The Adaptive Sports USA 2018 National Conference and Delegate Assembly will be held in Phoenix, AZ on November at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Phoenix Airport and the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center.

The Adaptive Sports USA 2018 National Conference and Delegate Assembly is a national training, education and networking opportunity open to all professionals and students involved in or wanting to learn more about adaptive sports. The event provides a venue for professionals to share best practices and current trends in the movement.

Reasons to attend the Adaptive Sports USA National Conference and Delegate Assembly:

  • Network with your peers.
  • Choose from over two dozen sessions.
  • Learn practical tips and strategies.
  • Share best practice and lessons learned.
  • Hear dynamic opening and closing speakers.
  • Meet diverse and dedicated adaptive sports professionals from across the nation.


A “Certificate of Attendance” will be offered to all attendees that register for CEU’s. The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), a Higher Learning Commissions (HLC) accredited institution, following the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) Standards will be issuing these certificates through Adaptive Sports USA. Although these CEU’s are not pre-approved, the Adaptive Sports USA National Conference has carefully followed all of UCO’s CEU guidelines to make this option credible. It is up to the attendee to attend applicable sessions and keep all conference materials as supportive documentation. An electronic certificate will be sent to attendees electing CEUs within two months of completion of conference.

The total number of CEUs available during the conference will be posted alongside the session descriptions on this website, and will be available for registration and payment.


The Adaptive Sports USA National Delegate Assembly (NDA) is held annually. The 2018 NDA will occur Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the conference site.  The following Adaptive Sports USA official business will occur at the NDA:

  1. Review of the reports of the Board of Directors, staff, and committees;
  2. Action on all matters related to the membership of Adaptive Sports USA in accordance with provisions of its Constitution and Bylaws; and,
  3. Action on all proposals to amend the Adaptive Sports USA Constitution of Bylaws, if needed.


The NDA is open to all current members of Adaptive Sports USA; however, only delegates, as defined below, may vote on official organization business. Adaptive Sports USA encourages attendance and participation from a minimum of one delegate from each member organization to ensure a diverse voice.

Delegates are defined as representatives from each member organization of Adaptive Sports USA: National Governing Bodies, Regional Point Organizations, Sport Technical Committees as well as Officers and members of the Board of Directors.



We invite you to make an impact through a sponsorship pledge for this year’s event. For more information about this and other sponsor and partner opportunities, please contact Executive Director, Susan Rossi atdirector@adaptivesportsusa.orgor 719.439.3823. Financial and in-kind support is needed and greatly appreciated to make this event a success! Connect with Susan today!


A detailed schedule will be available closer to the conference date.  For planning purposes, please note the following skeleton schedule:


Wednesday, November 7

Evening conference check-in, registration and poolside social

Thursday, November 8

All day conference breakout sessions, Adaptive Track and Field Committee meeting, Evening social and awards reception

Friday, November 9

All day conference breakout sessions, Adaptive Sports USA Junior Committee meeting, evening Adaptive Sports USA Board meeting

Saturday, November 10

Adaptive Sports USA National Delegate Assembly and Sanctioned Event Director meeting



Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport

4300 East Washington St

Phoenix, AZ 85034

The Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel is the host hotel of the Adaptive Sports USA 2018 National Conference and Delegate Assembly. Located less than 1 mile from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the conference hotel offers convenience, comfort and exceptional service. Amenities include a complimentary fitness center, mini refrigerators in all rooms, complementary internet throughout the hotel, complimentary airport transportation and/or valet parking for guests and a full-service restaurant and lounge.


A room block for conference attendees is now available through October 17, 2018, or until sold out, at a discounted rate of $124.00 plus tax.

ADA rooms are available within the room block and obtainable through the online registration system. If you have trouble, please email Beth Matthews at bmatthews@hmchospitality.com to make any special lodging arrangements at the conference hotel. 

Book your room at: Adaptive sports USA National Conference & Delegate Assembly Lodging.


Sky Harbor International Airport is one mile from the Crowne Point Plaza Hotel and less than 3 miles from the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center. The Crowne Point Plaza offers a 24-hour complimentary shuttle to and from Sky Harbor Airport or, if preferred, the Sky Train stops directly in front of the hotel.


