The 2019 U25 team member wants to set an example for female wheelchair basketball players as she chases her dreams.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- The 2019 Toyota National Championship Series is a ticketed event for Adult Division I and II, and tickets are now on sale for these two events. All non-team attendees must purchase a ticket to attend both the Adult Division I and Adult Division II tournaments. These are separate events and a purchased entry ticket is required for each event.
Registered athletes and non-athletes (coaches, team reviewer, etc.) of participating teams of the tournament will receive credentials for entry to the event include with their team registration and tournament dues.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association has announced that Molten USA will continue as the official basketball of the NWBA, the world's original and longest standing wheelchair basketball national governing organization. The NWBA’s partnership agreement with Molten USA extends through the end of the 2022 NWBA season.
“Molten feels very privileged to continue the outstanding partnership with the NWBA, the governing body, and the exceptional athletes,” stated Melissa Dawson, President of Molten USA. “We are honored to have the opportunity to accentuate the growth of wheelchair basketball; as well as provide support to the coaches and players with excellent product and service.”
The NWBA will continue to use a Molten model BGL7X for Adult Division II, Adult Division III, Intercollegiate Division Men’s and Varsity for the remainder of the 2018-19 NWBA season. The NWBA will continue to use a Molten model BGL6X for Women’s Division and Intercollegiate Division Women’s for the remainder of the 2018-19 NWBA season.
Competition in the Adult Division I will pilot the use of a Molten model BGG7X for the remainder of the 2018-19 NWBA season, including competition at the 2019 Toyota National Adult Division I Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical. This pilot program will allow the NWBA to gather valuable feedback on the BGG7X, while minimizing disruption to our other divisions.
The NWBA will make a determination soon following the 2018-19 NWBA season regarding the model of Molten used for the 2019-20 NWBA season.
"As both a national team player and an athlete competing in the NWBA, this new deal with Molten provides the athletes with symmetry which can only enhance our sport across multiple experience levels," says Steve Serio, who captained the USA to gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. "This is a relationship we as athletes are extremely excited about for the future of wheelchair basketball in the United States. Wheelchair Basketball and Molten have become synonymous, which highlights their impact for our sport."
As the official basketball of FIBA and the IWBF, Molten basketballs have gained international recognition and acclaim as a top choice for elite athletes and national federations around the globe. By integrating tradition with innovation, the NEW Molten X-Series basketballs have been designed with acute attention to detail. The new uniform pebble surface provides superior control and precise shooting and passing while the GIUGIARO® design enhances visibility, allowing players to easily track the rotation of the ball.
Please check the NWBA Team Guide Book for information on promotional pricing for NWBA members on Molten products. The NWBA Team Guide Book is located in the NWBA Resource Center at www.nwba.org/resourcecenter.
About Molten USA, Inc.
Founded in 1958, the Molten Corporation is one of the largest manufacturers of competition quality sports balls and manufactures a wide range of athletic balls in several sports categories – including basketball, handball, soccer, and volleyball. In addition to being the official basketball of the NWBA and FIBA, Molten is also the official volleyball of the NCAA Volleyball Championships, USA Volleyball and numerous state associations, collegiate conferences, collegiate programs, and junior sports programs. For more information on Molten USA, Inc, please visit www.moltenusa.com.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The volunteer registration process has been launched for the 2019 Toyota National Women's and Junior's Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments presented by ABC Medical. Volunteers will be completing registration to support the Women's, Varsity, Varsity Invitational and Prep national tournaments. This is a great opportunity for members to gain experience in working with the largest wheelchair basketball tournament in the world.
Mark your calendars with the following information regarding the 2019 Intercollegiate Summer Camps! All college programs hosting summer camps are listed below; pricing and logistics may vary.
This page will be updated frequently as more information becomes available.
