ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Adaptive Sports USA 2019 National Conference and Member Assembly will be held in Phoenix, AZ on November 10 – 12 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Phoenix Airport and the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center.

The Adaptive Sports USA 2019 National Conference and Member 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 is open to adaptive sports organizations large and small, and attracts experienced professionals as well as those new to the industry. While many of our 56 chapter members are present, you do not need to be a member to attend. Attendees typically include: coaches, recreational therapist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic directors, program administrators and leaders in adaptive sports organizations.

Top 3 Reasons You Should Attend The National Conference and Member Assembly:

  1. Learn. Gain practical skills in new sport areas, expand current programs, and evolve leadership methods.
  2. Network. Meet thought leaders in the industry, gather with fellow members, and dialogue with vendors.
  3. Be Inspired. Learn from the experiences of your peers, take advantage of proven avenues for success, and go home energized and motivated!

The National Delegate Assembly is now the National Member Assembly!

This means there will no longer be “delegates” voting on items that affect all members. We invite you to join us this year and gather at the table with your fellow members and be a part of the conversation. Your voice and your suggestions can make an impact on our national organization.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEU) OPTION

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.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL MEMBER ASSEMBLY

The National Delegate Assembly is now the National Member Assembly!

This means there will no longer be “delegates” voting on items that affect all members. We invite you to join us this year and gather at the table with your fellow members and be a part of the conversation. Your voice and your suggestions can make an impact on our national organization.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL MEMBER ASSEMBLY

The Adaptive Sports USA National Member Assembly (NMA) is held annually. The 2019 NMA will occur Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the conference site.  The following Adaptive Sports USA official business will occur at the NMA:

  1. Provide a venue for discussion and feedback amongst members, staff and the Board of Directors;
  2. Review of the reports of the organization;
  3. Discuss the strategic goals and objectives of the organization;
  4. Elect the chapter member representative of the Board of Directors as such vacancies occur.

WHO MAY ATTEND

The NMA is open to all.  We particularly stress attendance for current chapter and individual members of Adaptive Sports USA, our Board and committee members. Adaptive Sports USA encourages attendance and participation from these representatives to ensure a diverse voice.

GET INVOLVED!

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 Conference Manager, Kimberly Goodrich at conference@adaptivesportsusa.org or 970.596.2683. Financial and in-kind support is needed and greatly appreciated to make this event a success! Connect with Kimberly today!

ADAPTIVE SPORTS USA NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND MEMBER ASSEMBLY SCHEDULE

For planning purposes, the skeleton schedule is noted below. A more detailed schedule can be downloaded using this link:

Adaptive Sports USA 2019 National Conference and Member Assembly Schedule

Sunday, November 10

Adaptive Sports USA Board meeting, Adaptive Sports USA Junior Committee meeting, Adaptive Sports USA National Member Assembly, early evening check-in, registration, welcome reception and general session.

Monday, November 11

All day conference breakout sessions

Tuesday, November 12

All day conference breakout sessions, closing session with keynote by Paralympic Silver Medalist John Register.

Wednesday, November 13

Continuation of certifications.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED – YOU CAN REGISTER ONSITE!

Please note the registration fees and deadlines listed below. Questions on the registration process? Contact conference@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, Sunday Welcome event, Monday lunch onsite, and Tuesday lunch onsite. For those attending the National Member Assembly and meetings on Sunday, lunch will also be provided onsite.

 

Student (must present current student id at check-in. Code can be obtained through communication to conference@adaptivesportsusa.org)  $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$200.00

(Interested in the $75 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 conference@adaptivesportsusa.org with interest.

 

Additional Fees:

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

Late Registration fee October 21 – November 4 + $50
Onsite Registration fee November 10-12 + $75

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

USA Archery Level 1 and Level Certification Course+ $150

Range Safety Officer Course + $143

Adaptive Sports Abuse Prevention Train the Trainer Course + $0*

*The cost of this course is being covered by a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Important Dates and Deadlines:

September 3 – October 20, 2019: Registration Open

Now through October 20, 2019 or sell out: Hotel room block open

October 21 – November 4: Late Registration

October 25: Speaker presentations due to conference@adaptivesportsusa.org for online display.

November 5-9: Registration closed. Join us onsite.

November 10-12: Onsite Registration

REGISTER NOW!

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.

 

Transfers:

 All transfers must be requested no later than the late registration deadline to
conference@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.

 

Refunds:

 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
to conference@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.

 

FAQS

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

Login to our Eventbrite account and follow the 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 & Member Assembly, who should I contact?

