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    April 12-15, 2018 in Louisville, KY


    Early Team Registration opens at 4 p.m. MT on Tuesday, July 17

    The NWBA Membership Week excitement continues with the announcement of a Team Prize Package Giveaway for teams registering during the Early Team Registration session for the 2018-2019 season. The Early Team Registration officially opens on Tuesday, July 17 at 4 p.m. Mountain time.
    You must complete the 2018-19 NWBA Team Registration by Tuesday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m.  MT to be eligible for the Team Prize Package Giveaway. Ten winners will be selected at random. The prize packs that are up for grabs are detailed below.

    Prize Package #1 – Quantity 2

    • Six Molten Basketballs

    Prize Package #2 – Quantity 2

    • Four Molten Basketballs

    Prize Package #3 - Quantity 6

    • Two Molten Basketballs

    To complete Team Registration please visit and click on Team Registration image/button at the top of the page. A SportsEngine account is required to complete all registrations with the NWBA. If you already have a SportsEngine account, click here to learn how to login . If you have forgotten your password to your SportsEngine account, click here to reset your password . If you need to create a SportsEngine account, click here to create a SportsEngine account.

    Early Team Registration closes on Thursday, August 30 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time. Open team registration will then be available starting on Friday, August 31.

    Once registration has opened teams can complete an entry for the 2018-19 NWBA Team Registration by visiting the following link:


    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - This is the official kick-off to the 2018-19 National Wheelchair Basketball Association Membership Week,  set for July 16 - 20. The NWBA will be communicating across multiple communication channels (; NWBA social networks; NWBA email) to best inform our members and those interested in wheelchair basketball the processes necessary to become a member of the NWBA in preparation of the 2018-19 season.

    During the NWBA Board of Director’s Annual Meeting on June 15th, the board established a new multi-year membership dues structure through the 2023-24 NWBA season. The 2018-19 NWBA season will be the first year of this multi-year membership dues structure. After a complete analysis of the NWBA’s financial state, the NWBA Board of Directors approved this dues structure that sustains the overall health of the NWBA. The following is a summary of the news announcement shared with NWBA membership on June 16, click here to view the original article.

    The dues structure provides NWBA teams an opportunity to plan its registration fees process locally for the foreseeable future. The Board of Directors’ focus was to contain increases for athletes where possible, in particular the Junior Division.

    The NWBA fees for non-athletes is increased from the prior year, and the fee primarily covers the expense for background checks. It has not been a secret that the NWBA as an organization has been operating at a loss for several years. Reducing costs while increasing and diversifying revenue sources has been a priority of the new leadership for several years and has reduced the current operating deficit. That reduction, however, has not been sufficient.

    “The deficit in not entirely on the backs of the membership, the Board is committed to continuing to cutting costs and seeing new avenues of sponsorship and individual donors,” said Sarah Castle, NWBA President. “The increase in revenue will provide the organization more opportunities in long-term planning and will provide more programmatic and grassroots support to the organization including players, coaches and officials’ training.”

    The percentage of the budget reliant on membership fees is still well below the industry standard that other National Governing Bodies have.

    Below is a table on the long-term NWBA Membership Dues Structure:

    GALLERY: U.S. Women's Team at the International Friendlies

    07/04/2018, 2:45pm CDT
    By Bryan Marseille


    The U.S. Women’s team got their first win of the International Friendly Games today on the final day of competition, defeating Australia 66-53.

    They got into their sets early and often. The defense moved on a string. The team’s chemistry look like it skyrocketed overnight.

    According to Head Coach Trooper Johnson, it kind of did.

    “There was moment in last night’s game when the team just clicked,” Johnson said. "They knew where each other would be on offense, stopped worrying about making mistakes and just started playing."

    Rose Hollermann got help on the offensive end from her University of Texas-Arlington teammates Morgan Wood and Abby Dunkin. Hollermann knows she can score a ton of points -- she did for most of the week.  But Hollermann believes the team is better when everybody eats.

    “That's the only way for a team to be successful,” Hollerman said. “It’s so important for [Lindsey Zurbrugg} to hit the shots that she did, for Abby to hit those middle shots. For Mo and I to get our two-man game going. Those are more important the points I put up.”

    They didn’t play perfect all day. The team still struggled with defense and turnovers in their final game against the Netherlands. But these loses are just growing pains for a team with their sights set on more than just the World Championships in August.

    “It’s a process,” Abby Dunkin said. “As long we take what we learn from Worlds and carry that over to Tokyo, I really think we can be back at the podium with gold.”

