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Video: Basics of Guide Running for Track & Field and Trail

2016 Pipeline Project

Do you dream of wearing Team USA across your chest while at the 2016 Paralympic Games?  If you do, making that dream a reality starts today and here's a list of things you need to know and accomplish:

  1. We're here to help.  Contact Kevin Brousard at or (719) 866-3019.  We want to know you've made a commitment and in return, we will track your progress, assist in any way we can, find meets for you to compete in or find other information you may need. 
  2. Know your competition results and what they mean.  US Paralympics publishes various qualification standards which must be met in order to qualify for international competitions such as World Championships and/or qualify for National Team benefits.  Here are the men's standards in excel and pdf.  Here are the women's standards in excel and pdfClick here for an explanation of what the different standards mean to you.
  3. Use the standards as goals!  Tell your coach, your parents and your friends that you want to be a Paralympian and share your successes along the way.
  4. Train and compete, train and compete and train and compete some more!  It is not easy to be a member of Team USA and earn the title Paralympian, but it is so worth every drop of sweat.  Click here to find a USA Track and Field meet in your state.  Worried that the meet director won't know how to integrate and athlete who is visually impaired? Don't.  Contact the meet director ahead of time and let them know you will be participating and what your guide needs are.  If you need additional assistance, contact Kevin Brousard.     
  5. Qualify and compete in US Paralympics National Championships.
  6. Contact Cathy Sellers, Director of Paralympic Track & Field High Performance at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  She wants to know who you are and help you accomplish your dream of making the Paralympic Team.  Fill out and send in her recruiting questionnaire, download it here.  Send her your meet results!
  7. Review the information on the Track & Field High Performance website by clicking here and review their "how to become a Paralympian."

If you have any other questions, let us know.  Contact Kevin Brousard at or (719) 866-3019.

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U.S. Paralympics Cycling Proof of Performance Form

U.S. Paralympics 2017 Cycling Program Plan

Once you access the listing, links for each event will open a new window with event results.

U.S. Paralympics Cycling Event Listing
Once you access the listing, links for each event will open a new window with event registration information.

USA Cycling Road Event Database
Search for events by discipline or state.

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Team USA Mobile Coach Site for Goalball

2017 USABA Goalball Guidelines (Adult Teams)
2016 Goalball Calendar

Selection Procedures

2016 Rio Paralympic Games - Goalball Athlete

2016 Rio Paralympic Games - Goalball Coach

2016 Rio Paralympic Games - Goalball Team Leader

2016 Rio Paralympic Games - Goalball Additional Official

2017-2020 USOC AAC Election Procedures USABA-Goalball

Click here to learn more about goalball and how to get started.

Information about upcoming goalball competitions can be found on our calendar.

2014-2017 IBSA Goalball Rules and Regulations (version 1.0.5) Revised 3 Nov 14

NEW:  2014-2017 IBSA ITO Officials' Manual

NEW:  2014-2017 IBSA Goalball Officials' Certification Programme Manual

NEW:  2014 Goalball Line-Up Sheet

NEW:  2014 Goalball Score Sheet - Game Information

NEW:  2014 Goalball Score Sheet - Regulation Time

NEW:  2014 Goalball Score Sheet - Overtime and Extra Throws

NEW:  2014 Goalball Protest Form

NEW:  2014 Goalball Protest Decision Form

How do I Become a Goalball Paralympian?

For 2017, USABA will use the IBSA Goalball Rules and 2017 USABA Adult Goalball Team Entry Guidelines in all sanctioned regional tournaments and the National Championships. Adult teams that participate in 2017 tournamaments will also be required to have a 2017 team roster on file and all participants must have a valid 2017 USABA membership.  Anyone listed as a coach or escort on any game roster must have a completed USOC SafeSport certificate on file.  Questions concerning application of IBSA rules or tournament policies can be directed to John Potts.

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U.S. Paralympics Judo Proof of Performance Form

Judo Calendar

USA Judo Event Calendar

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NEW: USABA 2012-2013 National Team Qualification Standards

 Powerlifting is a sport where competitors test their strength across three different lifts: the Squat, the Bench Press, and Deadlift . There are different weight divisions and age groups for men and women.  Overall body strength is the key to good performance in powerlifting. Just as sprinting is a pure test of speed, powerlifting is a pure test of strength.  In competition, lifters have three attempts to post a score in each lift. To post a score, the lifter must successfully complete the lift with good form throughout. If the lifter fails to post a score in a particular lift, they are disqualified from the competition.  If this sport might interest you and you wish to know more about powerlifting, please contact USABA Powerlifting Coach Mark Sampson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

General Information about USABA Powerlifting

IBSA Powerlifting Rules

IBSA Powerlifting Website

USABA Powerlifting Records

National Rankings

All-Time National Rankings

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Showdown is a fast-moving sport originally designed for people with a visual impairment, but you don´t have to be blind to play! Sighted people and those with conditions other than blindness find this game exciting and challenging. Sometimes it is mistakenly referred to as table tennis for the blind because it is a table game. However, unlike table tennis, a court is not marked on a Showdown table and points are scored by hitting the ball into a goal pocket located at the end of the table.

