In “This Week in the NWBA,” below is the schedule of tournaments for the weekend of February 24th-26th, 2017. With a little over a month of action before the top teams in each division convene in Louisville, you don’t want to miss all the weekend’s action. If you are local to any of the tournaments, be sure to show your support for your favorite team. Tag your photos #NWBA and we will share them on Facebook!
February 24-25, 2017
College Men, College Women
Intercollegiate Tournament- Tuscaloosa, AL
February 25, 2017
Prep Division, Varsity Division
Junior Division Northern Conference
Junior Northern Conference Tournament- Golden Valley, MN
February 25-26, 2017
Prep Division, Varsity Division
Junior Division Southwest Conference
Spring WC Basketball Tournament- Dallas, TX
Junior Division Midwest Conference
2017 Midwest Conference Championships- Fort Wayne, IN
Annual Capital Wheelchair Basketball Invitational- Fort Washington, MD
Duke City Classic- Albuquerque, NM
Prep Division, Varsity Division, Division III, Division II
The Inaugural Eastside Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament- Austin, TX
The NWBA Adult Division Executive Committee has announced the 2016-17 NWBA February Rankings for Division I, II and III.
The New York Rollin' Knicks move into the No. 1 ranked team in Division I with a record of 9-2. The Knicks competed at the 2017 Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks Tournament with their full roster.
The defensively stout Knicks held their opponents to less than 50 points per game for the tournament. The Knicks were led on offense by U.S. Paralympic gold medalist Steve Serio of Westbury, New York, who averaged 17 points per game and Canadian Paralympic gold medalists David Eng with 15 points per game and Patrick Anderson with 13 points per game.
The weekend highlight was the Knicks' commanding 68-44 win over Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks. The Mavs have been the No. 1 ranked team throughout the 2016-17 campaign.
The Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks slide to the number two spot in Division I Rankings after their first loss of the season to the New York Rollin' Knicks. The Mavericks 16-1 record includes nine wins versus Division I Top 20 teams.
The Rogue Valley Scorpions (15-1) had an impressive 5-0 showing at the WFFS Brad Rich Invitational to vault to the No. 3 position. Rounding out the top five in the Division I Rankings are the Wheelchair Bucks "A" at No. 4 and Sacramento Rollin' Kings at No. 5.
The No. 13 Denver Rolling Nuggets and the No. 15 Missouri Predators are the two new teams to the top 20 rankings for Division I.
The NWBA Adult Division March Rankings will be used in determining the invites for the 2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical, set for Louisville, Kentucky, March 30-April 2. The top 16 ranked teams in each division of play will receive an invite to the 2017 NWBT from March 1 to March 3. For teams who do not accept an invite, the NWBA Adult Division Executive Committee will extend an invite to the next highest ranked team. All interested teams interested in attending the 2017 NWBT must complete an entry for the Team Registration session. Click here to complete an entry for the Team Registration for the 2017 NWBT.
The 2017 NWBT will feature a total of 48 teams from the NWBA Adult Division and 48 teams from the NWBA Junior Division. For more information on the 2017 NWBT visit www.nwba.org/2017nwbt.
New York Rollin' Knicks
Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
Rogue Valley Scorpions
Milwaukee Bucks "A"
Sacramento Rollin’ Kings
University of Arizona Wildcats (Men’s)
Utah Wheelin' Jazz
San Diego Wolfpack
Miami Heat Wheels
Mary Free Bed Pacers
Denver Rolling Nuggets
TIRR Houston Hotwheels - DI
Courage Rolling Timberwolves
Fort Lauderdale Sharks
MedStar NRH Punishers
Golden State Road Warriors
WASA Bucks - DII
Miami Valley Raptors
San Antonio ParaSport Spurs
Ft. Lauderdale Sharks - DII
Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers
Tampa Bay Strong Dogs
Charlotte Rollin' Hornets - A
LA Clippers Chairmen
Shepherd Stealers - DII
MAPVA Richmond Rimriders
London Forest City Flyers
Music City Lightning
Columbus WCB Club
Boyle Heights Kodiaks
Las Vegas Yuccas
Rancho Renegades - DIII
Orlando Magic Wheels
Phoenix WC Suns - DIII
TIRR Hotwheels - DIII
Oklahoma Rollin' Trojans
CSULB Flying Wheels
MARSHALL, MN - The NWBA is saddened by the loss of John Herndon, NWBA member and student-athlete of the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs of the Intercollegiate Division. Herdon passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
"The NWBA and its Board of Directors are deeply saddened by the loss of John Herndon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Herndon family, friends, teammates and the SMSU community" said NWBA President Sarah Castle.
