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Why does my application and Doctor’s sight evaluation form go to the IBGA instead of the USBGA?

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Why does my application and Doctor’s sight evaluation form go to the IBGA instead of the USBGA?

That is because the IBGA is our parent organization that officially determines potential members’  sight qualification and sight category placement.  Having a single organization makes every country equal in both placement and approval.  Then the individual countries run their organizations separately for events and tournaments, unless the IBGA is involved in sponsorship of a tourney, where they would again oversee the event with standardized international rules.

Who is qualify to join the USBGA?

Any person who has a visual acuity worse than or less than 20/200 in BOTH eyes.  Your vision cannot be correctable to be better than 20/200 with either glasses or contacts. Finally, you must be a U.S. citizen or have dual citizenship.

Do I have to be totally blind to play?

No.  The USBGA and the International Organization, the IBGA, both recognize 3 sight categories for players:  B1 – Totally Blind, B2 – Vision Impaired, and B3 – Vision Impaired.   Read more about the sight categories, rule modifications and guides here.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?

(list benefits here)