of amputation; Muscle strength; Joint range of motion; Difference in limb length


The Classification System

In Sitting Volleyball, players are assigned a classification of either Minimal Disability (MD) (most physically able) or Disabled (D) (least physically able).


For International Sitting Volleyball Competitions:
Athletes must be classified prior to any participation in international competition. Athletes will be classified either Minimal Disability or full Disabled. Teams can only have two MD's on the roster and one MD on the court at any given time.

For Domestic Sitting Volleyball Competitions:
Any athlete with a disability or able-bodied athletes may be eligible to compete, each individual competition reserves the right to determine its own eligibility criteria.

For more information on the classification system or to determine who may be eligible please email: ihalliday@volleyball.ca .