Additional information about showdown, including Showdown rules can be found here.

Here you can find some video clips demonstrating the game.

If you would like additional information about Showdown, please contact Dr. Jim Mastro.

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Alpine and Nordic Skiing Information

The U.S. Paralympics Nordic Ski Team is actively searching for fit and motivated visually impaired athletes who would like to try the sport of Biathlon.  Biathlon combines cross country skiing with two stops at a shooting range with 5 shots to hit 5 targets.  For every shot missed a penalty must be skied, creating an exciting sport which requires a great balance of endurance and mental control for shooting accuracy.  The cross country skiing is done with a guide on a loop approximately 2km long, and utilizes an electronic audio rifle for those with visual imparity to aim by narrowing in on the audio tone. 

To get involved, and find out where you can try biathlon, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

We can introduce you to the sport outside of winter season with the use of an audio rifle and ski pole ergometer, and we can introduce you to clubs within your region that offer the sport and invite you to attend a U.S. Paralympics Nordic Development Camp. 

The U.S. Paralympics Nordic Team needs more visually impaired participants to reach our goals of becoming the World’s Best Nordic Team.  We encourage you to contact us to learn more about our sport and to give it a SHOT! 

Learn more at:

Contact Coaches at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Coaches:
Eileen Carey 207-514-3230 or Rob Rosser 307-277-0318

For those interested in developing alpine skiing skills, Voucher Cloud offers information on accessible resorts for ski and accommodation.

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USABA Swimming Information

Interested in swimming?  Here are some steps to get you started.

  1. Enroll in a good swim lesson program. Learn and be proficient in all four competitive strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Learn turns and starts.
  2. Join your local USA Swimming or YMCA swim club. USA Swimming's website at has a great 'Find a Club' search tool that allows you to search for programs in your local area. Contact your Local Swim Committee's (LSC) Disability Swimming Chair for more information on programs and opportunities within your LSC. (Links to all LSCs are available on USA Swimming's website.)
  3. Become a USABA member and attend one of USABA’s sport camps to learn more about swimming with a visual impairment.
  4. Start swimming able-bodied and disabled swim meets with your club. Send in your times to USABA.
  5. Start swimming in IPC Approved meets around the USA. For a list of regional and national competitions visit U.S. Paralympics website at
  6. When you meet specific time standards, you will know your on your way! USABA and U.S. Paralympics have time standards for specific swimming levels and events.

2016 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Athlete and Sport Program Plans 

2016 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Classification Summary

2016 U.S. Paralympics Men's and Women's Swimming National Team Standards

2016 Paralympic Games Athlete Selection Procedures

2016 Upcoming Swimming Events

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Tenpin Bowling

Ten-pin bowling is one of the most popular recreational activities in the United States among both sighted and visually impaired athletes as it provides people of all ages the opportunity to compete in both recreational and elite settings at all ages. For the blind bowler, this is also an appealing sport because the only physical modification needed for the lanes is a portable guide rail, depending on the vision of the competitor.

Contact the American Blind Bowlers Association for more information on how to get started, how to create a league, leagues in your local area, and equipment for blind bowling. 
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 248-410-2411, Rozella Campbell (Secretary)

Blind and visually impaired athletes can most effectively compete in bowling through one of two adaptive methods: sighted guidance or a guide rail as follows, according to the International Blind Sports Association,

Sighted Guidance

When sighted guidance is being used, blind bowlers are aligned on the approach by sighted assistants before their deliveries. The bowlers would normally be aligned on a spot which they wish to execute their deliveries. Such a reference point may be a certain board on the approach.

Guide Rail

The guide rails used are made of either wood or light-weight tubular medal and can be assembled, disassembled and stored away very easily. They are held in place on the bowling approach by the weight of bowling balls and can be used in any bowling center without damaging the lanes or interfering in any way with the operation of the center's automatic bowling equipment.

The rails are placed along side the bowling approach and they extend back from the foul line. A bowler who needs the assistance of a guide rail usually slides one hand along its smooth surface while delivering the ball with the other hand. The starting position of the bowler in relation to the guide rail should be carefully noted.

The bowler can determine whether the ball is being released in the center of the lane or near one edge. The rail is positioned to run straight along the first board outside the width of the lane. Of course, bowlers are free to use the bowling technique that they prefer.

A sighted assistant usually is needed to tell a blind bowler which pins have been knocked down or how the remaining pins were missed. These assistants identify the pins either knocked down or left standing by calling the numbered locations of the pins and this information tells a blind bowler where to roll the next ball or how to modify the delivery of the ball the next time to bowl.

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U.S. Paralympics Archery Page

International Paralympic Committee Archery Page

For more information, please contact:
National Paralympic Head Coach - Randi Smith - 719-866-3458 (MT) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Membership Manager - Cindy Tobin - 719-866-4450 (MT) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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U.S. Paralympics Biathlon Page

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U.S. Paralympics Equestrian Page

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U.S. Paralympics Rowing Page

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U.S. Paralympics Sailing Page

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