The Junior Division Executive Committee is pleased to announce two new appointments. With Lisa Elliston recently elected to a three year term as Junior Division President, David Elbert has been appointed to serve the remaining year of her term as 1st Vice President. We’re also excited that Adam Lindsay has accepted an appointment to replace Dave and serve out the last year of the term as Division Secretary.
The appointees have years of service to the junior athletes. Adam’s son Marshall recently completed his College Division career at the University of Missouri, while Adam continues to coach the Utah Rush. Adam’s appointment also means that all regions of the country will be represented on the Executive Committee for the first time in recent history. Dave’s daughter Ruby is entering her first year at the University of Illinois, while Dave continues to assist coaching at the Bennett Blazers program in Baltimore and serve on the Junior Division Executive Committee.
Thank you to all the people that care about the Junior Division. We're looking forward to a great 2019-2020 season!
- Mike Bauler
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The NWBA and the Junior Division Executive Committee are excited to announce the postseason timeline and qualification process for the national tournaments for the Junior Division as part of the 2020 Toyota National Championship Series. The Toyota National Varsity, Varsity Invitational and Prep Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments will be held March 13-15 in Wichita, Kansas.
The top 16 ranked teams for Varsity level of play in the Junior Division will earn an invite to compete in the 2020 Toyota Varsity Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Varsity teams ranked 17-32 will receive an invite to participate in the 2020 Toyota Varsity Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. The top 16 ranked teams from Prep are initially offered an invitation to participate in the 2020 Toyota Prep Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. If a team does not accept its bid for postseason play, invitations will be sent to the next team, in order of ranking, until all Junior Division tournaments are filled.
Per the Junior Division Guidelines, Article V. Section 5.02 to be eligible for a national tournament, a team must be in good standing with the NWBA, and:
1. Play a minimum of TEN (10) games for Varsity and EIGHT (8) games for Prep
2. Each Varsity and Prep team must compete in their Conference Championship.
3. All minimum game requirements must be completed at least four weeks prior to the beginning of the national tournament.
Varsity teams may receive an automatic bid and qualify to receive an invite to a national tournament by results from a Conference Championships and/or Regional Qualifying Tournaments. One automatic bid will be provided for Conference Championships. Regional Qualifying Tournaments will receive qualifying bids per the following criteria:
-Five (5) Teams or less = 1 Bid
-Six (6) Teams or more = 2 bids
The 2019-20 Junior Division Regional Qualifying Tournaments are not confirmed for this season. Please visit the Calendar on the NWBA website for more information on Junior Division Regional Qualifying Tournaments when available.
Varsity teams that receive an automatic bid will be placed in the Toyota Varsity Wheelchair Basketball Tournament or Toyota Varsity Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament based on their FINAL rankings of the season. Thus, an automatic bid guarantees an invite to one of the two national tournaments mentioned above.
The following is the 2019-20 postseason timeline for the Junior Division teams and national tournaments.
- January 28th Postseason Application Available
- February 16th Last qualifiers and conference championships
- February 17th Postseason Application Due
- February 20th Invites sent to Junior Division teams based on Final Rankings
- February 21st Last Day to Accept Bids (24 hours from invitation receipt)
- March 1st Last Day Games Will Be Considered into Seeds for Nationals
- March 3rd Announce Seeds for Nationals
- March 13-15 Toyota National Varsity/Varsity Invitational/Prep Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments
More information for national tournaments will be provided when available and posted on the tournament webpage at www.nwba.org/nationals.
LIMA, PERU – The U.S. Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Teams will compete in the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, slated for competition August 23- 31. Both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s teams won gold at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada.
Both U.S. teams are looking to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to defend their gold medals captured by the U.S. Women and Men at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. The U.S. Women’s team has to place in the top two teams and the U.S. Men’s team has to place in the top three teams at the Parapan American Games in order to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
The U.S. Men’s team will first play against Puerto Rico on Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 a.m. Central time. The U.S. Women’s team will play their first game against Chile also on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. Central time. The rest of Team USA's pool play games are scheduled as follows:
*All times listed are Central time
- August 25th at 6:30 p.m.: USA Men vs. Peru
- August 26th at 12:30 p.m.: USA Men vs. Brazil
- August 26th at 4:15 p.m.: USA Women vs. Peru
- August 27th at 10:15 a.m.: USA Women vs. Brazil
For the complete 2019 Parapan American Games wheelchair basketball game schedule, click here.
