BLIND AND LOW VISION TENNIS
Blind and Low Vision Tennis follows the same rules as mainstream tennis with the exception of some modifications depending on the classification.
Some modifications include:
- Net height
- Racquet size
- Ball (audible balls)
- Number of bounces (depending on category)
For further details on equipment modification and game rules- visit the IBTA website.
There are four classifications/categories of Blind and Low Vision Tennis according to the International Blind Tennis Association (IBTA):
- B1Visual acuity poorer than LogMAR 2.60
- B2Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive)
- B3Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.0 to 1.40 (inclusive) OR visual fields less than 10 degrees diameter and visual acuity better than 0.5 (B4)
- B4Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 0.5 to 0.9 (inclusive) OR visual fields less than 40 degrees diameter and visual acuity better than 0.5.
(Source: International Blind Tennis Association)
HOW TO GET CLASSIFIED
The form is to be completed in English and by a registered ophthalmologist or optometrist.
Attach all medical documentation required on pages 2-3 of the form.
The form and the attached medical documentation may not be older than 12 months at the time of the Player Evaluation.
Once completed please send to BlindTennis@Tennis.com.au
Do I need to be classified to participate? Classification enables the coach to tailor lessons to your classification needs. Different classifications have a different number of bounces, so once you are classified we can coach you accordingly. You can naturally commence lessons whilst you are gaining/applying for your classification – there is no need to wait.
Video link from Tennis Victoria: Junior Blind Tennis program | Tennis Victoria Inclusion