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

LODGING

CONFERENCE HOTEL

Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport

4300 East Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ 85034

The Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel is the host hotel of the Adaptive Sports USA 2019 National Conference and Member Assembly. Located less than 1 mile from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the conference hotel offers convenience, comfort and exceptional service. Amenities include complimentary fitness center, mini refrigerators in all rooms, complimentary 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 20, 2019, or until sold out, at a discounted rate of $129.00 plus tax. New for 2019, this rate includes a full hot breakfast each day for two persons per room. 

ADA rooms are available, please email Monica Perez at mperez@hmchospitality.com to make any special lodging arrangements at the conference hotel. 

Book your room here: Adaptive Sports USA National Conference and Member Assembly

AIRPORT & TRANSPORTATION

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 at 44th and Washington.

COMPLIMENTARY HOTEL SHUTTLE

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

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.

RENTAL CARS

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

COMPLIMENTARY VENUE SHUTTLE

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 Monday and Tuesday.  This will be to and from the host hotel and Ability360.  It will not run continuously throughout the day.

Transportation to and from the host hotel and Ability360 on Sunday will be via light rail. The stops include 44th/Washington in front of the Crowne Plaza and 50th/Washington at Ability360.

SESSIONS

We are thrilled to showcase over thirty diverse sessions and speakers from across the country.  A brief list is included here. A complete list of sessions, their overviews and objectives, speakers and speaker bios will be included in the event program.  

 

Changing the Game for Athletes: Trends, Reports, and the Goal of Ending Abuse in Sport

Eric Barreras, Training and Technical Assistance Manager| U.S. Center for SafeSport 

 

Nonprofit Leadership

Kim Easton, President and CEO| National Sports Center for the Disabled 

 

Successful Sponsorships

Mia Hansen, CFEE, Executive Director and Founder| Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports

 

Risk Management in Adaptive Sports Planning and Execution

Dave Tostenrude, MPA,Director National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Dept. of Veteran Affairs

Ken Lee, MD, Chief SCI/D Service, Milwaukee VA Center| Dept. of Veteran Affairs

Jen Purser, MBA, Senior Assoc. Director Sports and Recreation| Paralyzed Veterans of America

 

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Linda Mastandrea, Director Office of Disability Integration and Coordination

Federal Emergency Management Agency

 

VA Adaptive Sports Grant Program

Allison Pruziner, PT, DPT, ATC, Clinical Program Manager, National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events | Veterans Health Administration

 

Developing a Lasting Partnership with a Community Organization

Joyce Casey, CTRS, Recreation Therapist | Veterans Health Administration

Micaela Venus, CTRS, Program Director | Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA)

 

Community Communication

Elizabeth Simons, Community Program Coordinator | Row New York

 

Introduction to Power Soccer

Barb Peacock, MEd, Secretary General | Federation of Powerchair Football Association 

Tony Jackson, Power Soccer Athlete/Coach and Broadcaster | Ability360

Gabe Trujillo, Power Soccer Athlete | Arizona Heat

David Trujillo, Power Soccer Coach | Arizona Heat

 

Effects of Stress on Athletic Injury and Performance

Sara Beaudry-Wiltse, MSS, LAT, ATC, Competition Program Manager| National Ability Center

 

USTA Net Generation Wheelchair Tennis and Adaptive Tennis

Jason Allen, USPTA, PTR, USTA High Performance, Manager Wheelchair and Technical

United States Tennis Association (USTA)

Mackenzie Soldan, Professional Athlete| USTA

Yasmine Osborn, Manager Diversity and Inclusion| USTA 

 

Rowing as Rehabilitation and Community

Tara Morgan, US Rowing Level II Coach, Executive Director, Founder & Head Coach

Seize the Oar Foundation

 

Adaptive Sports Core Competencies

Karolyne Bell, MA, CTRS, Manager Adaptive Sports Programs| BlazeSports America, Inc.

Thomas Shipeck, MS, CARSS I, Coordinator Adaptive Sports and Recreation Programs | BlazeSports America, Inc.

 

Finding Sport Solutions utilizing 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Additive Manufacturing

Mark Muller, MS, CPO, FAAOP, Department Chair

CSUDH Master Program for Orthotics and Prosthetics

 

Track and Field – Meet Management

Phil Galli, Adaptive Track and Field Chair| ATFUSA

Paul Johnson, Meet Manager| Adaptive Sports USA

Kevin Crytzer, Meet Manager| ATFUSA

Co SAMS Developer| Adaptive Sports USA

 

Fit for the Patients: Prosthetic Applications in Sports Medicine

David Vowels, ABC Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist| Hanger Clinic

 

