Frequently Asked Questions / New Athlete Orientation

Are you new to Junior Nationals? Are you an independent athlete travelling without a team or simply want to know more? Please read on.

New to Jr. Nationals? Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals. On behalf of Adaptive Sports USA, the local organizing committee (LOC), and the adaptive sports community we welcome you!  This event can be overwhelming for new athletes, their parents, their family members, and their coaches.  We are here to help and want to engage with you!  Please glance through the information below and throughout this website and let us know how we can help you navigate your way through Junior Nationals.  The Event Director and Junior Committee Chair on the “contacttab and others listed can get you started and direct your inquiry appropriately.

Don’t be shy!

One of the best parts of Junior Nationals is the community.  Athletes bond with other athletes from around the country, often making lifelong friends. Parents share success stories and lessons learned from past experiences.  Coaches share best practices and sport expertise.  Joining this community is an important first step.  Ask questions.  Talk to others.  Introduce yourself and take advantage of the time to connect.  Stop in at registration and chat with a member of Adaptive Sports USA. If you are travelling solo, feel free to ask a team or other independent athlete to buddy up. Let us know if you need volunteer assistance at any time and don’t be shy.

Know the Rules and Requirements for Your Sport(s)

It is very important that each athlete, coach and parent have a knowledge of the rules and requirements for each sport in which an athlete is participating.  Knowledge regarding qualifying standards, equipment requirements, rules and regulations, etc. is very critical to avoiding issues and anxiety at the event.  Visit the “sport information” tab at http://www.adaptivesportsusa.org for more information. 

Orientation Meetings / Welcome Ceremony

There will be an orientation onsite for those with questions.  We welcome any new or returning athletes, coaches, and/or family members to attend these meetings to ask questions or to offer advice.  Please see the event schedule for date(s) and time(s).

A welcome ceremony will take place on Tuesday evening.  We invite all athletes to march in the Parade of Athletes that will be staged according to state of residence or training location.  Adaptive Sports USA will provide one of each state flag for the ceremony.

Meals

Each registrant may purchase a meal plan during the registration process.  Visit the “registration” tab for more information.  Additional meals for family members may be purchased during online registration as well.  Meals not listed on the event schedule are the responsibility of each registrant.

Closing Celebration

We invite you to conclude the week-long event at the closing celebration on Friday evening.  The celebration will highlight successes from the week and give one final chance for fun.  Tickets can be purchased during the registration process. If a theme exists for the celebration, it will be announced with final event information the week prior to competition.