- Click here to view the men’s team roster
- Click here to view the women’s team roster
Click here to view the 2019 U.S. Men’s and Women’s Parapan American Games Media Guide
Where to Watch
Follow all the latest activity on and off the court with looks behind the scenes, player features, and lots more wheelchair basketball news coming from Lima, through all the NWBA media and social media channels. Along with: U.S. Paralympics, Lima2019, and IWBF social media channels.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO - The NWBA is excited to announce the winners of the Team Prize Package Giveaway for Team Registration for the 2019-2020 season! Team Registration opened on Monday, July 15 at 4 p.m. Mountain time and will be open until September 10.
To be eligible for the Team Prize Package Giveaway, teams must have been registered by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 15. Ten teams were selected at random to receive a Team Prize Package Giveaway.
Prize Package #1 – Quantity 2
Prize Package #2 – Quantity 2
Prize Package #3 - Quantity 6
Thank you to all teams that have registered to date for the 2019-20 NWBA season. Congratulations to the following teams that won a Team Prize Package:
Prize Pack #1: Charlotte Rollin Hornets - DIII
Prize Pack #1: Ability 360 Wheelchair Suns - DIII
Prize Pack #2: PossAbilities Rolling Bears - DII
Prize Pack #2: Brooklyn Nets - DIII
Prize Pack #3: Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks - DI
Prize Pack #3: RHI Racers - Junior (Varsity)
Prize Pack #3: Mad City Badgers - Junior (Varsity)
Prize Pack #3: Coastal Chairmen - DIII
Prize Pack #3: OKC Wheels of Thunder - Junior (Varsity)
Prize Pack #3: Lakeshore Lakers - Junior (Varsity)
The NWBA will be mailing each team their Team Prize Package.
Team Registration closes on Tuesday, September 10 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time. Late Team Registration will then be available starting on Wednesday, September 11. Please visit this link to learn more about team registration: http://www.nwba.org/teamregistration.
For questions please contact Brandon McBeain, Director of Membership Services and Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 266-4082 ext. 108.
Register between August 15-30 to be eligible to win
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is excited to announce the Individual Prize Package Giveaway for individuals registering from August 15-30. All individuals who register between 4 p.m. Mountain time on Thursday, August 15 and 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 30 are eligible for the drawing.
You must complete an entry for the 2019-20 NWBA Individual Registration, which includes Junior Athlete, Adult Athlete and Non-Athlete Registrations. Winners will be selected at random. Number of winners will be determined by number of entries received. The prize packages will include Spinergy wheels, Molten basketballs, and NWBA apparel.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The NWBA continues to put significant emphasis on athlete safety and ensuring appropriate procedures and certification trainings are in place for the 2019-20 NWBA season. The NWBA is dedicated to taking measures to ensure the safety of all athletes, particularly our youth. The following are educational resources for our members, designed to ensure a safe environment for our athletes while they are competing and having fun.
In partnership with the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) and SportsEngine, background checks are fully integrated into the Non-Athlete Registration session. All Non-Athlete members of the NWBA must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check. This is because they may interact directly, regardless of frequency, with young athletes as a regular part of their duties. All background checks must be completed through National Center for Safety Initiatives. No other form of background checks will be accepted. For more information on background checks visit https://www.nwba.org/backgroundcheck.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is designated by Congress through the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 to serve as the independent national safe sport organization, with the responsibility for developing policies and procedures to prevent the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of amateur athletes.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport has updated the SafeSport Code and Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) on April 15, 2019. The new Code and MAAPP make the following individuals subject to the mandatory training requirements and jurisdiction of the outlined Code and MAAPP:
The SafeSport Course "core" requirement is valid for one (1) year after completing it. In subsequent years, users must take a Refresher Course. In the first year after completing the “core” requirement, users will take Refresher 1. In the second-year users will take Refresher 2. A new refresher course will be rolled out each year and follow this pattern. Upon logging into SafeSport to complete training, you will be prompted on the course offering you should complete. Members are encouraged to allot ample time and put forth their undivided attention when completing a SafeSport training course.