If choosing transportation to or from the hotel, please note the following:

-For inbound flights, the shuttle is on demand.  Once you land and retrieve your baggage, call 602-273-7778 and inform the front desk agent what airline you have flown in on and they will direct you to the pickup location.

-For outbound flights, the shuttle leaves the hotel every 15 minutes on the quarters of the hour between 5-8 am.  After 8 am, the shuttle leaves every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour.


Accessible airport transportation may be arranged to and from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Crowne Point Plaza by calling Yellow Cab at 480-888-8888 or visiting Yellow Cab HERE.  Upon receipt, the hotel front desk will reimburse those needing accessible transportation.


All major rental car companies are also available from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and complementary valet parking is available at the conference hotel.


A complimentary conference venue shuttle will be available on specific timetable to include approximately one hour prior and post the 1st and last event of the day on Thursday and Friday as well as for those staying Saturday for the National Delegate Assembly.  This will be to and from the host hotel and Ability360.  It will not run continuously throughout the day.



Please note the registration fees and deadlines listed below. Questions on the registration process? Contact nationaloffice@adaptivesportsusa.org. Discount codes will be given to chapter members, committee/Board members and speakers one week prior to the launch of registration.


Conference fees include two full days of networking and education, an event program, Thursday lunch onsite, Thursday evening awards reception and Friday lunch onsite. For those attending the National Delegate Assembly and Event Directors meeting on Saturday, lunch will also be provided onsite.


Student (must present current student id at check-in) $100.00

Adaptive Sports USA Members of the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs$100.00

Adaptive Sports USA Members and Chapter Representatives$125.00

Non-Adaptive Sports USA Members$175

(Interested in the $50 discount by becoming a member? Signup online at https://adaptivesportsusa.org/membership. Once signed up, email Shelli at nationaloffice@adaptivesportsusa.org for the member code)

Speakers – $0

Scholarships – Please note scholarships may be available for professionals within the VA Medical Centers, Veteran Service Organizations and military installations as they last. Contact Susan Rossi at 719-439-3823 with interest.

Non-conference Thursday evening awards social and reception$50

(included for those registered for the conference)


Additional Fees:

Continuing Education Certificate of Attendance + $30
Option to become an Adaptive Sports USA Member + $50

Late Registration fee October 21 – November 3 + $50
Onsite Registration fee November 7-10 + $75

* Please note you will receive a hand written credential onsite.


Important Dates and Deadlines:

September 1 – October 20, 2018: Registration Open

October 17, 2018 or if sold out: Hotel room block closed

October 21 – November 3: Late Registration

October 24: Speaker presentations due to nationaloffice@adaptivesportsusa.org for online display.

November 4-6: Registration closed. Join us onsite.

November 7-10: Onsite Registration


Registration Transfer and Refund Policies:

Are you registered but unable to attend the Adaptive Sports USA National Conference?
We have a couple of ways to help you out.



 All transfers must be requested no later the late registration deadline to
nationaloffice@adaptivesportsusa.org. No transfers will be granted after that date.

 A $25 administrative fee will be collected as part of the transfer request form.

 Registrations for Adaptive Sports USA members MUST be transferred to another
Adaptive Sports USA member only. Verification of membership will occur before transfer is completed.



 All refunds must be requested no later than the regular registration deadline to
nationaloffice@adaptivesportsusa.org. No refunds will be given after that date.

 Refund requests will be assessed a 50% forfeiture of the registration fee.

 Refunds will not be given for credit card fees paid while registering online.

 Refunds will be made to the original form of payment. If you did not pay your fee online, or we are unable to process the refund to your original payment method, you will be issued a refund check within 21 days after the conclusion of the event.

 A death in the registrants immediate family or hospitalization of the registrant within three weeks of the start of the event will receive a refund of the event registration fee minus a $25 administration fee. A refund request must be emailed
tonationaloffice@adaptivesportsusa.org with documentation supporting the refund request prior to the start of the event. Refunds requested due to death in the registrants immediate family or a hospitalization of a registrant within three weeks of the event will be made within 21 days after the conclusion of the event.

 Non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation, and will not receive a refund
regardless the circumstance.



Can I update my registration information?
Of course! You can update your own registration information if you have an Eventbrite account.