Understanding Sport Specific Orthotics and Prosthetics for the Standing Athlete

Jennifer Lucarevic, PT, Instructor | CSUDH Master Program for Orthotics and Prosthetics

Mark Muller, MS, CPO, FAAOP, Department Chair

CSUDH Master Program for Orthotics and Prosthetics

 

NFHS Inclusion Update

Lindsey Atkinson, Director of Sports Programs

National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

Bev Vaughn, Co-Founder and Executive Director

American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP)

 

What’s in a Name? Using Language to Promote Disability Inclusion

Cliff Cook, MS-Recreation, Sports & Tourism, Associate Director of Athletics and Recreation Lakeshore Foundation

 

Transitioning from Playing High School Adaptive Sports to Playing College Adaptive Sports

Cindy Housner, Founder and Executive Director| GLASA

Meet Director  Great Lakes Games 

 

Research Panel Discussion

Moderated by Ronald W. Davis, PhD, CAPE, CDSS, Emeriti Professor

Ball State University School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology

Research Chair

National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID)

Editor, Research Applications| PALAESTRA Journal

Poster and Podium presentations to include:

Fitness Assessment for Athletes Who Use Wheelchairs – Kelly Bonner

Impact on Beliefs, Attitudes, and Intentions following a Disability Sport Class – Michelle Ferrer

Pipeline of Opportunity: Collegiate Adapted Sports – Abby Fines

Factors Influencing Speed of Collegiate Wheelchair Basketball Players – Jessica Garcia

Considerations, Challenges, Strategies and Impacts of Adapted Sports and Physical Activity for Wounded Veterans – Charlie P. Katica & Parker Ayers

Athletes Perceptions Regarding the Value of Quad Rugby Participation – Susan Lydick

Understanding Motivations for Participation in Adaptive Sports – Nickolas Pryor

Preparation for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games – Danielle R. Thompson & Cindy K. Piletic

For the first time we are offering certification opportunities as part of the Adaptive Sports USA 2019 National Conference and Member Assembly. These classes will all start at 8am on Tuesday the 12th and carry over to Wednesday the 13th. To register for these courses please choose them during your conference registration, in addition to the regular conference registration.

USA Archery Level 2 Instructor Certification Course

The Level 2 Archery Instructor Certification Course includes the Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course and provides students with an introduction to the National Training System (NTS) Steps of Shooting for recurve and compound, equipment and accessory setup, athlete development and events as well as qualifies students to teach the Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course. This course is approximately 12 hours.  There is no pre-requisite. Cost: $150

Certification Period: Three years from the date of course completion.

Certification Requirements: 

Membership in USA Archery or NFAA

USA Archery Background Screening

SafeSport Training

Course is taught by Randi Smith, Level 4 Archery Coach and Jeff Fabry, USA Archery Level 4 Coach

 

Adaptive Sports Abuse Prevention Train-the-Trainer Program

This 16-hour certification program will qualify you to teach the ASAP curriculum in your organization and to other adaptive sports programs in your area. After successful completion of the 2-day train-the trainer program, you’ll have access to copyrighted curriculum materials, technical assistance, and an evaluation survey that was developed by an outside research organization. The requirement for recertification is an annual 90-minute webinar. You can view a flyer for the class here; and a detailed overview of the curriculum can be found here.

This course is offered free of charge through a Direct Effect Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Course is taught by Meg Stone, MPH, Executive Director and Shay Orent, Program Coordinator, of IMPACT Boston, an abuse prevention and empowerment self-defense program that is a part of the disability service and advocacy organization Triangle. Meg led a team of adaptive sports athletes and abuse prevention educators to create the ASAP (Adaptive Sports Abuse Prevention) Curriculum, which is designed to educate coaches and volunteers of adaptive sports organizations on how to recognize and prevent sexual abuse.

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer! Your generous donation of time is appreciated and helps keep this conference affordable. 

You can catch a session or two while proctoring, network while helping with lunch, or share your talent for photography!

Sign up here today! 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 view the packet linked below or contact Conference Manager Kimberly Goodrich at conference@adaptivesportsusa.org or 970.596.2683.

ASUSA Conference Sponsorships

ABOUT ADAPTIVE SPORTS USA

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 empower individuals with a disability through access to competitive sport(s) opportunities.

Adaptive Sports USA would like to thank the local support of our chapter member Arizona Disabled Sports and the City of Mesa.
We are thrilled to showcase the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center as the venue host.

OUR SPONSORS & PARTNERS

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

ABOUT ARIZONA DISABLED SPORTS

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.

ABOUT ABILITY360 SPORTS & FITNESS CENTER

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

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CONTACT

General Inquiries and Sponsorship
conference@adaptivesportsusa.org