Prior to this season, Herndon was a member of the Detroit Diehards of the Division III for the 2015-2016 NWBA season. Herdon has been playing wheelchair basketball for more than five years.
Consider helping to support the Herndon family in this time of need with a donation.Click on the following link for more information.
Sportable’s Mission is to create opportunities and transform the lives of those with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sport.
Job Description: Sportable is seeking a highly motivated, energetic individual to join their team. The Athletic Director position will be a key member of the Sportable team with a responsibility of managing all aspects of Sportable sport programming. The ideal candidate will have excellent leadership skills with the ability to lead and mentor a dynamic team of Program Directors; will be detail oriented and highly organized; will be comfortable representing the organization throughout the Richmond community and sharing their “Sportable story;” and will be driven to help Sportable achieve their 2020 Vision of becoming a Gold Level USOC Paralympic Sport Club.
Category Type: This is a full time position. Some night and weekend work is required.
Sportable is a Paralympic Sport Club based in Richmond, VA that actively seeks to fulfill its mission of impacting the lives of those with physical and visual disabilities through sport. Sportable is successful at providing a variety of sports and recreation opportunities in the Greater Richmond Community not because of any one person’s efforts but because of the strength and breadth of our team.
Our team is fully committed to what we call The Sportable Way, which is defined as “enthusiasm with intention” and is guided by our values of
Integrity – Being true to our word and honoring commitments to athletes, partners, and community
Passion- Committing to work hard, stay positive, and encourage success in others
Team Spirit- The expectation that our community will enjoy a sport for its own sake, while upholding the highest standard of fairness, respect, and camaraderie
Ingenuity - Fostering an environment where athletes and volunteers are able to reach their full potential
Sportable works with over 30 community partners to provide twelve year-round adaptive sports programs to individuals, age 5 and up, living with a physical or visual disability in Virginia. The Sportable staff works with our athletes individually to assess programs in which they will be most successful, as well as goal setting, and works with our program coaches to create lesson plans that build on our athlete’s skills. Further, the Sportable team works with many community partners to make competitive opportunities accessible for our athletes.
Sportable partners with the Greater Richmond YMCA so that Sportable athletes have year-round training opportunities and access to accessible wellness centers. YMCA staff also receives disability etiquette training and adaptive sports training as part of the partnership. Sportable also works with area schools through the Changing Perceptions in Schools Program where students are exposed to the world of adaptive sports through hands on learning during physical education classes.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS POSITION INCLUDE:
The Athletic Director shall have responsibility and oversight for all Sportable sports programming. The primary function will be to lead the programming team in the development, planning and execution of all sport programming offered by the organization.
Supervise and lead team of Program Directors by providing direction, input and feedback with regard to day-to-day operation and long term future of all sport programs.
Establish, maintain and cultivate relationships with community and national partners that are instrumental in delivering high quality, impactful Sportable programming. This includes new and potential community partners along with national organizations and governing bodies that are affiliated with the organization.
Working with Program Directors and the Executive Director, the Athletic Director will be responsible for all elements of the programming calendar. This includes planning, scheduling and securing the necessary resources to execute programming, and promoting that final schedule to target audiences.
Oversee the quality, content and execution of volunteer training for programming volunteers.
Lead weekly staff meetings involving Sportable programming staff and, as necessary, coaches and program volunteers.
Responsible for administrative duties that pertain to sports programming, including but not limited to: facility contracts; outcome reporting; eligibility requests; tournament paperwork; athlete, volunteer & coach files; etc.
Work with Program Staff and Executive Director to implement program audits.
Develop budgets for sport programs and special events. Includes working with Program Directors, coaches and community partners to develop yearly program operating budgets and capital expenditure requests.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
For consideration, resume and cover letter with salary requirements should be sent to Wendy Bondeson at the following address or email documents to Wendy@Sportable.org. No phone calls please.
1365 Overbrook Road, Room 2
Richmond, VA 23220
Sportable provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
The NWBA Junior Division Executive Committee is pleased to announce that they are accepting nomination forms for the 2016-17 NWBA Junior Division Annual Awards. The awards will be presented during the Junior Division Banquet at the 2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Louisville, KY. Recipients of an award do not need to be present to receive the award. Please read the awards descriptions and nomination forms to understand the premise of the award and requirements of each award.