Follow these instructions. Changes must be made no later than the late registration deadline.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Nope! We will have your registration information when you check in.

I can’t attend, can I transfer my registration to someone else?

Yes, please read the transfer policy carefully:

A $25 administrative fee will be collected as part of the transfer request form.

-Registrations for Adaptive Sports USA members MUST be transferred to another Adaptive Sports USA member only.

Verification of membership will occur before transfer is completed.

Can I get a refund on my tickets?

Yes, please read our refund policy carefully:

-Refunds will be made to the original form of payment. If you did not pay your fee online, or we are unable to process the refund to your original payment method you will be issued a refund check within 21 days after the conference.

-Non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation, and will not receive a refund.

I’d like to provide monetary or in-kind support the Adaptive Sports USA National Conference & Delegate Assembly, who should I contact?

Please contact Susan Rossi, Executive Director at director@adaptivesportsusa.org, or call 719.439.3823.


*Subject to change including additions and deletions of this list. The final list of sessions will be available in the conference program and schedule released closer to the conference.


Adaptive Mind Body Yoga across the Continuum

Barbara Capone | Barrow Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Center

Elizabeth Moreno, CRT

Jordan Staenberg, OTR/L, CYT


An Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wheelchair Tennis

Jason Harnett, National Manager & Head Coach | USTA

Jo Wallen, Director – Adult Individual Play & Wheelchair Tennis | USTA


Archery Training for Para Athletes

Jeff Fabry, Paralympian/Coach | USA Archery

Randi Smith, Paralympian/Coach | USA Archery


Athletics for All: A Look at High School Inclusion

Sandy Searcy, Director of Sports | National Federation of State HS Assoc.


Bridging the Gap Between Research & Practice in Inclusive Sports Participation for Adaptive Athletes

Sara Olsen, Cofounder | Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance

Amanda Kloo, Assoc. Professor of Education | Belmont Abbey College


Coaching Success for the Seated Thrower

Scott Danberg, Paralympian & Coach

Phil Galli | Adaptive Track & Field USA & Adaptive Sports USA


Creating a Network of CP Soccer Teams Across the US

Ashley Hammond, Co-Founder | Cerebral Palsy Soccer Inc.


Creating & Sustaining a Youth Sports Continuum in YOUR Community

Gus LaZear, VP & General Manager | Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center

Liz Williams, Co-Founder & Exec Director | Junior Adaptive Athletes in Motion


Drill Progressions for Competitive Swimming

Kelly Crowley, Paralympian


Exploring Relationships Between Academics & Practitioners

Michael Cottingham, Associate Professor of Sport Mgmt | University of Houston

Ron Davis, Professor | Texas Women’s University

Josh Pate, Associate Professor | James Madison University

Michelle Ferrer, Assistant Professor | Eastern Connecticut State University

Andy Yao, Assistant Professor | San Francisco State University


Importance of Evaluation in Adaptive Sports

Mara Galic, Director of Operations | BlazeSports America, Inc

Ashley Fallaize, Manager of Training & Education | BlazeSports America Inc


Introduction to Classification

Pam Carey, Executive Director | Louisiana GUMBO Inc


Lesson Plans – Writing Goals & Objectives: Staying Accountable

Jamie Hoffman, Associate Professor | California State University, Sacramento


Long Jump Training

Randy Housner, Coach | Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA)

Dave Bogenschutz, Coach | Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association


National Veterans Wheelchair Games – Partnering to Change the Community

David Tostenrude, Director, National Veterans Wheelchair Games | Department of Veterans Affairs


Nuts & Bolts of the National Veterans Airgun Outreach Program

Tim Baumgarten, Law Enforcement & Sport Technical Rep | Arizona Game & Fish & Adaptive Sports USA

Taylor Wilson, Program Supervisor | Arizona Disabled Sports

Mark Grant, National Veterans Airgun Outreach Logistics Coordinator | Adaptive Sports USA


Phoenix VA: How to Develop a Successful Adaptive Sports Program Integrating Community Partners

Kayla Forster, Lead Recreation Therapist | Phoenix VA Health Care System


Preventing Sexual Abuse in Adaptive Sports: A Training Program for Staff & Volunteers

