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    2020-2021 Team Registration Opens August 3rd

    08/03/2020, 2:30pm CDT
    By NWBA

    Register August 3-17 to be eligible for an entry in the Team Prize Pack Giveaway

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Event Sanction Application is now available for those interested in hosting an National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) sanctioned event for the 2020 -2021 NWBA season. By sanctioning an NWBA event (e.g. single game, tournament, clinic or fundraiser), our goal is to collaborate with you to ensure your event:

    1. Has only registered NWBA members competing and coaching

    - All participants in the bench areas and on-court are completely registered as a Junior Athlete, Adult Athlete or Non-Athlete with the NWBA. This includes, but not limited to, membership requirements for SafeSport certification and valid background screening for the security of our members and attendees.

    2. Has insurance coverage, which supports participants in case of injury

    Note there will not be coverage for liability and accident claims related to COVID-19 regardless of timing, return-to-play protocols or government mandate.

    3. Counts towards postseason rankings (if the event includes games)

    - Teams must be registered with the NWBA

    - Athletes and Non-Athletes must be registered with the NWBA

    - We want your games to count

    4. Is communicated and marketed to our membership

    5. Scores are published (with results and records recognized) online after the event

    6. Event is supported by recognized NWBA personnel, which may include officials, classifiers, partners and national office personnel 

    The 2020-2021 event sanction fee is $25 per event application, which is a freeze on the fee from 2019-20 season (an update from multi-year dues structure listed on bottom of this page). This fee will offset a portion of the costs associated with providing administration support for events and insurance coverage. Insurance costs for the association continue to increase annually. Our goal is to be as thoughtful as possible in balancing costs for membership, although we must continually monitor costs for the NWBA as a business, as well.

    For the registration link and additional information please feel free to visit

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is announcing the season details and postseason timelines developed by divisional leadership for the 2020-21 NWBA season. The divisional leadership exercised their own governance in establishing flexibility within their divisional guidelines (click here to view) to accommodate the following season details and postseason timelines.

    This are all important considerations for teams as they begin to register (click here to view 2020-21 NWBA Team Registration that opened August 3rd) for the 2020-21 NWBA season.


    How to Deal with Anxiety Around Return to Play

    08/03/2020, 1:45pm CDT
    By NWBA & TrueSport

    Youth Sports: How to Deal with Anxiety Around Return to Play


    As young athletes return to practice after being away from friends and coaches for months due to COVID-19 lockdowns, athlete anxiety will be natural. Not only are there new safety protocols in place that may seem confusing or intimidating, it’s a big shift emotionally as well.


    Instead of being stressed or anxious about practices being canceled like they were three months ago, athletes are now feeling stress and anxiety around practices coming back. While the situation is similar, the ways that parents can help athletes cope with these feelings will be slightly different and TrueSport Expert Kevin Chapman, PhD, clinical psychologist and founder of The Kentucky Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, is here to help parents navigate an athlete’s return to play.


    Let Them Feel Feelings

    First and foremost, it is important to recognize your athlete’s feelings as valid. For months, he’s been told that he cannot play with his friends or go to practice without risking himself and his loved ones, but now, he’s being told to return to play. The shift in messaging may have been abrupt, as most states are reopening at a brisk pace, which doesn’t leave young athletes with much time to process feelings. “Most athletes I know are excited,” says Chapman. “But being nervous or anxious is completely understandable, and we need to normalize those feelings.” Don’t ignore your athlete’s feelings, discuss them. 


    Assess Where Anxiety Stems From

    Before you can help your athlete figure out how to deal with anxiety around return to play, it’s important to understand what’s causing their feelings. Chapman notes that there are a few primary causes. 

    1. Not being "up to speed. Even if a coach has been recommending cross-training or hosting virtual practice, your athlete may still feel like they’ve gotten behind. “Every athlete is feeling that way,” says Chapman. “It’s important to remember that everyone on the team has been in the same boat, so it’s unlikely that your athlete is far behind everyone else. But that stress is understandable."
    2. Seeing friends for the first time in weeks. While adults are unlikely to feel the stress of seeing friends again, remember that friendships can be more complicated at young ages, especially in pre-teen and teen years. Your athlete may have been out of touch with teammates during this time, so it’s understandable that they might feel some nerves around seeing teammates again.
    3. Worry about virus. Your athlete has been hearing about the dangers of coronavirus for months now and has learned that staying safe means staying away from people. For younger athletes in particular, it’s entirely possible that they could have developed an unhealthy amount of anxiety around germs and getting sick.
    4. Absorbing parental anxiety. During the coronavirus crisis, parental stress and anxiety have been heightened, according to the American Psychological Association. “We know there's a family transmission of anxiety,” says Chapman. He explains that kids are attuned to parental emotions, meaning if you’re anxious about your athlete getting dropped off at practice, they will likely feel the same way. 