Courage Center Award of Merit for Outstanding Leadership in Developing the Junior Division
Every year the Junior Division will honor the Courage Center by presenting the Courage Center Award of Merit for Outstanding Leadership in Developing the Junior Division to an organization that embodies the characteristics of the Courage Center. This award is named after an organization that has truly been a leader in developing the sport, the division, and its athletes and coaches.
Dave Ruback Legacy Award
Every year the Junior Division will honor the memory of Dave Ruback by presenting the Dave Ruback Legacy Award to an individual that best exemplifies the way Dave Ruback served the Junior Division. This award is designed to honor parents of NWBA Junior Division athletes who go “above and beyond the norm” for the betterment of the Junior Division.
Dr. Robert Szyman Leadership Award
For all that Dr. Robert Szyman has accomplished throughout the years, it is the successful application of his vision and leadership through his service as the Commissioner of the Junior Division for 22 years that we honor with the annual presentation of the Dr. Robert Szyman Leadership Award. This award is an effort to recognize those who continue Bob’s work, those who help shape and grow the Junior Division, help develop the athletes and coaches that will take this organization and this sport well into the 21st century.
Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award
With over 50 years of contributions to the NWBA , each year the Junior Division will honor Ed Owen by presenting the Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award to the coach who embodies the legacy of dedication to teaching and learning, leadership and vision of Ed Owen. This award is designed to honor a coach who embodies the teaching qualities and coaching spirit of the legendary Ed Owen and meets the criteria for the Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award.
In order to nominate a person or organization for an award, simply fill out the corresponding nomination form and return it to the Junior Division Executive Committee Secretary, David Elbert (email@example.com) no later than Friday, March 3rd.
The Junior Division Executive Committee will review the nomination forms and vote for the recipient of each award.
The NWBA Hall of Fame is now accepted nominations for the 2017 NWBA Hall of Fame induction, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. The NWBA Hall of Fame is for competitors and non-competitors who made a significant contribution to the growth and playing of the sport of wheelchair basketball.
Hall of Fame criteria and selection process is defined on the NWBA Hall of Fame website by clicking here.
To nominate a person for the Hall of Fame... please complete the 'Hall of Fame Nomination Form by clicking here. Please complete the form with detailed and substantiated information about the nominee(s), and their contributions to wheelchair basketball. The NWBA Hall of Fame Committee would appreciate stats, articles, and other information.
Please complete the form along with three Letters of Support for the Nominee (in Word format) that verify and personalize the nominees unique qualifications. All nominations must be submitted by Friday February 17 at midnight to:
Frank T. Burns , Chairman NWBA Hall of Fame Committee
Address: 6410 S. Minerva 1S
Chicago, IL 60637
Nomination to the Hall of Fame does NOT guarantee selection and Induction. Each nominee’s qualifications are carefully examined and evaluated. It is not unusual for nominees to be on the ballot for several years before selection.
Buenos Aires, Argentina – The U.S. Men’s U23 Team goes undefeated at IWBF America’s U23 Qualifier and qualifies for 2017 U23 World Championships set for Toronto, Canada, June 8-16. On the final Saturday, Team USA defeated host country Argentina, 66-18, for a perfect 6-0 record.
University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Jeromie Meyer of Woodbine, Iowa, led the U.S. squad against Argentina with 16 points and four rebounds. University of Wisconsin at Whitewater’s Kyle Gribble of Elmhurst, Illinois, found double digits as well with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Brent Regier of Henderson, Nebraska, and University of Missouri’s Marshall Lindsay of Stansbury Park, Utah, each scored 9 points on the final day.
Team USA once again put up a defensive wall keeping Argentina to only single digits in the first three quarters (20-4; 39-6; and 57-8). In the final quarter, Argentina outscored the U.S. 10-9.
Four the tournament, Team USA outscored the field 438-171. The top two finishing countries qualified for the 2017 IWBF U23 World Championships. Brazil finished second overall and qualifies.
“We are extremely grateful to our host country Argentina for making us feel welcome and putting on an awesome tournament,” said U.S. Men’s U23 Head Coach Jeremy Lade of Whitewater, Wisconsin. “Our U23 team has qualified to compete in Toronto and we couldn’t be more excited. It was an incredible tournament and fantastic opportunity for us to grow as a team.”