Meg Stone, IMPACT Executive Director | Triangle


Quality Coaching – Connecting the Dots for Full Sport Success

Chris Snyder, Direct Coaching, Coach Education | United States Olympic Committee


Show Me the Money: Getting the Money to Continue the Paralympic Journey

Kelly Crowley, Paralympian


Starting a Collegiate Adaptive Athletics Program

Jennifer Ruddell


The Integration of Adaptive Sport, Research & Advocacy

Jeff Underwood, President & CEO| Lakeshore Foundation


Three Plan Approach: Strategy, Communications, Fundraising

Janet Cobb, President | Janet Cobb Consulting


Trauma-Informed Coaching

Lizzie Simons, Community Program Coordinator | Row New York


Wheelchair Basketball

Jennifer Ruddell, Paralympian


Who’s Who in the National Disability Sport Organizations?

Susan Rossi, Executive Director | Adaptive Sports USA

Julia Ray, Program Director | Disabled Sports USA

Ashley Fallaize, Manager of Training & Education | BlazeSports America

Patrick Lawrence, Senior Programs Manager | Challenged Athletes Foundation


Working with State Agencies on School & Community Sport Programs

Joe Walsh, President | Adaptive Sports New England


Volunteer information coming soon!


We invite you to make an impact through a sponsorship pledge for this year’s event. For more information about this and other sponsor and partner opportunities, please contact Executive Director, Susan Rossi at director@adaptivesportsusa.org or 719.439.3823.


Adaptive Sports USA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.  Founded in 1956, Adaptive Sports USA is a national leader in promoting active, healthy lifestyles for youth and adults with a disability. The organization is a gateway to sanctioned regional and national competitions and provides access to global opportunities for its members through its role as the only United States member of the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation.

Collaboration on the local, national, and international level is a cornerstone of the organization’s approach. Adaptive Sports has a growing nationwide chapter network providing ongoing adaptive sport programs, events, and annual competitions as well as individual members.

Focusing on archery, athletics, powerlifting, shooting, swimming and table tennis, Adaptive Sports USA provides a robust regional and national infrastructure for each sport. The organization hosts Junior Nationals annually as well as sanctions over twenty regional and national events.  Adaptive Sports USA is a partner of the United States Olympic Committee, which recognizes the non-profit as a Multi-Sport Organization and works to develop national interest in sports.

 Our Mission is to engage, evolve, and empower individuals with a disability to be involved in adaptive sport through education, coaching and advocacy.

Adaptive Sports USA would like to thank the local support of our chapter members.
We are thrilled to showcase the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center as the venue host.


Thank you to our incredible sponsors and partners whose contribution made this event a success.


Adaptive Sports USA is appreciative of the local support of chapter member Ability360!  The Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center opened in October of 2011 to provide health, fitness and recreation programs to individuals with disabilities and their families. The spectacular center is co-located with the Ability360 Center in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to Ability360, eleven other disability services organizations call the Ability360 Center home.  Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center's mission is to provide exceptional adaptive sports, recreation, aquatic, and fitness programs that promote the independence, health, and overall well-being of people with disabilities and their family members.

For more information and a video tour go to www.ability360sports.org



Arizona Disabled Sports, (AzDS), is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a wide variety of sports and recreation programs for individuals with all types of disability. This can include, but is not to be limited to, development delay, orthopedic impairment, sensory deficit and/or neurological involvement. AzDS provides year-round sports training as well as recreational and social opportunities through the Team Mesa adaptive programs for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. In addition, sports and recreation opportunities are provided for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments through the Arizona Heat physically challenged programs. Arizona Disabled Sports is a Gold Level Paralympic Sport Club offering kayaking, bowling, cycling, wheelchair basketball, power soccer, track, field, archery, swimming, air pistol & rifle to individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. They host over 10 special events and clinics each year, one of the bigger events being Desert Challenge Games, which is a Grand Prix with World Para Athletics. Since the organization’s inception in 1989, AzDS has partnered with the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities, as well as Mesa Public Schools to assist in providing quality programs, special events, adaptive sports, and recreational programs to individuals with disabilities throughout the state of Arizona.  AzDS strives to “Let no one sit on the sidelines!”

Visitwww.arizonadisabledsports.com for further information.



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