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Regulations Governing International Classifiers

General Provisions

Each NOWB affiliated to IWBF has the right to nominate candidates for Certification from amongst its national classifiers. There are two levels of IWBF certification - Zone and International.

In order to be accepted as a candidate for the Zone Classifier or International Classifier level, individuals must be proposed officially by their NOWB and fulfil the following obligations:

IWBF system of Certification of Zone Classifiers

Be involved in wheelchair basketball in their country, be motivated and in particular have observed and followed a great number of matches. It is recommended that students proposed for examination have a minimum of 2 years experience in classifying at the national level.

Understand the principles of the IWBF Player Classification System and be familiar with the Official Player Classification Manual. They must have studied with an International classifier who must certify their competence at the relevant level

Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the manner in which wheelchair basketball is played.

Candidates must attend a Classification course organised for the purpose of training IWBF classifiers. The course will be under the direction of International Classifier Examiners and will include:

Theory sessions where the IWBF Player Classification System will be detailed and discussed.

Practical sessions where the candidates will have an opportunity to review players during practise and game situations with the Course Tutors.

Individual sessions with the Course Tutors where candidates will have an opportunity to view players during a game situation and discuss their evaluation of the player’s class with the Course Tutor.

An examination where the candidate will be required to review and assign a classification to players. The candidate will be required to score within set parameters to pass at each level.

A verbal review with a Course Tutor where the candidate will be required to explain the rationale for the class given to players chosen at random from their examination paper.

The Chief Examiner will inform the student of the results of their test. Students who pass will be accorded the appropriate level of certification, and be eligible to progress to the next level if relevant.

Candidates for Zone and International Classification certification may attend the same course.

Note: In exceptional cases, where a candidate has been actively classifying for their NOWB for a period of three years and can demonstrate a high knowledge of the game of wheelchair basketball and the Player Classification System of IWBF, the President of the Player Classification Commission may, on the recommendation of an IWBF International Classifier, agree to allow the candidate to test for the International License without having completed the examination for the Zone License.

IWBF system of Certification of International Classifiers:

Candidates for their International License must have previously completed their Zone level certification to be considered for International Level.

English is the official language of IWBF. IWBF Classifiers must be able to communicate with the members of the classification panel, the athlete and the athlete’s team staff in English.

Candidates for the International License must have a minimum of one year experience after receiving their Zone License and have continued to classify players in their own country and/or Zone before applying for certification at the International level.

The proposing NOWB must ensure that the candidate has been actively classifying wheelchair basketball players during this period.

Candidates must pass a theoretical and practical examination. Only the official texts and examinations established by the Player Classification Commission of IWBF are valid.

The candidate’s NOWB must forward an application form along with the fee as set out in P4 to the Secretary General of IWBF or the Secretary General of the Zone in which the examination is occurring four weeks before the date set before the date set for the Candidate clinic. In exceptional circumstances the Secretary General of the Zone may in consultation with the Classification Officer of the Zone accept an application for a candidate up until the start of the clinic. The fee as set out in P4 or the equivalent in a currency specified by the Zone must accompany the form or be presented at the clinic with the approval of the Zone. This fee must be paid for each examination, Zone and International.

The NOWB of candidates who are accepted will receive notice of selection for examination as soon as possible after the receipt of the application. It is the responsibility of the NOWB of the candidate to inform the candidate of their acceptance and to make all arrangements for the candidate to attend the clinic. The NOWB is responsible for all candidate expenses including transportation, accommodation, meals and fees.

Examiners are appointed by the Player Classification Commission. The Player Classification Commission is responsible for training the persons named as classification examiners. The Player Classification Commission will maintain a world listing of these individuals. The Zones must choose the examiners for their clinics from this list. The Player Classification Commission supplies the examiners with the appropriate examination criteria and procedures.

