The NWBA Board of Directors has approved the Military Division with the NWBA for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 NWBA seasons. Click here to read the announcement.
Key features of this initiative are:
- A focused division for teams comprised solely of active and former service men and women
- Leveraging the classification system used by Warrior Games, as they have historically governed their competition with inclusion of TBI and PTSD
- Inclusion of participants with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other eligible conditions as found in the Warrior Games Minimum Disability Category
Military Division - Pilot Program Lead
Phone: (713) 703-2087
Military Division - Pilot Program Co-Lead
Phone: (616) 318-9061
MINIMUM Classification: 1.1 PTSD with minimal or no physical impairments. 1.2 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with minimal or no physical or cognitive impairments (unable to follow four or more step commands). 1.3 No impairment in trunk control or mobility. 1.4 Cognitive impairments may include but not limited to memory loss, and/or decreased organizational skills. 1.5 Minimal (fair or below sitting balance) physical impairments may be evident caused by brain injury.
MODERATE Classification: 2.1 Moderate to severe cognitive ability (moderate level: unable to follow three or more step commands). 2.2 Normal to decreased trunk movements in forward, sideways, and vertical planes as evidenced by a functionality test. 2.3 Lower limb amputations meeting the following criteria: 2.3.1 Single below the knee amputation (BKA) 2.3.2 Single below the knee amputation (AKA) 2.3.3 Bilateral BKA with or without knee sockets 2.3.4 Single BKA with knee socket with opposing limb AKA 2.3.5 Single hip disarticulation 2.3.6 Bilateral AKA with greater than 2/3 in both residual limbs.
MAXIMUM Classification: 3.1 Complete to no controlled trunk movements in the forward and vertical planes evidenced by a functionality test. 3.2 Severe cognitive impairment with physical manifestations. i.e. Ataxic, dyskinesia movements (can only follow one-step command). 3.3 May present with decreased or no trunk control in the sideways plane evidenced by a functional test. 3.4 Athletes rely on their arms to return to the upright position when unbalanced 3.5 Active rotation in both upper and lower trunk 3.6 Active upper rotation but no lower trunk function 3.7 Upper limb amputations or dysfunction meeting the following criteria: 3.7.1 Below and bilateral below the elbow amputation DOD Warrior Games Sport Classification Handbook Wheelchair Basketball Classification - 27 - 3.7.2 Below and bilateral below the elbow dysfunction in the elbow and/or wrist joints 3.7.3 Above and bilateral above the elbow amputation 3.7.4 Above and bilateral above the elbow dysfunction in the elbow and/or wrist joints 3.8 Lower limb amputations meeting the following criteria: 3.8.1 Single hemipelvectomy 3.8.2 Single AKA with greater than 2/3 residual limb and single AKA with less than 2/3 residual limb. 3.8.3 Hemipelvectomy with single BKA without knee socket. 3.8.4 Single hemipelvectomy and single BKA with knee socket. 3.8.5 Bilateral hip disarticulation.
4.1 Female athletes will drop one classification level for play