    US defeats AUS, 66-53

    • Abby Dunkin split ball-handling duties with Rose Hollermann to help break the Aussie full-court press. The “Texas Big 3” of Hollermann, Dunkin and Morgan Wood combined for 54 of the 66 points for U.S.

    • A more physical effort on the defensive end for the U.S. forced Australia's Amber Merritt to shoot from outside the paint. After a slow start, Merritt finished the game with 24 points.

    NED defeats AUS, 63-49

    • This was a tough match-up between two defensive-minded ball clubs. Australia tried its best to defend the paint, but there only so much you can do against Bo Kramer  (23 points) and Mariska Beijer (20).

    • The Netherland defense shut down Amber Merritt, who was held to only 13 points.

    NED defeats US,  71-57

    • Mariska Beijer asserted her dominance early, scoring 24 of her game-high 34 points in the first quarter. Nearly every bucket she made was over the outstretched hands of a U.S. defender.

    • The U.S. experimented with a few different lineups in the final game of the tournament, as every player on the roster saw court time. Rose Hollermann was still the center of the offense, scoring a team-high 24 points.


    United States

    • Rose Hollermann has shown the ability to do-it-all while Abby Dunkin works and recovers to get back to 100% health. With Morgan Wood in the mix, the “Texas Big 3”  will be a scary sight for opponents.

    • The team showed their potential as the tournament progressed; new additions like long-range sniper Lindsey Zurbrugg and the aforementioned Wood showed flashes of brilliance through the week.


    • An electric, fun team who serves up a suffocating full-court press. They have a lot of size, a deep bench, and will be a tough out in the IWBF World Championships.

    • Their star, Amber Merritt, plays like an Australian box jellyfish -- long, graceful and deadly. Cobi Crispin is a level-headed floor general who always seems to find cracks in the opposing defense.

    The Netherlands

    • The Dutch have arguably the best duo in the world with the bruiser Mariska Beijer and sweet-shooting Bo Kramer. Those two pose a bevy of problems to opposing defenses and offenses.

    • Coach Gertjan van der Linden’s formidable defensive scheme and grinding offensive style wears teams down. Van der Linden is a wizard; his halftime adjustments often opened up double digits leads in the third quarter.

    The U.S. women’s team will travel to Amsrerdam for the 2018 Dutch Battle at the Sport and Event Complex Merwestein. The Dutch Battle will feature The Netherlands (men/women), Great Britain (women), Germany (men/women), Turkey (men), Spain (men) and USA (women) . The games will start August 1 and end August 5. After that tournament, the ladies will travel to the World Championship.

    The IWBF World Championships are set for Hamburg, Germany, August 16-26, at the Edel-Optics Arena. The tournament will feature 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

    Abby Dunkin got her first start of the week. The gold-medal Paralympian was coming off the bench, easing herself back into action after missing 2 months because of a spinal leak. She showed  that when she's feeling healthy, she can be one of the best players in the world.

    After a shaky start through three games (6.3 ppg, 8-of-22 shooting / 36.3%),  Dunkin looked like her usual self in a tight game against the Netherlands. Dunkin paced the team offense early, and hit clutch buckets en route to 14 points on 6-10 shooting,

    Even with Dunkin’s effort, the U.S. Women suffered another heartbreaking loss and dropped it’s fourth game in a row. Chemistry issues are expected when trying to make a new, young team mesh. Turnovers, lack of communication and missed rotations defines the team struggling to find its identity. Young as the U.S. is, they’ll have five weeks to get it together before they head to Europe for the Dutch Battle and World Championships.

    The Netherlands machine moved like clockwork with their cornerstone Mariska Beijer back at full health. Beijer bullied the U.S. team with 27 point and 11 boards, bruising her way to the paint with ease. Australia took their first loss of the week against the Netherlands, even with Amber Merritt’s game-high 23 point effort.

    Here are the highlights from each matchup on Day 3:

    NED defeats US, 69-54

    • The U.S. missed a lot of easy, makeable shots. Even after running their sets and getting into the paint, the team struggled to convert good looks.

    • The Netherland’s two-headed monster of Mariska Beijer and Bo Kramer dominated with a combined 53 points and 23 rebounds.

    • Rose Hollermann tried mightily to carry her team with 18 point and 8 rebounds, but the unit struggled on offense and defense.

