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2015 National Classification Panel Requests for Athletics, Cycling and Swimming

The International Classification Code [the “Code”] went into effect March 2010.  U.S. Paralympics also rolled-out the national classification policies and procedures to align with the Code and initiate Code compliance at the national level.  The national system is being implemented and as such, all 2015 national classification in Track & Field (ATH), Cycling (CYC) and Swimming (SWI) will be scheduled via the national processes. For your reference all national classification documents may be found at: http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Classification.

In order to schedule classification panels for 2015, the following timeline and actions will be undertaken:

  • Wednesday, October 15 (today) – Initial information sent to LOCs / Event Organizers
  • Friday, October 31 – final date for classification panel requests from LOCs to be submitted to U.S. Paralympics
  • By Friday, November 14 – initial request for availability sent out to all national SWI / ATH classifiers for 2015 activities
  • Friday, November 28 – classifier availability due back to U.S. Paralympics
  • By Monday, December 8 – classification panel assignments and details sent to LOCs and Classifiers for all 2015 ATH, CYC & SWI national classification opportunities

As an LOC, if you are requesting classification panel(s) for 2015 competitions, please submit the following to U.S. Paralympics (via email to holly.kesterson@usoc.org no later than October 31, 2014:

  1. Event Name
  2. Event Dates – include classification date(s) and competition date(s)
  3. Sport(s) for which you are requesting classification panels
  4. Number of classification panels requested for each sport (please remember a “panel” for both CYC, SWI and ATH consists of 2 classifiers)
  5. Last year’s number of athletes classified per sport at event
  6. Any other specific requests or key information that may be pertinent for U.S. Paralympics when scheduling classification panels

**Please note that the LOC will be required to cover the travel/accommodation (including flights, hotel, ground transportation and meals) for the classification personnel assigned.      


U.S. Paralympics will continue to accept requests during 2015; however cannot guarantee that national classification will be approved for the competition or that classifiers will have availability for those event requests received on an ad hoc basis after the October 31 deadline. 

Positive Coaching Alliance - Double-Goal Coach Award
                     Nominations being accepted!

Nominations are open October 1-December 31, 2014 for PCA's Double-Goal Coach Award, given to 25 youth and high school sports coaches from throughout the U.S. who embody the ideals of the Double-Goal Coach, striving to win, while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. http://www.positivecoach.org/our-awards/double-goal-coach-awards

Who is Eligible
Any youth sports or high school sports coach in the U.S., who is a current head coach with at least three years’ experience is eligible for PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® Award. PCA staff and Trainers are not eligible to win. Coaches can only win this award once but can be nominated and named finalists multiple times.

Completing a Nomination
A nomination is complete when the online nomination form is complete and accompanied by at least one completed reference. At least one reference, and not more than 25, must be submitted for a nomination to be considered complete.

Nomination Period
The nomination period for 2015 awards opens on October 1, 2014 and closes on December 31, 2014 at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time. Nominations or references submitted after that time will not be considered.

Nominees are assessed on the extent to which they reflect the model of a Double-Goal Coach, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. Behaviors of a Double-Goal Coach include:

•Redefines "Winner" through a focus on mastery, rather than a scoreboard orientation, teaching players that a "winner" makes maximum effort, continues to learn and improve, and is not stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes.

•Fills Players’ Emotional Tanks, refusing to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. Recognizing that a player’s "Emotional Tank," like the gas tank of a car, must be full in order to go as far as possible, the Double-Goal Coach provides a fuel mixed of five specific, truthful praises for every specific, constructive correction.

•Honors the Game by respecting ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self).

Selection Process
The Double-Goal Coach Award Selection Committee will select Finalists & Winners of the Double-Goal Coach Award. Finalists are announced in February of 2015. They are then background checked and interviewed. The nationwide Winners are announced in March/April of 2015.

Winners of this prestigious national award receive $250 cash, a trophy, and recognition in PCA’s publications, website and media campaigns.

For more information about the program and nominations process, or if you need help, please click here to e-mail Sonja DeWitt >>.

WASUSA National Delegate Assembly & National Leadership Summit
November 6 - 9, 2014 - Phoenix, AZ

The 2014 WASUSA National Delegate Assembly (NDA) and National Leadership Summit will be held November 6-9, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Crowne Plaza - Phoenix Airport. This will mark the first NDA following our restructuring and the launch of our Regional Councils and Chapters representation. For more information, click here.

Rest In Peace Jon McCullough

The Executive Director of BlazeSports of America passed away recently after a brief battle with cancer. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at WASUSA are with Jon's family and all the folks at BlazeSports. We have lost a gentleman, a professional and an amazing advocate for disabled sports. RIP!

Results - 2014 National Junior Disability Championships 

Results from NJDC can be found under Calendar & Events > NJDC > 2014 NJDC! Or by clicking here.

2014 WASUSA Membership

...OR...                         Download the 2014 Membership Form and mail to WASUSA

 This year, we are excited to announce the following: membership benefits:


  1. For the first time, we are offering multiple-year national (full) memberships
  2. All national members will be eligible to receive a subscription to Sports 'n Spokes at a 40% discount
  3. For the first time, all national (full)  members will be eligible for a membership drawing.  Our Board of Directors is awarding  $250.00 to 20 lucky general members to start up an Athlete Development Fund.  (eligible parents, coaches, officials and patrons winning may transfer their winnings to an athlete)
  4. Those choosing recreational membership will now be able to sign up online in advance of their regional meet.


For more information on membership, please review the Membership Q&A information page.