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    Winners Chosen for Team Prize Pack Giveaway!

    08/16/2019, 11:30am CDT
    By NWBA Team

    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

    • Six Molten Basketballs
    • Pair of Spinergy Wheels

    Prize Package #2 – Quantity 2

    • Four Molten Basketballs

    Prize Package #3 - Quantity 6

    • Two Molten Basketballs

    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 
    brandonmcbeain@nwba.org or (719) 266-4082 ext. 108.

    2019-20 Individual Registration Prize Package Giveaway

    08/15/2019, 5:30pm CDT
    By NWBA Team

    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.

    Background Check
    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.

    SafeSport
    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:

    • All members of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association that are 18 years or older
      • Individuals that are 17 years old must complete the U.S Center for SafeSport training, with parental consent, no later than their 18th birthday

    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.

    Coach Certification
    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.

    Floor Officials
    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.


    Concussion Safety
    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,
    brandonmcbeain@nwba.org or (719) 266-4082 ext. 108.

    2019-20 NWBA Individual Membership & Registration Process

    08/15/2019, 3:00pm CDT
    By NWBA Team

    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:

    • Establish, or sign into existing, SportsEngine Account (same as last year)
    • Establish or renew your NWBA Membership
    • Complete 2019 / 2020 Registration Process

    ATHLETE REGISTRATION

    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:

    • $25 for Junior Members
    • $30 for Adult Members
    • *Late fee of $10 will be included for those who register after September 25th

    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:

    • Visit http://www.nwba.org/safesport to complete
    • Valid for one year from the date of completion
    • Complete no later than September 30 or within 45 days of registering
       

    NON-ATHLETE REGISTRATION

    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:

    • $30 for Adult Membership
    • $20 additional Non-Athlete fee
    • *Late fee of $10 will be included for those who register after September 25th

    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:

    • Visit http://www.nwba.org/safesport to complete
    • Valid for one year from the date of completion
    • Complete no later than September 30 or within 45 days of registering

    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 brandonmcbeain@nwba.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.

     

     

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Event Sanction Application is now available for those interested in hosting an NWBA sanctioned event for the 2019 / 2020 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:

    • Has SafeSport certified individuals for the security of our members
    • Has insurance coverage, which supports participants in case of injury
    • Counts towards post-season rankings (if the event includes games)
      • Teams must be registered with the NWBA
      • Athletes must be registered with the NWBA
      • We want your games to count
    • Is communicated to our Membership
    • Has scores published online after the event

    As discussed at the Annual Assembly on August 3, the Board of Directors has reduced the fee that was announced last year by 50%. The 2019 / 2020 event sanction fee is $25 per event application. This reduced fee will offset a portion of the costs associated with providing Membership insurance coverage, while the NWBA will still absorb a majority of the costs. Insurance costs for the Association were increased by 25% this season. 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.

     

    AKRON, OHIO – The NWBA Members have elected Tim Fox as President of the NWBA during the 2019 NWBA Annual Assembly on Saturday, August 3. The President of the NWBA Board of Directors serves a four-year term.

    Immediately following the Annual Assembly, the Board of Directors elected the other Officer positions of Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. These Officers are elected to two-year terms. Newly appointed members of the Board of Directors, Ryan Martin and Mike Godsey were elected into the roles of Vice President and Treasurer. Bruce Fischbach was elected as the Secretary.

    Fox stated, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in the role of President for NWBA members. Over the past 12 years, I have found a true passion in supporting the NWBA in a variety of leadership capacities. I am excited to start in this new role for the organization and continue the advancement of the sport of wheelchair basketball and the NWBA Mission.”

    Tim Fox takes over the role of President previously filled by Sarah Castle. In 1999, Tim Fox began working in a Non-Profit Organization with youth and adults with varying degrees of intellectual or physical disabilities. With a background in coaching basketball collegiately, Fox was offered the opportunity to coach the Adult Division Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers in 2007.  Since that time, he has been involved with the NWBA as a coach. In a very short time, Fox learned the value of the Association, its mission, and its members leading him to become more involved on a national level.

    In 2016, the Board of Directors selected Fox to fill the position vacated by longtime board member and friend of the Association, Pat McCoy.  Fox immediately wanted to make a difference with the membership and took on the role of NWBT Tournament Operations Director in Louisville in 2017 & 2018.  At the Annual Meeting in 2017, he was officially elected by the Delegates to a four-year term and elected by the Board Members to serve in the Office of Secretary.  In the summer of 2018, Fox took on the responsibility to chair an Audit Committee to navigate the challenging circumstances the Association faced. He was part of the team that successfully hosted the Adult Division I and II 2019 Toyota National Championships that were hosted in Northeast Ohio.