    AUS defeat US, 63-61

    • Hollermann looked Herculean most of the week, but finally appeared human with a rough 10 point (3-of-10), 10 rebound, 6 turnover game. Her teammates found a rhythm and picked up the scoring load, with hot-shooting from Morgan Wood (18 points, 9-of-13) and Lindsey Zurbrugg (19 points, 8-of-11).

    • The U.S. struggled against the press again, turning the ball over 18 times. This includes one with 4 seconds left, when they had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead.

    NED defeat AUS, 54-46

    • After missing the first matchup in her team’s loss to Australia, Mariska Beijer showed how much of an impact she can makes. She finished with a team-high 15 points, and defended the rim like fortress.


    • Australia’s press looked formidable in a back-and-forth first half. Netherlands coach Gertjan van der Linden, however, solved the puzzle in the third quarter -- play defense so suffocating that they can't get into the press.

    • Australia’s Amber Merritt struggled with foul trouble throughout the contest, but inspired a late comeback effort that fell short. Merritt finished with a game-high 23 points

    The Junior Division Executive Committee is excited to announce the appointment of Neil Clements as the new Midwest Conference Commissioner.  Neil replaces Paula Reiter who has served in the position since 2015.  

    Neil became involved in wheelchair basketball when his son Daniel started to play for the RHI Racers in prep competition.  Neil has coached on both the prep and varsity level as Daniel has progressed through his Junior Division career.  

    Neil and his fellow RHI coach and parent, Doug Stotts provided members of the Junior Division Executive Committee with feedback that eventually led to the formation of the Junior Division Rankings Committee.

    The Junior Division Executive Committee would like to thank Paula Reiter for her years of service to the Midwest Conference, Rockford Junior Chariots and the NWBA as a whole.

    They would also like to thank Neil Clements for stepping up to became the Conference Commissioner of the Junior Division’s largest conference.  He is committed to helping out the teams of the Midwest Conference and improving communication.

    Gruss, Wood Named Captians of U.S. Women's Team

    06/28/2018, 8:45am CDT
    By NWBA

    Shelby Gruss and Morgan Wood will serve as captains of the U.S. Women's World Championship wheelchair basketball team for the first time in their careers.

    The captains were announced Wednesday just prior to the start of the 2018 U.S. Women’s International Friendly at the Olympic Training Center. Wood and Gruss will remain captains for the rest of the year, heading into the 2018 IWBF World Championships in August.

    The players and coaches each gave their input in selecting the captains. Even on a team featuring two gold-medal Paralympians, head coach Trooper Johnson said the duo has been working hard and that difference set them apart. “We looked at people who were buying into the system and set a great example,” Johnson said. “They’re going to be amazing leaders, and are ready to put their stamp on the team.”

    Gruss at 24 years-old and Wood, 26, are the oldest members of the squad. This year’s women’s team features one the youngest rosters ever, with an average age of 18.5 years old. Johnson said he believes age and maturity go hand in hand, but choosing the oldest players just happened by coincidence. It’s their work ethic in helping their teammates develop that stands out. “They make sure everyone is moving along -- especially the younger team members,” Johnson said. “Obviously their maturity plays a role in that.”

    Gruss of Ossian, Indiana was selected to the U.S. Women’s National Team back in February of 2017. The University of Illinois star joined the team after a three-day selection camp.

    Wood, from Gordonsville, Tennessee, made the national team the same year as Gruss. She helped the University of Texas at Arlington Lady Movin’ Mavs win three straight NWBA Intercollegiate National Championships (2016-2018) with current U.S. teammates Rose Hollermann of Elysian, Minnesota, and Abby Dunkin of New Braunfels, Texas.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - With less than left two seconds on the clock in the U.S. Women National Team’s opening game against the Netherlands, Lindsey Zurbrugg caught the ball, turned at the three-point line and lofted a soft jumpshot toward the basket.

    As the final buzzer sounded, the ball fell to the right of the rim — and with it the U.S. Women’s hopes of completing a ferocious second-half comeback.

    The United States ended Day 1 of the 2018 International Friendly Games winless (0-2). The host country struggled to find a rhythm all day, with turnovers and missed layups defining their play for most of the day. Australia (2-0) asserted its dominance over the field early, defeating the U.S. and Netherlands’ teams by average of 20 points. The Netherlands (1-1) was a bit out of sync in the first game before holding on in a nail-biter  against the U.S.

    Here are the highlights from each matchup on Day 1:

    AUS beats NED, 46-27

    • Early start effected both teams, who’d flew into Colorado Springs only two days ago. Sloppy and sluggish play dictated the action for both teams in the first half.

