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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NWBA?

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is the longest standing and largest Disabled Sports Organization in the world. It was founded in 1948 to provide individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to play and learn wheelchair basketball.

What does the NWBA do?

We are the organization that is responsible for growing and developing wheelchair basketball in the United States, and the selection and training of the Paralympic and Parapan Am Games teams, as well as major international competitions. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s Paralympic Division and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation recognize the NWBA as the governing body for the United States. 

What is the NWBA's reach?

The NWBA is currently in 42 states and has nearly 3,000 members and 225-plus teams. We have divisions for Men, Women, High Performance, Collegiate, Division I, Division II, Division III, Junior and Prep.

How many Competitions are there?

There are nearly 200 NWBA sanctioned competitions annually throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Ontario and Quebec. The NWBA season is from October to April, culminating in the National Tournament. NWBA events, competitions and deadlines can be found on the events calendar here

How can I get in touch with local teams?

The NWBA website has an interactive map that pinpoints every NWBA team in North America. Once you click on the team that is closest to you, a box will appear with the team representative, phone number and email address for that team. To search for nearby teams, click here.