The voting has closed on the NWBA Power Poll - What is the best way to greet an Official? Here are the results:
64% - Introduce yourself and thank them.
31% - Say "Thank you" for a well-called game.
3% - Have empathy and accept outcomes
3% - Question calls rarely and respectfully
0% - Not yell about calls or fouls from the stands.
Thank you for your participation. Go to the NWBA Home page and participate in the next Power Poll.
The 2015-16 Team Registration process concluded at 5:00pm (MST) today with a total of 224 teams registering for the season. The NWBA staff would like to thank all the teams for their participation in the new registration system.
28 - Prep Division
50 - Varsity Division
93 - Division III
31 - Championship Division
13 - Collegiate Division (Men & Women teams)
9 - Women's Division
All outstanding Membership dues must be paid to the National Office no later than October 16 to be considered a team in good standing. If you need assistance please contact the NWBA staff.
New teams interested in joining the NWBA for the 2015-16 season should contact the NWBA staff for assistance.
As of this morning, the NWBA has topped the 1000 mark for Individual Registrations! Congratulations to a member of the BlazeSports Prep team for being the 1000th individual registration.
We know there are more individuals out there who must complete the Individual Registration process for eligibility to be rostered on a NWBA for the 2015-16 season. Coaches and Team Representatives get out the word to your athletes. Come to the NWBA website and follow the link below to begin the Individual Registration process for the 2015-16 NWBA season.
All individual registrations must be completed no later than October 31.
Mikasa, the Official Basketball Supplier of the NWBA, continues to support the National Wheelchair Basketball Association with its team discount program. Officially registered teams can purchase Mikasa basketballs (model BD2000/BDC2000) for its program.
Follow the link below to use the coupon code, NWBA1315, to purchase your basketballs before December 31, 2015.
The NWBA will review options for a basketball sponsorship for 2016 and beyond. The official basketball for 2016 NWBA National Tournament will be identified and communicated to teams by December 31, 2015.
The NWBA spent part of 2015 building on the foundation of the organization’s long time existing service to military veterans with disabilities. With the generous support of the Department of Veteran Affairs, the NWBA Operation Rebound was able to offer three development clinics specifically for veterans and active duty service members with physical disabilities.
The first camp was held at the 2015 National Championship Tournament. Forty-five veterans, coaches and veteran volunteers participated at this year’s National Tournament, April 16-19 in Louisville, KY. Head Coach Doug Garner coordinated a coaching and support staff of 10, with another 6 veterans who were rostered on teams competing the tournament also helping out.
The three day camp included offensive and defensive drills, game strategies, shooting and rebounding drills. Players were introduced to issues including classification, proper fitting for basketball chairs and a variety of veteran support services.
Sports ‘N Sports captured the essence of the NWBT Military Camp in a great article called Bond Over Basketball.
The two days of clinics ended with head-to-head competition with the veterans dividing into four teams and playing a round-robin tournament. This event represent the first event in a new initiative designated for veterans and active duty service members with disabilities taken on by the NWBA and made possible by an Adapted Sports Grant from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The remaining two camps were held during the summer off season. Camp 2 was hosted by Doug Garner and the University of Texas – Arlington, July 28-29 and had 20 participants. The UTA camp provided participants both a basketball camp and a college experience on a large college campus.
Camp 3 was held on August 25 at Fort Stewart, GA, and made possible by Buddy Karolev, the Adapted Sports Coordinator and staff from the Warrior Transition Unit. This program had 18 participants. Three veterans from North Carolina joined 15 active duty service members for a full day of basketball skills, drills and competition.
Veterans and active duty service members with disabilities interested in more information on the NWBA’s new Military Sports Program should contact Jeff Jones, NWBA Associate Director of Sport and Veteran Initiatives.