Sep 15, 2011

USABA Athletes Named to US Paralympics 2011 Track and Field High School All-American Team

US Paralympics recently announced their 2011 Track and Field High School All American Team.

Included were several members of USABA’s Team USA who recently competed in the 2011 International Blind Sports Federation World Youth and Student Championships:

     • David Brown (Hazelwood, MO)
     • Trevon Graves (St. Louis, MO)
     • Michael Kinoshita (Folsom, CA)
     • Carlos McCormick (Romney, WV)
     • Alexander Richmond (Birmingham, AL)
     • Samantha Smolka (Hometown, IL)

“This is an outstanding group of very talented athletes”  said John Potts, USABA Sports Director.  “Although this may be the first time we’ve heard of some of these names, it won’t be the last—talented as they already are,  each of them has the talent and commitment to continue to rise on the national and international stage.”

US Paralympics selected David Brown to compete with Team USA at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, a 2011 London Paralympics Games qualifying event.

For additional information on the USABA track and field program, contact Tim Cobb, USABA Track and Field Coach:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Sep 15, 2011

USABA Seeking Bids for 2013 Goalball National Championships

USABA is seeking parties interested in hosting the 2013 USABA Goalball National Championships. As facilities are becoming increasingly more difficult to secure, USABA wants to get an early start on the site selection process for the 2013 tournament. This early start should provide ample time for organizers to plan and secure all appropriate resources that will enable them to host a successful tournament. An early start will also provide participants sufficient time to arrange their personal schedules and make cost-effective travel plans.

About goalball:
• Goalball is a team sport for athletes who are blind and visually impaired. Each year, USABA sanctions a National Championship tournament.
• Competition will run for two or three days (depending on the number of gyms provided by the host and/or the number of teams entered) and will include men’s and women’s pool play and medal matches.
Tournament and participant information:
• Approximately 20-22 Goalball teams (12-16 men’s teams, 8-10 women’s teams), each consisting of four to six athletes, two coaches and four staff.
• Eight to ten referees will be required based on number of teams entered.
• June 2013. Dates are flexible; however the dates should be late enough to accommodate the majority of student participant summer vacations.
• Athletes will typically arrive on a Wednesday or Thursday with the final matches being held on a Saturday evening. Athletes typically depart Sunday morning.
Minimum staffing, facility and logistical requirements the selected LOC must be able to provide:
• Reasonably priced room and board for approximately 150 individuals (90 males, 60 females).
• Housing for 10 officials reasonably separated from athletes.
• Two or three gyms within close proximity of each other with seating for 100-250 persons in at least one of the venues. Gyms must be free of excessive noise and allow tape and goals to be placed on the floor for the duration of the event.
• Concession stand and eating area for 100+ in between games.
• Adequate locker room facilities for athletes and separate restrooms for spectators.
• Airport transportation as well as transportation between venues.
• Classrooms or other locations for teams to gather prior to games.
• Goalball goals and nets for all venues. If the LOC does not have goals/nets readily available, the committee can make arrangements to ship nets in from either USABA or a local chapter at the LOC's expense.
• Ten officials (USABA will provide airfare).
• A minimum of one athletic trainer per venue during all scheduled competition times.
• A minimum of 12-15 volunteers per site per session (ages 16 and up).
Fees: The Local Organizing Committee has the authority to set entry fees for the event (subject to USABA review and approval).   When establishing entry fees, please understand teams are independently funded and operate on extremely limited budgets.   We want to ensure maximum athlete participation so we appreciate your attention regarding fees and related expenses.

Special consideration also will be given to bids that include the involvement of local groups that work with athletes with disabilities.

For more information or to submit a bid proposal, please contact USABA Sports Director John Potts.

Sep 01, 2011

USABA Has Moved Offices

The United States Association of Blind Athletes is pleased to announce that the National Headquarters Offices have moved to the U.S. Olympic Sport House in Colorado Springs, CO.  USABA's new contact information is:

Mailing Address:
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO  80909

Phone Number:
(719) 866-3224

“In alignment with our strategic plan and our vision to be the nation’s leading sports resource provider for people who are blind and visually impaired, the move into the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport House further fosters our organizational growth which can only better serve our athletes," said Mark Lucas, USABA Executive Director.  He continued, "I would also like to thank the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind for providing office space to USABA  for the last 23 years.”

The U.S. Olympic Sport House is also home to several National Governing Bodies, including USA Boxing, USA Weightlifting, USA Judo, USA Badminton and USA Taekwondo.

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