What is visually impaired snooker?
New opportunities are being created by an organisation called World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) for people who are blind or partially sighted to play snooker. Players are classified according to their visual ability, ranging from B1 (totally blind) to B5.
VI players may also play against able bodied or other people with disabilities either competitively or recreationally at their local snooker club.
How do I play visually impaired snooker?
People who are blind or partially sighted can play snooker on regular tables with no mandatory adaptations to equipment. Some VI players have created their own adaptations that may be used in tournament play subject to the approval of event organisers.
At WDBS tournaments, players are given a points start depending on their level of sight relative to their opponent, based upon their British Blind Sport classification. Dependent on the number of participants entered and where possible competitions are split into two separate events one for B1 to B3 and another for B4 to B5.
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Where can I play?
The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards has an interactive ‘Club Finder’ on which you can search for a snooker club near you in England at which you can meet people and play snooker. Click here for EPSB Club Finder.
WDBS organises and runs international competitions for people with disabilities including visual disabilities. VI players are classified as profile 37 under the WDBS classification system.
All WDBS events have a free coaching day with registered WPBSA Snooker Coaches that offer free taster sessions for newcomers who wish to give snooker a try.
To find out more about VI snooker, playing opportunities or to discuss possible adaptions to the sport of snooker please email WDBS on firstname.lastname@example.org