While the benefits of interscholastic adapted sport programming are clear, how to realize that goal often isn’t. Local adoption can be a complicated process, often requiring years of coalition building, effective policy, and development work. Once this groundwork has been laid, the implementation phases can be just as intricate.

AAASP assists national, state, and local educational agencies with research in developing a framework for phased adoption. This structured approach is then coupled with the AAASP comprehensive training program, which allows administrators, coaches and officials to acquire the knowledge they need to be successful. The result is managed adoption while ensuring a standard of excellence.

AAASP was founded 20 years ago and has developed proven and successful program strategies to provide competitive interscholastic adapted team sport competition for students with physical disabilities.


  • Needs Assessment

    AAASP has developed a system for analyzing data and mapping (states, counties, districts) to help determine team makeup (combining schools within districts, districts within counties or counties within states) to ensure a competitive environment and sustainability of the program.

  • Resource Development

    AAASP can help your program by identifying local, state and national funding for sponsorship and grants from businesses and foundations to start and help sustain your program. We can help by providing a template for grant applications for the many organizations that are willing to help.

  • Educational Workshops

    AAASP provides educational workshops about the adapted sports programs that are available for students with physical disabilities, when the sports are offered and the schools role in providing these programs.

  • Coaches Education

    AAASP has developed a comprehensive training program for coaches that include manuals and mandatory training and certification.

    School adapted sports coaches receive instruction and training from AAASP, both in the team sports and individual sports, which include: the rules of play; implications of coaching students with various physical disabilities; safety guidelines; proper use of equipment; proper positioning; coaching philosophy, which fosters a process based outcome vs. outcome based environment; wheelchair handling techniques; fundamental skills and drills; individual and team goal setting; how best to incorporate power chair users in team play with manual chair users; and, strategy.

  • Officials Education

    AAASP prefers officials who have already been trained and certified by (state or local) athletic associations and are familiar with the comparable able-bodied sport. Officials are then given extensive training focusing on the safety of the athletes and the specific rules for each adapted game.

  • Implementation Timeline

    Whether a school district decides to start a new program with a single sport or to compete in all available sports, AAASP will be there to help implement the entire program. From the initial dream to competitive completion on the court, AAASP will be there to help facilitate the entire process.

  • Association Oversight

    Being part of the association allows schools to have access to professionals with over 20 years experience in competitive interscholastic adapted sports as well as a forum to communicate with other districts who may have common problems or issues. They will also have the opportunity to provide input into rules committees.