Blind Cricket England and Wales (BCEW) Founded: 2006 Chairman: Colin Baxter Vice Chairman: David Gavrilovic Registered Charity Number: 1118729 Website: www.BCEW.co.uk
Sight Classification Procedure
Written in March 2006
Last Updated: 11th November 2014
Disputes about sight classification have been detrimental to our game in the past, therefore, it is important that procedures laid down by BCEW are adhered to. This will allow BCEW to keep proper records and will help to minimise future conflict on sight classification.
(1.1) It is the responsibility of all players, to ensure that the procedures for sight classification are followed, as outlined in these procedures.
(1.2) All players should be classified under the Blind Cricket England and Wales sight classifications. British Blind Sport, World Blind Cricket Ltd, IPC or IBSA classification will be recognised.
(1.3) All players new to blind cricket, must use the BCEW sight classification form when seeking classification. Players should seek classification as quickly as possible, to avoid any disputes or the possibility of them not being allowed to play in BCEW competition.
(1.4) All players must seek classification (as in 1.3 above) with in six weeks from the date they started to play in BCEW competition. Classification must be performed by a properly qualified ophthalmic professional (optometrist or consultant ophthalmologist).
(1.5) Player eligibility (1.5.1) The committee may request proof of visual impairment at any time from any player who does not hold a valid sight classification. This includes within the first six weeks of their involvement in blind cricket.
(1.5.2) It is every clubs responsibility to make certain anyone playing for them in competitive cricket is visually impaired enough to be eligible to play blind cricket. This decision should be made by the person captaining on the match day.
(1.5.3) Upon a request from the committee for proof of visual impairment the club involved will have 14 days to produce proof of the player involved’s visual impairment.
(1.5.4) If a club cannot prove that a player is eligible to play blind cricket they risk being docked points, disqualified from matches that player played in or even exclusion from the league if this is a repeated offence.
(1.6) All partially sighted players will have to take a sight test a minimum of once every 4 years to remain eligible to play blind cricket. Partially sighted players will be defined as anyone not registered as B1.
(1.7) It is the responsibility of all players to keep a copy of their completed BCEW sight classification form, and to send the original to the BCEW Business & Competitions Director.