Wheelchair Track & Field, USA 2014 Significant Rule Changes
>We have lowered the Masters’ age from 40 to 35 to be in line with other organizations. > We have better defined events for our dwarf athletes (classes T/F 40/41) and our intellectually impaired athletes (class T/F 20) in the junior age groups. These events are in addition to events on the IPC schedule and are meant to offer all of our athletes an opportunity to compete in various events.
> We have made starting blocks an option for the T11-T13 athletes and T20 athletes who are under the age of 14. However, it is recommended that coaches teach and encourage the use of starting blocks as early as possible. Note: For all other classes, Blocks are not required (for Juniors or Open).
>We have combined classes for the 1500M event for U16 and older age groups. This is to put the USA in line with the 1500M event at the IPC junior age group levels.
> We officially have added the 4X400M Relay event to the junior program. Although it was always listed as an event, the event was not clearly defined previously.
> Finally, the most significant changes for 2014 are the IPC changes in field.
· First, class F58 has been eliminated and all F58 athletes will compete as F57’s or move to a standing F4X class.
· Second, the seated throwing rules have officially changed so that all seated throws must be competed from a totally seated position (no leg/foot on the ground) with no lifting allowed.
This is explained better in our Officials rules course and our seated throwing chairpresentation, which are available online on the WASUSA website, www.wasusa.orgunder Sports/Athletics. The new rules define the size and specs of a throwing chair seat and holding bar as well as the position of the athlete in the chair as s/hecompletes.
· WTFUSA will hold clinics at most WASUSA meets this spring and entertain any questions via-e-mail so that all athletes and chairs are ready for the 2014 competition. It is our goal that no athlete comes to NJDC with an improper throwing technique or an illegal throwing chair.
Please do not hesitate if you have questions to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share your questions and chair pictures with the team so we can ensureyour athlete and chair are legal.
· With these changes the current records for classes F32-34 and F57-58 are being retired. New records will be set for these classes as they are competed.
Download the new rule summary here and get your copy of the new rulebook online after Monday, February 17th at WASUSA’s website at www.wasusa.org under Sports/Athletics. This year we have separated NJDC and Adult Nationals standards from the rulebook so be sure to download both documents.
Sincerely, Phil Galli WTFUSA Chairman
GEORGIA HAWKS WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL
Georgia Hawks is an Abilities awareness program in partnership with SEPVA and the Family Y. The GA Hawks Wheelchair Basketball School Awareness Program helps children better understand what it means and how it feels to be a young person with a disability. The educational program give students the opportunity to learn what is involved when someone has a disability and how they adapt to live life, go to school, or work, as independently as possible.The program offers: • Wheelchair basketball demonstrations • Meet and interact with the team’s players • Sit in a basketball chair and play the game • Learn inclusive skills • Enjoy and activity that will impact the students for a life time • Athletes answer questions regarding succeeding in life, living with a disability In addition to working with students within the community, the GA Hawks team is a newly registered team with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). Come check out one of the home games and support the team! All HOME games are played at the Augusta, GA Family Y.