    Work Through Solutions

    Once you understand the root of your athlete’s nerves around returning to play, you can work together to find solutions. Chapman has some suggestions for how to help ease the transition.


    1. Not being "up to speed. Remind your athlete that everyone on the team is likely having the same feeling and let them think through if there are any steps to take to ‘get caught up.’ Are there some extra drills to practice at home this week? Even spending a few minutes helping them practice in the backyard to remind them that they can still kick/toss/throw/catch might make a difference. 
    2. Seeing friends for the first time in weeks. If there’s time ahead of this first return to practice, encourage your athlete to set up a video hangout or group chat with a few teammates. Catching up with a couple friends may help ease the way back into a bigger social scene. 
    3. Worry about virus. Discuss the health practices that your athlete can take to feel safer, like using a mask or carrying hand sanitizer. If the coach hasn’t communicated any new practice etiquette around social distancing and mask use, have your athlete reach out to coach and get a list. Having tangible steps to take to increase safety may help ease your athlete’s (and your) mind.
    4. Absorbing parental anxiety. While you may not be able to change your feelings of stress or anxiety, try to find a spark of excitement about your child’s return to play. Maybe this time is a chance for you to get in a workout of your own or sit quietly and read in the car. If you can come up with a few positives about practice restarting, that may help your athlete kindle feelings of excitement as well. 


    Reset Goals and Expectations

    Games and seasons might not look the same for a year or more, and for older athletes thinking about college and professional athletics, this time can be tricky and even lead to a lack of motivation. But Chapman explains that your athlete needs to understand the difference between ‘catastrophic thoughts’ and the reality of the situation. For instance, most programs around the world are paused, so colleges are aware that the 2020 season will need to use different tactics for recruiting athletes.


    If your athlete is falling into catastrophic thinking, Chapman says to ask a few questions: "Am I certain that this thought is true? What's the evidence that this thought is true? Is this thought being driven by intense emotion or facts?”


    “All of those questions will force the athlete to look at the evidence to support his anxiety, and then come up with a more flexible way to view the situation. The new thoughts don’t have to be positive, just more flexible."


    Take Them to Practice, Regardless

    You may have an athlete who simply doesn’t feel ready to return because of anxiety around being back with teammates. Chapman says that validating those feelings is important, but in this case, try to get them to the practice field. 


    “I've found that avoidance is going to backfire and create even more avoidance,” Chapman explains. You can tell your athlete they don’t have to get out of the car or engage with the practice, but that you’re going to go watch. Once you’re there, Chapman says, they’ll most likely remember what they love about being at practice and will jump out of the car to meet friends.



    In this confusing time, it’s natural for young athletes to be anxious about returning to play. With these tips, you can learn to recognize their feelings, determine the cause, and help them address that anxiety.


    About TrueSport

    TrueSport®, a movement powered by the experience and values of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, champions the positive values and life lessons learned through youth sport. TrueSport inspires athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators to change the culture of youth sport through active engagement and thoughtful curriculum based on cornerstone lessons of sportsmanship, character-building, and clean and healthy performance, while also creating leaders across communities through sport.


    For more expert-driven articles and materials, visit TrueSport’s comprehensive LEARN resource.

    This content was reproduced in partnership with TrueSport. Any content copied or reproduced without TrueSport and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s express written permission would be in violation of our copyright, and subject to legal recourse. To learn more or request permission to reproduce content, click here.

    Teaser (website): Scheduled for August 5th at 6:30 p.m. MDT

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is excited to announce the third installment of the NWBA Webinar Series, an informational series focused on helping NWBA members build knowledge, skills and abilities on focused topics. Creating resources for NWBA members is critical to helping sustain and grow the sport. Webinar topics were selected based on feedback from membership and will be presented by NWBA individuals who are skilled in those particular areas.

    The next webinar, Season Management: Navigating the NWBA Season, will take place on Wednesday, August 5th at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time. This session will be presented by Brandon McBeain. This segment will focus on how to prepare for an NWBA season, responsibilities for a Team Representative and successfully manage a team thru a NWBA season. Viewers will gain insight on important information on matters of compliance and operations for teams at all levels within the NWBA. Brandon has served in a variety of leadership roles within the NWBA enabling him to be a wealth of knowledge in these areas. (See Bio Below)

    The NWBA Webinar Series will be conducted virtually via GoToMeeting. All interested NWBA members are encouraged to participate in this webinar segment by using the information below:

    2020 NWBA Webinar on Season Management
    Wed, Aug 5, 2020 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (MDT)

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States:
    +1 (646) 749-3122

    Access Code: 550-427-357

    New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:


    Brandon McBeain joined the National Office staff as the Director, Membership Services and Programs, in 2016. McBeain served as the Treasurer and Secretary of the NWBA Junior Division for four years starting in 2012. McBeain is entering his 10th season involved with the NWBA.