The NWBA requires uploading the master “SafeSport Trained” certificate, Refresher 1 certificate or Refresher 2 certificate to your entry for Individual Registration. All SafeSport certificates are accessible from your SafeSport dashboard. You may edit your Individual Registration to include this certificate at any time. Please note, you must complete your Safesport certification prior to participating in NWBA activities (e.g. practice, team building, games, etc.), whether you interact with youth regularly or not. Please click here to learn how to edit a registration entry.
Please review the resource materials including the Code, MAAPP and other information provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport at https://www.nwba.org/safesport. There is no more important asset than our Membership.
All head coaches are required to complete the NWBA Level I Coach Certification; assistant coaches are strongly encouraged to complete Level 1, as well. Please visit https://www.nwba.org/coachcertification to review the training presentation slides and access the test. Please complete the multiple choice test regarding the various topics presented in the presentations. This is an open book test; please reference the presentations if necessary. Certificates are valid for two years from the date of completion. This program was made possible through a generous grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.
Team Classification Reviewer
The team reviewer manages and administers the initial proposal and approval of player classifications for teams. A team reviewer can be any registered member of your team; there is no limit to how many team reviewers in your program that may be certified. All teams for all divisions of play must have at least one person certified as a Team Reviewer, except Prep teams in the Junior Division. There is no cost to become a Team Reviewer. Certificates are valid for two years from the date of completion. The Team Classification Reviewer Course is NOT available at this time but will be available soon and shared with all registered Team Reviewers and Team Representatives with entry on file for the Non-Athlete Registration. Thank you for your patience. For more information on Team Classification Reviewer please visit https://www.nwba.org/teamreviewer.
The Officials Exam is NOT available at this time, but will be available soon and shared with all registered Floor Officials with entry on file for the Non-Athlete Registration. Thank you for your patience.
The NWBA understands the severity of concussions, and is dedicated to preventing them within our organization. We have utilized the practices of the ‘HEADS UP’ Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help educate our members on the prevention of concussions, and what to do in the case of suspected concussions. All members while registering as an Athlete and/or Non-Athlete will be required to acknowledge that this concussion information has been provided to them. For more information on concussion safety visit https://www.nwba.org/concussionsafety.
All individuals must have a verified and complete NWBA Athlete and/or Non-Athlete Registration 10 days prior to their first competition at a NWBA sanctioned event. All individuals registering within 10 days of an NWBA sanctioned event may NOT be eligible to participate. The results of a competition in which an unregistered Member(s) competes will not count towards Nationals. A Complete Non-Athlete Registration includes the successful completion of the following certifications: Background Check, Safe Sport Certification, Coaches Certification (if applicable), Officials Certification (if applicable), Team Reviewer Certification (if applicable).
For any questions, please contact Brandon McBeain at, email@example.com or (719) 266-4082 ext. 108.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The NWBA is excited to launch the individual Membership and Registration process for the 2019 / 2020 Season. As previously announced, fees for this season will remain unchanged. Individuals can become a member for the first time or renew their membership with the NWBA. For the 2019-20 season, the NWBA will be utilizing the same membership platform, SportsEngine, which assists with team/league management tools and data analysis.
Individual Registration for Athletes and Non-Athletes opens at 4 p.m. Mountain time on Thursday, August 15. Individual Registration will be open until 11:59 p.m. Mountain time on Wednesday, September 25. At the end of the registration process, to be a member in good standing, you will have completed each of the following:
You will be asked for a variety of information during your registration.
The registration fee for athletes for the 2019-20 NWBA season will be:
For individuals registered on multiple teams, you will only be required to register and pay one time.