    Ryan Martin, a beneficiary of the sport of wheelchair basketball, has been in the business of giving back to the sport for over 10 years. He started the Ryan Martin Foundation, which is a global non-profit organization that provides wheelchair basketball opportunities in the USA and Spain (where Martin played professionally for several years). Ryan has built a capability for establishing partnerships that allow him to create compelling programs, while helping businesses achieve their return on investment. He recently announced the creation of a wheelchair basketball program at City University of New York, where he began as an advisor and is now taking on the role as Head Coach.
     

    Mike Godsey has been a Chief Financial Officer of multiple organizations that required him to have both technical accounting and financial analysis capabilities. In the area of adaptive sport, Mike has been involved in this space for nearly 20 years. A highlight of Mike’s work is that he directs wheelchair basketball programming for Abilities Unlimited of the Carolinas, which now provides opportunity for 6 wheelchair basketball teams. He has been a role model in the sport to the many athletes he supports, and a benchmark as it relates to how to run an effective program.
     

    Fischbach, formerly NWBA Vice President, has also contributed to the NWBA as a tournament director and junior conference commissioner. Currently, he is employed as the assistant athletic director for sports medicine at the University of South Dakota. He has also served the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a wish granter and regional ambassador. Fischbach has served as president, vice president and secretary/treasurer for the South Dakota Athletic Trainer’s Association and has been on the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association’s board of directors. Fischbach is a United States Sports Academy alumnus with a master’s degree in sport science and was named to the South Dakota Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame. He has served the healthcare needs of thousands of student-athletes at the University of South Dakota since 1987. Fischbach has spent time working with minor league baseball, local youth athletics and athletes in the NWBA. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children.

    Will Waller, NWBA CEO stated, “The NWBA is an organization that is founded on self-governance. We had great engagement throughout our Divisional Meetings today, and the Annual Assembly. I’d like to thank all who ran for a role to support the organization and congratulate those who were elected. I’d also like to thank all the prior Officers for their many years of contribution to our sport and mission. They’ve each changed countless lives.”

    AKRON, OHIO - Lisa Elliston has been elected as the fourth President in Junior Division history during the 2019 NWBA Junior Division Annual Meeting.  Elliston has been the 1st Vice President of the Junior Division Executive Committee since 2017.  She co-founded the Mississippi Wheelcats so her son Jonathan would have a place to play.  Jonathan, a recent graduate of the Junior Division, is headed to the College Division and the University of Illinois.

    Elliston stated, "I'm so honored, humbled, and excited to represent the Junior Division. We have a lot of work to do and I am grateful for the ground work that was done in the past. I look forward to more communication and working together with our members and the NWBA." 

    Diane Winterstein returns for another three-year term as 2nd Vice President.  Diane coached many future Paralympians as a coach for the Sterling Heights Challengers.  She now coaches the Motor City Wheelz and is lovingly known as “Queen of the Banquet”.

    Emily Hoskins started her wheelchair basketball career as a member of the St. Louis Rolling Rams in the Junior Division.  She returns for another term as the At Large Member on the Junior Division Executive Committee.  Emily has two Paralympic gold medals on her resume as well as multiple championships in the NWBA Women’s Division and Junior Division.  Emily currently coaches the Music City Thunder in the Junior Division. 

    Chris Rathje, outgoing President of the NWBA, thanks the Junior Division for the opportunity.

    "It has been an honor to serve the Junior Division for the last six years. Thank you for the opportunity," he said. "To all the Junior Division kids: there are so many possibilities in the world. Keep dreaming, keep believing and keep being diligent in your pursuits. Life can be a roller coaster, but your dreams can come true." 

    Mike Bauler, the commissioner of the Junior Division, expresses positive remarks about Rathje and Elliston.

    "Chris served the Junior Division with boundless energy and positivity. He truly embodies the spirit of Dr. Nugent, leading the Junior Division to adopt classification and create equitable participation for all student-athletes," he said. "I am excited for our incoming President, Lisa Elliston. Lisa has a wealth of experience in fundraising and communication, both of which are critical for the long term success of the Junior Division." 

    Bauler thanks the membership that participated in the 2019 NWBA Junior Division Annual Meeting and said he is excited for the upcoming season and to see those on the road to Wichita. 

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