The IDAF rule book was approved by President Arthur Dean on 24 September 2012.
RULE AMENDMENTS. The following amendments have been approved by the IDAF Rules Committee subsequent to that date:
- SOCCER SCORING. Rule 18.104.22.168 was amended so that goals scored by female players score 1 point instead of 2 points. The new text of the rule is: "Law 10: Goal scored. Conform to FIFA Law 10." (Amendment dated 12 December 2012)
- PLAYING UP AGE DIVISIONS. Rule 1.2.5 was added to clarify that children and youths must compete within the age groups defined by the competition host. The text of the new rule is: "Children and youths must compete within the Futures and Juniors age groups defined by the competition host (e.g., a Futures athlete may not compete in the Junior Division), unless they choose to compete in the Open Division." (Amendment dated 5 May 2013)
- MINIMUM AGE FOR POWERLIFTING. Rule 1.2.6 was changed to reflect a revised IPC rule that athletes in international powerlifting competitions must be at least 16 years of age (the minimum age was formerly 14 years). The text of the revised rule is: "Athletes must be at least 16 years of age to compete in powerlifting." (Amendment dated 5 May 2013)
- SIDEARM SERVE IN BADMINTON. Rule 5.3.2 was revised to clarify situations in which a sidearm serve may be used (the preferred/default serve is an underarm serve). Note that the athlete must request permission to use a sidearm serve. The text of the revised rule is: "A sidearm serve shall be allowed on a case-by-case basis only when a combination of short stature, limitations to range of movement, and a long racket make the underhand serve impossible. When a sidearm serve is allowed, no part of the racket head may exceed chest height. Athletes who wish to use a sidearm serve shall seek prior permission from the badminton competition director, who shall in turn consult with the tournament referee." (Amendment dated 5 May 2013)
- INTERNATIONAL AUTHORITY FOR BOCCIA RULES. Rule 7.3.1 was revised to indicate that BISFed (not CP-ISRA) is the international authority for boccia rules. There are no changes in the technical rules, just the governing organization. The text of the revised rule is: "IDAF follows the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) rules (http://www.bisfed.com)." (Amendment dated 5 May 2013)
- POWERLIFTING MINIMUM AGE. Rule 10.1.1 about powerlifting age divisions was revised to reflect a revised IPC rule that athletes in international powerlifting competitions must be at least 16 years of age (the minimum age was formerly 14 years). The text of the revised rule is: "Powerlifting may be offered in the Open (any age) and Masters (35 years and older) Divisions. Athletes who compete in the Open Division may not compete in the Masters Divisions. Note: IDAF observes the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) technical rules for powerlifting which specify that athletes must be at least 16 years of age." (Amendment dated 5 May 2013)
- CLASSIFICATION. After extensive examination of self-reported measurement data submitted by athletes with the 2013 World Dwarf Games registrations, new lower body and upper body classification systems were developed for Open and Masters Division events. Lower body classification is now based upon leg length, measured by the difference between standing and sitting height. Upper body classification is based upon arm span. A full explanation is given in the IDAF Classification Rules. Changes were made to IDAF rules 2.2.1, 2.2.2, and 2.6.2. The Junior Division classification system was not changed. (Amendments dated 12 June 2013)
- JUNIOR DIVISION CLASSIFICATION. Junior division athletes will retain their junior division classifications if they choose to compete in the open division. This is a rule interpretation by the IDAF Rules Committee that is not reflected in the IDAF Rule Book.
CHANGES IN COMPETITION PROCEDURES. The 2013 IDAF Rule Book is the first-ever rules manual developed by the organization. It is inevitable that some provisions will be unworkable despite the best intentions of the IDAF Rules Committee. Thus, the following changes were approved by the competition host.
- USE OF SIGHTS IN ARCHERY COMPETITION. Rule 4.6.4 prohibits sights in archery competition. However the World Games competition host has discovered that it is not possible to enforce this rule in 9m crossbow competition because the crossbows come equipped with sights that cannot be readily removed. Thus sights will be permitted in the 2013 crossbow competition. Also, after more experience coaching dwarf athletes, the sport technical officer for archery determined that sights should be allowed for the 18m recurve bow competition, simply because of the distance from the athlete to the target.