Where a Zone does not have sufficient examiners to conduct an examination they must apply to the IWBF Secretariat who will consult with the President of the Player Classification Commission for a name to be proposed to the Zone. The Secretariat will consult with the Zone but will have the final authority to appoint the necessary examiners keeping in mind the costs. The Secretariat will make the contact with the proposed examiner to confirm acceptance. The Secretariat will confirm the appointment with the Zone hosting the clinic, the examiner, his NOWB and his Zone. The Zone hosting the clinic is responsible for all further contacts with the examiner.

Zones are authorised to conduct examinations of candidates. They must comply with the regulations stated in this section. As much as possible examiners should not be from the same country as the candidate(s).

The Classification Examiner at the clinic sends the list of candidates and the results of their examination, along with two passport photographs of the candidate and a photocopy of the candidate’s passport details, immediately to the Secretary General of the Zone in which the examination took place with a copy to the President of the Player Classification Commission. If successful, the Zone or International classifiers license will be issued by the Secretary General of the Zone and sent to the new classifier with a copy to the NOWB. The Secretary General of the Zone will forward a copy to the Secretary General of IWBF.

Generally, the Secretary General of IWBF and the Secretaries General of the Zones shall communicate with the international classifiers only through their respective NOWB with the exception that the Secretary General of IWBF and the Secretaries General of the Zones may contact a classifier directly to issue an invitation to act as classification panel member. They will inform the NOWB of the classifier of this appointment.

An NOWB may have an unlimited number of international classifiers.

Candidates who do not pass their examination will not be entitled to participate in a new candidate clinic or take the examination again until twelve (12) months after the last attempt.

 

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Current Zone and International Classifiers in Europe

NOWB

Name

Level

AUT

Bicak-Bucan, Thea

Zone

AUT

Pfaller, Walter

Int.

BEL

Terryn, Wouter

Int.

BEL

Van Kerkhove, Lieve

Int.

BEL

Van Vlaenderen, Bart

Int.

BUL

Georgieva, Irena Zone

CRO

Petrinovic, Lidija

Zone

CZE

Erbenova, Gabriella

Int.

CZE

Zimova, Tereza

Zone

DEN

Krogh, Dorthe

Zone

ESP

Agudo, Angel Gil

Zone

ESP

Jimenez Cano, Antonio

Int.

ESP

Lanau, Pedro

Int.

FIN

Raati, Juha

Zone

FRA

Courbariaux, Bernard

Int.

FRA

Dinh, Tan Trien

Int.

GBR

Bethel, Charlie

Zone

GBR

Brown, Ian

Zone

GBR

Chickosky, Josi

Zone

GBR

Conroy, Susan

Zone

GBR

Craven, Phil

Int.

GBR Kingstone, Victoria

Int.

GBR

Mackay, Kenneth

Int.

GBR

Spilka, Steve

Zone

GBR

Tarkenter, Malcolm

Int.

GER

Abes, Nadira

Int.

GER Drisch, Sabine

Int.

GER Mohnen, Sonja

Int.

GER

Roos, Nikolaus

Zone

GER

Völpel, Hans Jürgen

Int.

GRE

Sgantzos, Markos

Zone

IRL

Cullen Wendy

Zone

ISR

Douer Osnat

Zone

ISR

Koseff, Davidah

Zone

ISR

Samson, Sofer

Zone

ITA

Bizzarini, Emiliana

Int.

ITA

Marson, Giovanna

Zone

LTU

Kerpe, Richardus

Zone

LTU

Stravinskas, Vaidas

Int.

NED

De Jong, Frits

Int.

NED

Van Breukelen, Kees

Zone

NED

Voorthuyzen Jan Willem

Int.

NED

Vorsteveld, Hans

Int.

NOR

Telle, Britt Elise

Zone

POL

Golon, Aleksandra

Zone

POL

Molik, Bartosz

Int.

POR

Da Costa, Regina

Int.

SUI

Vannay, Frederic

Zone

TUR

Nevin Ergun

Int.

TUR

Kezban, Yigter

Zone

TUR

Necmiye, Un

Zone

TUR

Anafroglu, Bahar

Int.