    • Australia pulled away in the third quarter, when they opted to show flashes of their full-court press.

    • Netherlands played without star Mariska Beijer, who hurt her back in a scrimmage yesterday. Her status is day-to-day.

    NED beats US, 70-68 OT

    • After a tightly contested first half, Netherlands came out poised coming out the halftime break, outscoring the U.S. 20-10 in the third quarter. The U.S.’s inexperience showed at times, finishing with the game with 13 turnovers compared to only 3 for the Netherlands.

    • Morgan Wood scored 8 straight points to start the 4th quarter, capped off by a Lindsey Zurbrugg four-point play to complete the comeback having been down 14 coming into the 4th. Wood finished with 19 points (8-of-14 shooting) and Zurbrugg finished with 15 (6-of-15).

    • Mariska Beijer played, scoring 8 points in limited minutes. She didn’t have to do much since Bo Kramer was the hot shooter of the night having a game-high 29 points (11-of-24 shooting).

    AUS beat US 62-43

    • Australia came out in a press that left U.S. flustered in the first quarter. Attempts to pass out of the pressure led to most of the U.S.’s 21 turnovers.

    • Amber Merritt ate the U.S. alive in the paint, finishing with 28 points. She used her remarkable wingspan to snatch errant passes (3 steals), snag rebounds (8 rebounds), and shoot over every defender in her way (13-of-28 shooting).

    • Australia frequently double-teamed Rose Hollermann, and the rest of the U.S. squad struggled to find their mojo offensively. Hollerman salvaged her poor offensive night (16 points on 7-of-23 shooting, 7 turnovers) with a strong performance on the glass (13 rebounds).

    Day 2 of the Friendly games starts at 8 a.m. Mountain time, with the U.S. against the Netherlands.

    “These are building blocks, and we’re excited.”

    “To finally play against other teams, it’s exciting”

    “I’m a little anxious, and excited. Very excited.”

    The excitement permeates this United States Women’s National Team, as they prepare to play competitively as a unit for the first time since selection camp in January. They’ll test those newly formed bonds quickly, as they host the International Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Friendly Camp & Games from June 27-29 at Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    The competition will feature national teams from Australia and the Netherlands, who will all use these games as preparation for the IWBF World Championships in August in Hamburg, Germany.

    While the U.S. Women won gold at the  2016 Rio Paralympics, this pool of teams features a higher level of parity than usual. The U.S. Women have only two members of the 2016 Rio Paralympic team on this year’s roster. According to head coach Trooper Johnson, the teams will have to experiment with lineups as new players learn to fit-in to their new roles.


    • United States

      • Rose Hollermann played a major role for the U.S. when the team won gold in Rio; the 22 year-old is now one of the elder statesman tasked with helping a new, younger group mesh. The only other 2016 Rio Paralympic holdover is Abigail Dunkin, ready to reunite with Hollermann and Morgan Wood, her teammates at University of Texas at Arlington.

    • Netherlands

      • The Dutch won the Osaka Cup in Japan last year, thanks in large part to tournament MVP Mariska Beijer. The Dutch actually entered the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games as favorites to win gold, thanks to Beijer, who averaged 19 points per game during the tournament. Beijer and her squad ended up going home with a bronze medal after a loss to their German rival in the semi-finals.

    • Australia

      • Team Australia just wrapped up a series of friendly games in Japan, going 0-5 without their main pieces Cobi Crispin, Amber Merritt, Leanne Del Toso and Clare Nott. A bright spot shined in the form of Annabelle Linsey, who had a few 20+ point performances in her teammates’ absence. Keep an eye on whether those games were just a flash in the pan, or the breakout of a new impact player for the Gliders.

    The exhibitions open up Wednesday, June 27, with Australia vs the Netherlands at 8 a.m. MT. The United States team tips off against The Netherlands at 2:00 p.m. MST. Each team plays two games a day, with morning matches starting at 8:00 a.m., afternoon games at 2:00 p.m., and evening games at 7:00 p.m. (all times MST).

    Streams of each game will run on the official NWBA Facebook page.

    The IWBF  World Championships are set for Hamburg, Germany, August 16-26, at the Edel-Optics Arena. The tournament will feature 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.





    • 7:00 PM - USA VS AUSTRALIA



    • 2:00 PM - USA VS AUSTRALIA



    • 8:00 AM - USA VS AUSTRALIA




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