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater Camps:
Co-ed: June 12-16, 2019
(NEW!) All Female: June 26-30, 2019
University of Nebraska - Omaha Camps:
July 17-20, 2019
University of Alabama Camps:
June 19 -22, 2019
Here’s the newly developed camp website: http://www.alabamaadaptedcamps.com/
Auburn University Camps:
July 22-25, 2019
The University of Texas at Arlington Camps:
All Female: July 22-25, 2019
Junior Camp, Adult Camp, and Vet Camp: July 25-29, 2019
Edinboro University Camps:
Adult: July 28-31, 2019
Junior: August 1-4, 2019
University of Missouri Camps:
July 7-11, 2019
University of Arizona Camps
Eastern Washington University Camps
University of Illinois Camps
Southwest Minnesota State University Camps
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is pleased to announce the 17th annual Wayne Kunishige Scholarship. Named to honor the memory of NWBA player and wheelchair innovator Wayne Kunishige, the scholarship was endowed by his family and friends. The scholarship award is a $1,000 cash scholarship.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO- The Junior Division Executive Committee has announced the Junior Division Power Ranking for the month of January for the Prep and Varsity levels of play.
Prep- Staying on top of the pack at No. 1 and No. 2 from Decembers Power Rankings are the Minnesota Rolling Rowdies and the Bennett Blazers. Cracking into the top five this week into the No. 3 spot is the Nebraska Red Dawgs, who were previously ranked at the No. 8 spot in December. And rounding out the top 5 includes some familiar faces, the Lakeshore Sharks and the Synergy Jr. Bulls.
Varsity- The power rankings for this month haven’t changed much from December. The TIRR Memorial Hermann Jr. Hotwheels remain at the top at No.1 for January. The No. 2 Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves and No. 3 WASA Jr. Bucks switch spots in the power rankings this month with the Bucks moving to No. 2 and Timberwolves at No. 3. While some teams in the top 5 have been moving around, the BlazeSports Jr. Hawks remain at the No. 4 ranking for the second straight month. The Chicago Skyhawks leapfrog the Nebraska Red Dawgs this month to finish up the Top 5 for the Junior Varsity Division.
The top 16 ranked teams for Varsity will earn an invite to play in the 2019 Toyota National Varsity Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Teams ranked 17-32 will receive an invite to participate in the 2019 Toyota National Varsity Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. If a team does not accept their bid for postseason play, invitations will be sent to the next team, in order of ranking, until both tournaments are filled.
The Toyota National Junior Prep, Varsity and Varsity Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments will be held March 29-31 in New Lenox, IL.
2019 January Top 20 Prep Rankings:
1. Minnesota Rolling Rowdies
2. Bennett Blazers
3. Nebraska Red Dawgs Jr.
4. Lakeshore Sharks
5. Synergy Jr. Bulls
6. BlazeSports Jr. Hawks
7. Charlotte Prep- Purple
8. Turnstone Flyers
9. RHI Jr. Racers
10. NY Rollin’ Fury
11. Chicago Skyhawks
12. Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers
13. WASA Junior Bucks
14. LWSRA Hawks
15. Fairfax Falcons
16. OKC Wheels of Thunder
17. Sportability Rolling Panthers
19. STRAPS Stars
20. Dallas Jr. Mavs
2019 January Top 40 Varsity Rankings:
1. TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels*
2. WASA Bucks*
3. Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves*
4. BlazeSports Jr. Hawks
5. Chicago Skyhawks*
6. Nebraska Red Dawgs*
7. Fairfax Falcons*
8. Cincinnati Dragons*
9. Rancho Renegades*
10. Seattle Jr. Sonics
11. Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets
12. ATX (Austin)
13. ACC Junior Wheelchair Cavaliers*
14. LWSRA Hawks
15. Sportable Spokes*
16. Lakeshore Lakers
17. Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggets
18. Mad City Badgers
19. RHI Racers
20. OKC Wheels of Thunder
21. BORP Jr. Road Warriors
22. Dallas Jr. Mavs- Blue
23. Katie’s Komets
24. Ryan Martin Foundation Trojans
25. ParaSport Spokane
26. Bennett Blazers
27. San Diego Hammer
28. DASA Jr. Rolling Rams (St. Louis)
29. Motor City Wheelz
30. UAH Chargers
31. Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers
32. Turnstone Flyers
33. Minnesota Jr. Rolling Gophers
34. SportAbility Rolling Panthers
35. Synergy Junior Bulls
36. Kansas City Kings
37. Music City Thunder
38. Miami Valley Jr. Raptors
39. Mississippi Wheelcats
40. Rockford Junior Chariots
*Teams noted with an asterisk (*) are already qualified for the 2019 Toyota NWBA National Tournament Championship Series with a secured bid to one of the national tournaments.
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