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NWBA Announces Seventh Installment of Webinar Series

By NWBA, 02/11/21, 2:15PM CST


Next segment scheduled for February 22nd at 6:30pm Mountain Time

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is excited to announce the seventh installment of the NWBA Webinar Series presented by ABC Medical.

This new installment, Table Officials Training, will take place on Monday, February 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time. This session will be presented by Buddy Barnes, Mike Woodard, Kevin Hughes, and Lauren Perry. This segment will be geared towards those planning to be table officials for the Toyota NWBA National Championship Series or any other NWBA sanctioned events. Topics will include: shot clock procedures, game clock procedures, timeout procedures, and recording scoresheets. Woodard, Hughes, and Perry bring years of experiences and knowledge in this area. (See Bios 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:

NWBA Webinar Series - Table Officials Training
Mon, Feb 22, 2021 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (MST)

Please join the NWBA Webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: 
+1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 733-700-093

Make sure you have the app now and be ready when the meeting starts:

Buddy Barnes - Barnes first got involved in wheelchair basketball when he was a player with his father, Carson Barnes, in Tennessee. As a player he took great pride in how he played the game and how he represented himself as a player in the NWBA.

Over the last 30 years Barnes also has served as a coach, commissioner, administrator, and official in the NWBA.  Buddy has worn almost every hat in the NWBA.  The one thing that always stands out is that he truly loves the sport and the organization. He lives, eats, and breaths NWBA wheelchair basketball.  He currently officiates all over the country as much as he can, while serving as division commissioner, and always talking, sharing, or educating someone about the sport.

Mike Woodard - Woodard has been the Director of Officials for the NWBA for over five years, and has a long and successful history within the NWBA. He has been involved in wheelchair basketball since his arrival in Lexington, KY, in 1987 where he served as a graduate assistant for NWBA Commissioner Stan Labanowich and coached the University of Kentucky Wheelkats. Mike was ahead of his time as he recruited both an Aussie and a Brit to play on the team leading them to their first top 25 ranking.

In his nearly 30 years with the NWBA, Mike has held positions as a coach, official, and administrator including Paralympic Trails Coaching Staff, PVA Camp Coaching Staff, Assistant NWBA Commissioner, Founding Member of the NWBA Officials Association, and has worked more than 30 Final Four and Championship Games across all of the NWBA Divisions.

Kevin Hughes - Kevin Hughes has been the Sports & Recreation Coordinator at Turnstone for the last 11 years. Turnstone is one of 11 USA Paralympic Training Sites. In his time at Turnstone Kevin has been involved with every possible role in hosting wheelchair basketball tournaments. Kevin understands the logistics of running a simple one court round robin invitational all the way to running a 5 court Conference Championship for 32 teams at an off-site location 40 minutes away from their home base. Luckily now, Turnstone has grown to a state-of-the-art facility where they have been the hosting site for numerous national events and recently the International Paralympic Qualifier for Goalball and Judo where they hosted 40 countries and nearly 600 athletes.

Prior to working at Turnstone, Kevin volunteered starting up and coaching a Prep Division wheelchair basketball team for 9 seasons and later the Varsity Division team where he mentored a new volunteer coach for both programs. The last few seasons, Kevin has been an on-court official at the Prep and Varsity Level.

Beyond basketball, Kevin has developed and implemented 46 different adaptive sports programs at Turnstone. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is a Certified Adaptive Recreation and Sports Specialist (CARSS) Level 2. Kevin has been a part of Turnstone’s family since he was just a few months old. Born with spina bifida, Kevin was enrolled in the agency’s early intervention therapy program and preschool until age six. Kevin has tried just about every adaptive sport including playing wheelchair basketball from grade school through high school. 

Kevin's experiences range with many different perspectives from an individual who has competed in adaptive sports, to someone who has coordinated tournaments along with being an on court official. Large or Small, Kevin has been in the middle of just about every type of adaptive sports event. Kevin is open to sharing and having open dialog to create solutions for everyone on this webinar. No question is off limits.

Lauren Perry - Lauren Perry is a graduate from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Leisure Studies, concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. Lauren is a passionate ally, leader and coach who fell in love with the Lakeshore Foundation as a volunteer and earned a position as a Recreation Specialist upon graduation.

She now serves as a Coordinator for the Recreation and Athletics department, overseeing all of Lakeshore’s youth athletics’ programs. Lauren also serves as the head coach and team manager for the Lakeshore Sharks (prep wheelchair basketball team) and team manager for the Lakeshore Lakers (varsity wheelchair basketball team)and for Lakeshore’s youth track and field team. She is also integral part of the team who conducts events at Lakeshore Foundation. Lauren is dedicated to using sport as a vehicle to integrate, educate, and empower people with physical disabilities.

What is the NWBA Webinar Series?

The NWBA Webinar Series is an informational series focused on helping NWBA members build knowledge, skills and abilities on focused topics because 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 members who are skilled in those particular areas.