IPCH is really happy and proud to present the final version of the IPCH Classification Manual.
The manual contains all rules, policies and procedure for athletes classification and also all the requirments and information to become an IPCH Classifier, or to request a Classification Session.
This project is the result of the last decisions related to Classification taken by the Sport Assembly and of the huge work of the Classification Committee that has been leaded by Dr. Denis Jaeken until the end of 2015 and in the last year by Mr. Kees van Breukelen who has accepted to succeed to him as Head of the IPCH Classification Committee.
The main goal was to renew and update the Classification system bringing it up-to-date and in line with IPC guidelines and standards, in order to do this a deep analysis and revision of the Classification methods and standpoints have been necessary and also the knowlegde and a good activities of comparisons with other wheelchair sports were useful.
Aims of the revision (following IPC rules and regulations):
1. Focus: focus on ‘impairment based’ classification instead of ‘performance based’ classification.
2. Formulation: formulate a new, modern, IPC compliant eligibility rule.
3. Replacement: replacing the ‘disability-list’ with IPC eligible impairment types.
4. Uniformity: Create uniformity in the classification of athletes with the same impairment type.
5. Transparency: making PCH classification more transparent: sportclass is the sum of Arm impairment profile and Trunk impairment profile.
6. Restoration: restoring the sportclass as an ‘impairment’ class instead of an ‘equipment’ class.
The IPCH Classification system is an ‘eclectic’ system: it comprises approved classification details from other wheelchair sports which are appropriate and were found useful for our sport.
The concept of ‘Volume of Action’ of a PCH player comes from Wheelchair basketball were it is used successfully since 1984 (Official Player Classification Manual, 2014 IWBF).
The TIC (Trunk Impairment Classification), which forms an integral part of the revised IPCH classification formula, is an evident based (part of) classification which do find its origin in
Wheelchair rugby (IWRF Classification Manual, 2015).
The Manual was presented, discussed and approved during the Sport Assembly held in De Rijp on 18th July 2016 and was previously shared also withIWAS and IWAS Sports Science & Medical Officer Mr. Johnson Nino-Soto, MD and also with IPC Classification Managers.
If you have any doubt or want to know more about how to become an IPCH Classifiers or about the IPCH Classification System please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org