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:
- 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 pdf. Click here for an explanation of what the different standards mean to you.
- 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.
- 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 Matt Simpson.
- Qualify and compete in US Paralympics National Championships. They are scheduled for June 14-16, 2013.
- Review the information on the Track & Field High Performance website by clicking here and review their "how to become a Paralympian."
USA Cycling Road Event Database
The database a map of the United States. Events are listed by state with each state on the map serving as the link to the state's events.
USA Cycling Track Event Database
The database a map of the United States. Events are listed by state with each state on the map serving as the link to the state's events
For 2015, USABA will use the IBSA Goalball Rules and the 2015 USABA Adult Goalball Team Entry Guidelines in all sanctioned regional tournaments and the National Championships. Adult teams that participate in 2015 tournamaments will also be required to have a 2015 team roster on file and all participants must have a valid 2015 USABA membership. Questions concerning application of IBSA rules or tournament policies can be directed to John Potts.
U.S. Paralympics Judo Proof of Performance Form
WHAT IS POWERLIFTING...
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.
If you would like additional information about Showdown, please contact Dr. Jim Mastro.
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.
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!
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.
Interested in swimming? Here are some steps to get you started.
- 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.
- Join your local USA Swimming or YMCA swim club. USA Swimming's website at http://www.usa-swimming.org 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.)
- Become a USABA member and attend one of USABA’s sport camps to learn more about swimming with a visual impairment.
- Start swimming able-bodied and disabled swim meets with your club. Send in your times to USABA.
- Start swimming in IPC Approved meets around the USA. For a list of regional and national competitions visit U.S. Paralympics website at http://www.usparalympics.org.
- 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.
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.
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, http://www.ibsa.es.
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.
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.
If you'd like more information about Tenpin Bowling, please contact our National Program Coordinator: Gerald Rickert.
For Additional Information Please Contact Janice Walth