NEW: *All athletes 18 years of age or older will be required to successfully pass SafeSport, which includes:
Individual Registration dates are the same for Non-Athletes, which are individuals who serve in the following roles: Coach; Official; Classifier; Team Representative; Statistician; Athletic Trainer; Team Classification Reviewer; Equipment Manager; Administrator; Divisional and Conference Leadership; Board Directors; and Event Director. Only one entry for Non-Athlete Registration is required for individuals serving in various roles.
You will be asked for a variety of information during your registration, which you can access by clicking here. The registration fee for Non-Athletes for the 2019-20 NWBA season will be $50:
Non-Athletes, in order to ensure the safety of our Athletes, are required to successfully pass a Background check, which is integrated into the registration process.
All Non-Athletes are required to successfully pass SafeSport, which includes:
All individuals must have a verified NWBA Athlete and/or Non-Athlete Registration 10 days prior to their first competition at a NWBA sanctioned event. All individuals registering within 10 days of an NWBA sanctioned event may NOT be eligible to participate. We highly encourage you to register as soon as possible to avoid issues later in the season. Make sure your games count towards Nationals.
More information will be provided when available regarding the process of obtaining and updating certifications with the NWBA.
If you have questions please contact Brandon McBeain, Director of Membership Services and Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 266-4082 ext 108.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association Board of Directors is excited to announce the dates and location for the Women’s Division event for the 2020 Toyota National Championship Series. The National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will be held on March 27-29 in Phoenix, Arizona. Competition will start on the morning of Friday, March 27 and conclude with the championship game on Sunday, March 29.
The event will be hosted at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities. Ability360 is a 45,000-square-foot universally-designed (accessible) facility that includes two basketball courts. Ability360 has hosted a number of NWBA sanctioned events and various other events for adaptive sports at a local, regional and national levels. Ability360 has a strong commitment to making the National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Tournament a success for the players, spectators, sponsors and the community.
Nick Pryor, Local Organizing Committee Tournament Director & Ability360 Program Coordinator, expressed his excitement to host a national tournament for the NWBA, “We are extremely honored and thrilled for the opportunity to host the 2020 Toyota Women’s National Tournament in Phoenix.” Pryor continued to state, “I’ve had the privilege of directing our wheelchair basketball tournaments for a few years now and it has always been a goal of ours to host a national tournament, and now we have that opportunity with the NWBA Women’s Division. At Ability360 we strive to facilitate not just great tournaments, but an overall great experience for everyone involved.”
Darlene Hunter, Chair of the Women’s Division, shared her pleasure of awarding the bid to Ability360 and The City of Phoenix, “We are really excited to go back to Phoenix. Ability360 always does a great job of hosting wheelchair basketball events for various NWBA Divisions, and Phoenix has a lot to offer, including great weather in March. We appreciate the Ability360 Team hosting our National Tournament and look forward to working on it with them to give our Women’s Division and fans another great experience!”
The Ability360 facility opened in October of 2011. Ability360 facility amenities also include a rock climbing wall, indoor track, aquatic center, therapy pool and spa, accessible locker and dressing rooms and showers, and a spacious fitness center with accessible equipment and group fitness room. Ability360 was designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community. It provides exceptional adaptive sports, recreation, aquatic, and fitness programs that promote the independence, health, and overall well-being of people with disabilities and their family members.
The Valley Metro Rail will provide more accessible transportation options for tournament participants and spectators. The rail will allow those traveling to Phoenix for the event to choose an airport and/or hotel on the rail line. The LOC will provide preferred or host hotel accommodations, along with other key information that the NWBA will develop into a Fact Sheet. All updates will be published on the NWBA website at www.nwba.org and distributed to NWBA registered members.
About the NWBA
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is the recognized National Organization for Wheelchair Basketball by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation and the High Performance Management Organization by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. The NWBA trains and selects teams for participation in the Paralympic Games, World Championships, and other international competitions. The NWBA was founded in 1948, and today consists of seven divisions including: Adult Division (I, II and III), Women's Division, Intercollegiate Men's Division, Intercollegiate Women's Division and Junior Division. For more information, visit: www.nwba.org.