    McBeain, originally from Minnesota, found his passion for Paralympic sport working for the Organizing Committee at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic & Paralympic Games.  From 2011-2013 McBeain work for Courage Center administering all aspects of programming for seven wheelchair basketball teams; three wheelchair softball teams; and supervised numerous adaptive sports program camps, events, and tournaments.

    McBeain has spent time working for minor league sports teams, NCAA, Major League Baseball, various sporting events, and sports marketing firms. McBeain has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications: Public Relations from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Masters of Education in Sport Management from Springfield College (MA).


    Olympic Channel Welcomes Wheelchair Basketball

    07/30/2020, 10:30am CDT
    By IWBF

     The Olympic Channel today announced that it has reached agreements with the international governing bodies for teqball and wheelchair basketball to collaborate on content for the International Olympic Committee’s global media platform. The two new cooperation agreements bring the number of the Olympic Channel’s federation partners to 95.

    The International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ), a GAIFS recognised organisation, and International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF), an IPC recognised organisation, join other international sports federations (IFs), recognised federations and organisations, multi-sport organisers and nonrecognised federations worldwide who have previously announced similar agreements with the Olympic Channel.

    “We are excited to welcome teqball and wheelchair basketball to the Olympic Channel’s family of federation partners,” said Mark Parkman, general manager of the IOC’s global Olympic Channel. “Our platform provides promotion for all sports and athletes within the Olympic Movement, and we look forward to working together help grow their reach, engagement and audiences worldwide.”

    IWBF President Ulf Mehrens said, “Wheelchair Basketball has become increasingly more popular for Paralympic audiences over the past few years and we are very excited to embark on this new collaboration with the Olympic Channel which we hope will continue to grow and reach new viewers for the sport.

    “A partnership with a global multi-media platform is a major step forward for the sport and by increasing the visibility of wheelchair basketball we hope to demonstrate the athleticism and dynamism of the game.

    “We look forward to working with the Olympic Channel and hope to be a fantastic addition to their existing content as we shine a light on our sport and its athletes. We must also extend our thanks to FIBA Secretary General, Andreas Zagklis, who initiated the discussions to make this possible.”

    In addition to collaborating on live events, the Olympic Channel actively works with its federation partners to present event coverage, highlights, magazine shows, news coverage and original programming providing an additional platform to distribute content that are complementary to current broadcast and distribution arrangements.

    The Olympic Channel is an over-the-top (OTT) global media destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in 12 languages, and is available worldwide at and on its apps for mobile and on connected TV devices.

    About the Olympic Channel
    The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform global media destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in 12 languages. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone, Toyota and Alibaba. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide at, its mobile apps and on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and the Roku platform.

    Social Media
    For more information, please follow the Olympic Channel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube, or log on to

    About the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)
    The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) is the international governing body responsible for wheelchair basketball. It is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for persons with a disability to play the game of wheelchair basketball. For more information, please visit

    Media Contacts
    Catherine Philbin
    lympic Channel Communications Manager
    catherine.philbin [at]

    Stephanie Gagne IWBF Communications Manager
    stephanie.gagn [at]

    Top Nutrition Tips to Help Heal a Sports Injury

    07/25/2020, 2:00pm CDT
    By NWBA & TrueSport

    Top Nutrition Tips to Help Heal a Sports Injury


    When your athlete is recovering from a sports injury that’s keeping them from taking part in practice and play, proper nutrition becomes more critical than ever. Eating well during this time can speed up healing and a return to play, while overindulging in junk food can actually set recovery back. Here, TrueSport Expert Kristen Ziesmer, a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, explains how to use nutrition to help recover from a sports injury.


    Eating healthy is eating for injury

    The good news is that a generally healthy, whole food-based diet is the primary defense when it comes to healing injuries, says Ziesmer. “Cut down on processed foods and focus on whole foods,” she explains. "Don’t restrict carbohydrates, but opt for whole grain versions versus white flour. Fill up on fruits and vegetables. Make your protein intake slightly higher, but only increase it by around 10 percent. And focus on good sources of fat, including nuts and seeds, avocado, olive oil, and fatty fish like salmon or tuna that contain high amounts of Omega3 fatty acids.” 


    This doesn’t mean your injured athlete can never have potato chips, she adds, but ultra-processed foods should be reduced. “Watch out for how many processed foods your athlete is having. Avoid processed meat like bacon or sausage, and most pre-packaged foods,” she explains. “Those processed and ultra-processed foods can raise the level of inflammation in the body and make it harder for the body to heal."