Lade, a U.S. Paralympic medalist, is serving as the head coach of the Men’s U23 World Championships team, and it is his first coaching assignment for the United States. Also on the sidelines are assistant coaches Christian Burkett of Seattle, Washington, and Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri. Kelly Fischbach will serve as the Team Leader, with Mike Lenser of Whitewater, Wisconsin working at the athletic trainer.
The U23 men’s wheelchair basketball program is an international development team that serves as NWBA pipeline to the U.S. Men’s National Team. This program provides elite youth athletes the opportunity to compete at the international level. Team USA has reached the championship game in three of the last five U23 World Championships, having won in 2005 and 2009. The United States claimed a bronze medal in 2001, and did not participate in 2013.
2017 America’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championships Qualifier
Buenos Aires, Argentina
USA def. Brazil, 64-38
USA def. Chile, 96-31
USA def. Argentina, 69-18
USA def. Brazil, 65-48
USA def. Chile, 78-18
USA def. Argentina, 66-18
Follow the links below for the Proposed Bylaw Amendments that have been received by the NWBA Governance Committee. Eligible voting delegates may vote on this proposals during the 2017 NWBA Annual Assembly at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, March 29.
The NWBA Board of Directors has several positions up for re-election at the NWBA Annual Assembly that is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29 at the Crowne Plaza Airport in Louisville, Kentucky.
Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel
830 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209
The qualifications and nomination process are below. If you have questions regarding the process of filling the open NWBA Board of Directors position, please contact NWBA Governance Committee Chairperson and Board Secretary Scott Voskovitch by clicking here.
The elections for the NWBA Board of Director positions will be held in accordance with NWBA Bylaws Article 9, Section 9.4. The Governance Committee shall submit a slate of nominees for Board offices to the Executive Director for publication and distribution to the voting membership at least 30 days prior to the scheduled Annual Assembly.
The Governance Committee posting shall occur no later than Monday, February 27 via the NWBA website, located at http://www.nwba.org/.
All nominations received from the voting membership, as well as the nominations of the Governance committee, shall be closed 30 days prior to the Annual Assembly. No nominations from the floor of the Annual Assembly shall be permitted, except in the circumstance where the Governance Committee fails to submit nominations for a particular Board office.
The Board of Directors Positions for Re-Election: Sarah Castle (President) ; Bruce Fischbach (Vice President); Lee Montgomery (Director); Tim Fox (Director; fulfilling the un-expired term of Pat McCoy).
The NWBA Bylaws referenced above, are below.
NWBA Bylaws – Article 7, Section 7.4: Qualifications
Each director of the Board of Directors must be twenty-five (25) years of age or older. In addition, a director shall:
. a) have the highest personal and professional integrity,
. b) have demonstrated exceptional ability and judgment,
. c) be effective, in conjunction with the other members of the Board, in collectively serving the long-term interests of the NWBA,
. d) possess an understanding of athletic competition and the Paralympic ideals,
. e) have a high level of experience and capability in Board oversight responsibilities, including in the areas of finance, marketing, fundraising, audit, management, communications, sport, and other challenges that face the NWBA.
NWBA Bylaws – Article 9, Section 9.4: Elections
At least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled Annual Assembly, the Governance Committee (see Article Ten of these Bylaws) shall submit a slate of nominees for Board offices to the Executive Director for publication and distribution to the voting membership of the organization.
The Governance committee shall submit all nominations received from the voting membership, as well as the nominations of the committee. Nominations for board offices shall be closed thirty days prior to the Annual Assembly and no nominations from the floor of the Annual Assembly shall be permitted, except in the circumstance where the Governance Committee fails to submit nominations for a particular Board office.
At the Annual Assembly, the chair of the Governance Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Director, shall prepare ballots for the voting membership which list all nominees by the Board office for which the candidates were nominated.
The chair of the Governance Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Director, shall also prepare ballots for any amendment issues that have been submitted as provided in Article Twenty of this document.
The voting membership shall cast their votes for all offices and all amendment issues on a single, secret ballot at the Annual Assembly, and the results shall be tabulated and announced immediately.
Voting members of the NWBA who cannot attend the Annual Assembly may alternatively request an absentee ballot from the Chair of the Governance Committee.
The request for an absentee ballot must be received at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Assembly. The completed absentee ballot must then be received by the Chair of the Governance at least five (5) days prior to the commencement of the Annual Assembly. Absentee ballots shall be tabulated at the same time as other ballots during the Annual Assembly.