Rock N Roll Pickleball Classification/Medical Committee
Membership: The Classification Committee shall normally be comprised of four to five members, including the Chairperson. The Committee should meet at least once every quarter. Positions on this have the potential to become high profile.
Function: To create strategic recommendations (global, long-term) related to the on-going evaluation and further development of meeting criteria for inclusion of para-pickleball into the Paralympics.
Goal: Create criteria to assess bracket equalization thus assuring committee’s goal of “meaningful competition” in the sport of para-pickleball.
Status: In 2017, the Classification Committee will be established and eventually become a subcommittee of the Rock N Roll Pickleball Para-Pickleball Committee and program.
Contact Person: Adrienne Barlow, Owner and Founder of Rock N Roll Pickleball
Classification Committee Duties: To create strategic recommendations (global, long-term) related to the on-going evaluation and further development of the classification system and assignment of functional-competing-sport classes for the sport of para-pickleball. This committee will act as the medical experts in relation to acceptance and integration of para-athletes into competitive para-pickleball tournaments under Rock N Roll Pickleball’s (RNR) rules, standards and guidelines.
Committee members will develop protocol for verifiable eligibility and evaluation of requesting RNR members for competitive para-pickleball. Athletes will be categorized according to their functional levels into various sport classes as determined by their functional-sport participation and degree of impairment during competition. Classification assessments will include the ability to perform complex muscle-and-nerve acts that produce movements including fine-motor skills such as hand movements as well as gross motor skills with larger movements like walking.
This system will aid in creating meaningful competition for athletes with permanent-physical disabilities. Any appeals or grievances in regards to an athlete’s performance or sport class designation will also be examined by this committee.
All para-athletes must hold a Rock N Roll Pickleball Classification in order to compete in any Rock N Roll Pickleball event. Every competing Rock N Roll Pickleball athlete will adhere to classification standards, rules and guidelines. Classification Committee members will create and define classes closely resembling International Paralympic Committee requirements for competition.
This will include defining:
– Minimal disability criteria
– Competition sport classes
– Competition brackets
– Athlete evaluation procedures
– Point allocations for Rock N Roll teams (para and para/non-disabled team
– Administration of classification opportunities, timelines and athlete class status
– Suspension of athlete evaluations
– Procedures to protest sport class allocations
Qualifications: MD, PhD, OT, PhD Candidates, Paralympian, or other physical medicine specialist preferred. Physical medicine students or master program students in Biology, Physical Therapy or Kinesiology will also be considered. Other considerations include anyone with three years or more of experience with classification criteria and point systems for Paralympic sport classification. No pickleball experience required. Board members of Paralympic sport clubs are encouraged to apply. Anyone with USOC or IPC experience is welcomed to apply and is encouraged to contact Rock N Roll Pickleball directly. Other criteria may be considered. This will be a high profile position. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing is necessary. Media interview experience or training is helpful but may be provided. Ability to communicate and work within diverse groups and setting and collaborate effectively with other agencies is necessary for multiple collaborations. Ability to Please contact Rock N Roll Pickleball for more information.