    Lower sugar intake

    It may be tempting to overindulge your injured athlete with ice cream and treats, but Ziesmer cautions against it. “Limit the amount of sugar that your athlete is having because that also raises the level of inflammation in the body,” she explains. "Plus, it's just excess carbohydrates that the body doesn't need when your athlete is unable to train at the same level as before, so that could turn into excess weight.”


    Be careful here: While research has shown that obesity can lead to a heightened risk of injury when playing sports and it’s important to help your athlete maintain a healthy weight at this time, it's also critical to avoid creating issues around body image that may come from not being able to play their sport. 


    Skip supplements

    Your goal should be to establish a ‘food-first mentality,’ so giving your young athlete a handful of supplements isn’t the best solution to healing an injury—nor is it the most effective. Rather than relying on supplements, look for foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamin D, C, E and A, says Ziesmer. “Taking vitamin C and A or antioxidants in supplement form can actually inhibit muscle recovery because it's too high of a dosage. So, forget about the supplements and eat healthier foods,” she says. "Dark leafy greens and citrus fruits are great. For vitamin D, just make sure your athlete gets outside for 30 minutes each day, ideally in the middle of the day. And if your athlete has a bone or joint injury, some calcium is going to help, so add a little bit more milk or yogurt to their diet." 


    For more information on supplements and the risks, check out the TrueSport Supplement Guide.



    Hydrate properly

    It's easy to forget about hydration when you're not in training mode, but fluids are still critical. “Water is involved in every process that goes on in your body,” Ziesmer explains. “So, it's definitely important to make sure that your athlete is getting more water because that's going to help to carry more nutrients throughout the body, which is critical for healing.” Focus on water, not sports drinks, since your athlete won’t need to replenish glycogen or electrolytes as much during their time on the bench.


    But don’t just think about water: Bone broth is a great way to hydrate while providing vital nutrients to injured athletes. “Gelatin helps any type of injury of tendons or ligaments,” says Ziesmer. “Bone broth is a great way to add that to a diet.” If your athlete isn’t excited about the idea of bone broth, hide it by adding vegetables and noodles to make it a more traditional soup for lunch or dinner. 


    Look on the bright side

    While your athlete is recovering from an injury, this might be the optimal time to help him or her get interested in nutrition and cooking. “Your athlete likely has more free time during recovery,” says Ziesmer. "This can be a great time to help them learn some basic kitchen skills and hone a few healthy recipes.”


    Try to help your athlete see this as an opportunity to focus on all the healthy habits that will keep them at the top of their game after recovery. Outside of the kitchen, this could also include things like getting enough sleep, doing recommended physical therapy exercises, and practicing mental skills like visualization. 



    It might be hard to imagine that nutrition and recovery are connected, but these nutrition tips can make a big impact on your injured athlete’s return to play.



    About TrueSport

    TrueSport®, a movement powered by the experience and values of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, champions the positive values and life lessons learned through youth sport. TrueSport inspires athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators to change the culture of youth sport through active engagement and thoughtful curriculum based on cornerstone lessons of sportsmanship, character-building, and clean and healthy performance, while also creating leaders across communities through sport.


    For more expert-driven articles and materials, visit TrueSport’s comprehensive LEARN resource.

    This content was reproduced in partnership with TrueSport. Any content copied or reproduced without TrueSport and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s express written permission would be in violation of our copyright, and subject to legal recourse. To learn more or request permission to reproduce content, click here.

    Train anytime, anywhere with CAF & NWBA

    07/24/2020, 12:45pm CDT
    By NWBA

    All New – CAF & NWBA Wheelchair Basketball Training Zone

    The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) are excited to announce the launch of the Wheelchair Basketball Training Zone presented by Nike. This comprehensive training program will help athletes of all abilities learn, train and play wheelchair basketball anytime, anywhere.


    The Training Zone features an extensive video library to help individuals work on ball handling skills, on-court skills and improve strength and mobility. It is designed to introduce more athletes with physical disabilities to the sport and help athletes of all abilities improve their skills. CAF & NWBA will also be adding more video content to this library over the coming months.

    We here at the NWBA are proud to be part of this exciting initiative, and hope you can share this content with coaches, friends, and teammates to help grow the sport of wheelchair basketball and get more individuals introduced to the game we love so much.


    The Training Zone launches with instructional videos available for free on CAF's website and CAF's YouTube channel. The videos are also available to the public on the NWBA Page of Team USA’s Mobile Coach, a free web-based application that gives coaches and players access to resources from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. The Mobile Coach App can be downloaded at no charge on Apple or Android devices by searching for “Team USA Mobile Coach”. Once you download the app, you will need to add account and search for “NWBA Mobile Coach” to access the library.

    Check out the videos today and see how CAF and the NWBA are working to ensure playing hoops is available and accessible to everyone.


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