All athletes interested in trying out for the U.S. Men’s National Team, which will compete in the 2018 World Championship, must attend the Selection Camp.
The Men’s Selection Camp is January 2-7, 2018 at the Olympic Training Center Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Players are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Housing, meals and ground transportation once in Colorado Springs are provided by the NWBA.
To be eligible, athletes must:
· be a natural born citizen of the United States or in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen; and
· hold a valid U.S. passport that will not expire for six months after the conclusion of the Championships or obtain one prior to departure;
Players must be willing and able to attend mandatory training camps and a competition during the spring or summer of 2018 and the World Championships, August 16-26 in Hamburg, Germany.
All players must complete the online application to be considered and receive an invite to try-out.
The Registration "Men's National" is not currently available.
The deadlines to complete the online application to be considered and receive an invite to try-out.
· The deadline to submit a NWBA High Performance Men’s Player Application is 11:59PM MST on November 15, 2017.
The U.S. Men’s Selection Camp list of invitees will be announced no later than November 17, 2017.
Two-time U.S. Paralympic medalist Steve Serio of Westbury, New York, has been voted in by his peers to represent the National Wheelchair Basketball Association on the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council. The NWBA conducted its election process following the approval of the new NWBA Bylaws.
Serio, 29 years old, will attend his first meeting the weekend of May 19. He came onto the international wheelchair basketball scene at 2006 World Championships where team USA won a silver medal. His resume at IWBF events is impressive winning nine medals at senior caliber events (Paralympics; World Championships and Para Pan Am Games). In total, Serio has represented the United States at all major competitions, including three Paralympic Games, four Para Pan Am Games, three World Championships and two U23 World Championships.
The USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council is responsible for broadening communication between the United States Olympic Committee and active athletes, and serves as a source of input and advice to the USOC board of directors. The AAC consists of at least one athlete from each National Governing Body (NGB) which the United States is represented at the Olympic and Pan American Games, eight athletes representing the Paralympic Sport Organizations or NGBs designated to govern a Paralympic sport, and six athletes elected by the AAC to serve at-large, including a chair and two vice chairs.
Ryan Neiswender of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, will serve at the alternate. Neiswender was a member of the 2013 America’s Zonal Qualifier team that won gold. He also was a player on the men’s wheelchair basketball team at the University of Illinois.
Team USA, who last lost at the 2014 World Championships, kept its perfect winning streak alive by winning the 2017 IWBF Men’s America’s Qualifier in Colombia and is qualified for the 2018
World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, and the 2019 ParaPan Am Games in Peru. The U.S. Men won the 2016 Paralympic Games for the first time since 1988 and outscored the field 614-349. The U.S. Men’s Team led eight of 12 stat categories in Rio. The U.S. Men’s Team won a silver medal at the 2014 World Championships in South Korea. In 2012, Team USA won a bronze medal at the London Paralympics.