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May 20, 2011

Attention, Athletes Ages 12-19

Attention all Goalball Athletes, Judo Athletes, Powerlifters, Track/Field Athletes and Swimmers - Ages 12-19

Team USA

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) will host the 2011 International Blind Sports Federation (ISBA) World Youth and Student Championships in Colorado Springs, CO, July 13-18, 2011.

For consideration to compete in this prestigious event as a member of Team USA, you must:

  • Be a current USABA member.
  • Be a US citizen.
  • Be able to be classified under IBSA's rules (B1, B2, B3).
  • At least 12 years old on July 13, 2011, and not older than 19 years old on July 18, 2011.
  • Be actively competing in your sport:
    • Goalball players must be playing on a school or club team.
    • Track/field athletes, must be training/competing in track/field at school or in a track/running club.
    • Judo athletes must be training in a dojo and competing on a regular basis.
    • Powerlifters must be training and competing in USAPL sanctioned meets.
    • Swimmers must be training and competing in swimming at school or in a swim club.
    • We will be seeking International Paralympic Committee (IPC) sanctioning for track and field and swimming.  If you intend to compete in these sports and believe you may be in a position to establish records or rankings, you may also be required to obtain an IPC Athlete Sport License.
  • Send a letter of intent to USABA by September 1, 2010 which includes,  but is not limited to:
    • To your 2010 and earlier goalball, track/field, or swimming accomplishments including results from previous tournaments or meets.
    • The name of your goalball, track/field or swim club or team, dojo or powerlifting club.
    • A summary of your weekly training schedule and other athletic and personal achievements you'd like to share with us.
  • Complete all forms and follow the USABA Code of Conduct.

The coaching staffs for your respective sports will evaluate and select athletes from your letters of intent; tournament and meet results and your commitment to training and competing in your sport on a regular basis.  The USABA Sports Technical Committee will make the final athlete selections by March 15, 2011. USABA may provide partial funding support to athletes based on past accomplishment and training efforts and potential for future success.  All interested candidates must send letters of intent to:

John Potts
USABA Sports Director
1101 High Valley Ln.
Belleville, IL 62221
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

USABA will periodically update information on the World Youth Championships on our website: http://www.usaba.org or for more information call (719) 630-0422


May 17, 2011

Sports Festival / Operation Mission Vision / Rocky Mountain State Games

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Sports Festival and Mission Vision program provides athletes; including Veterans and active duty Service members who are blind and visually impaired, from all over the United States a unique opportunity to participate in the Rocky Mountain State Games.  Athletes will train, learn, refine their skills and compete alongside their sighted peers in various sports clinics instructed by USABA national coaches.  With the opportunity to hone your athletic skills, you will be empowered to elevate your sport to a higher level and take your improved game back into your own local community-based programs.  Some important dates to remember:

 

Arrival of Trainers and Coaches July 26
Train the Trainer Session (Trainers and Coaches only) July 26 – 27
Arrival of Athletes July 27
Sports Festival / Operation Mission Vision July 27 - 29
Rocky Mountain State Games July 29 - 31
Depart (Trainers, Coaches and Athletes) August 1

The Rocky Mountain State Games is a multi-sport festival for athletes of all ages and athletic abilities.  Recognized by the national Congress of State Games, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the 2011 Rocky Mountain State Games will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Organized and managed by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, the 2011 Rocky Mountain State Games will offer competition in 31+ sports.

Mark you calendars today and be on the watch for additional information on the USABA website (http://www.usaba.org) or contact Rich Cardillo at 719-630-0422 ext 15 or e-mail at   .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for program updates. 


Apr 15, 2011

Funding Requests for 2011 Sports Camps

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to announce that we are accepting funding proposals for 2011 Sports Camp Projects. Grant amounts will range from $500 to $1,500.

5 Grants of $500 will be awarded to organizations that conduct Sports Camps/Clinics.  For consideration; applicants must submit a proposal which include the following:

  • Dates and location of 2011 camp
  • An outline of camp program, including tentative schedule, sports included, staffing structure, competitions, etc.
  • Measurable outcomes
  • Fees charged (if any) to camp participants
  • The anticipated number of participants, including age range
  • The names, mailing addresses, and email addresses of all participants and staff

6 Grants of $1,000-$1,500 will be awarded to USABA Sports Clubs (application is available upon request). For consideration, applicants must submit a proposal which includes the following:

  • Dates and location of 2011 Camp
  • An outline of camp program, including tentative schedule, sports included, staffing structure, number of participants, age range of participants, competitions, etc.
  • A proposed budget, including anticipated expenditures and revenue
  • Measurable outcomes from expected
  • Fees charged (if any) to camp participants

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS for grants of $1,000-$1,500
Upon receipt of funding, organization will receive a contract including, but not limited to the following:

  • All student athletes and major staff/coaches must be current USABA members
  • Site directors must submit after-action reports. A minimum of 10 participant photos and 2-3 success stories to USABA within 30 days of the camp completion of the camp.
  • All paid and volunteer camp staff must sign the USABA Abuse Prevention Policy statement of understanding
  • All camps requesting use of USABA’s liability insurance must adhere to USABA’s policy to conduct background checks on all staff and volunteers who have direct contact with participants. A complete copy of USABA’s Abuse Prevention Policy is available upon request

DEADLINE DATE:  All applications must be received by April 15, 2011.

NOTIFICATION:  Award recipients will be notified by April 25, 2011.

Submit your request to:

Mark Lucas, U.S. Association of Blind Athletes
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: (719) 630-0422
 


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