Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Health, Physical Education and Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. Frank A. Brasile


The purpose of the study is to investigate the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Wheelchair Basketball Skills Test. The purpose was to determine a comparable relationship between the PVA/NWBA Wheelchair Basketball Skills Test and the skill level judgment of the experts and novices ranking. The study examined the wheelchair basketball skills of 90 athletes who attended the PVA/NWBA National Basketball Camp in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1997. Of the 90 participants, 24 athletes (n=24) were observed by and ranked on a scale of high, average or low for their overall ability in the sport of wheelchair basketball. These rankings were compared to the rankings that each individual earned taking the PVA/NWBA Wheelchair Basketball Skills Test. The three: skills test, experts, and novice, rankings were then compared to the data. The results of the study indicated the experts agreed 70.8% of the time with the PVA/NWBA skills test and the novices agreed with the test 73.9%. Reliability coefficients were determined as .7427. The win/loss standings of the individual teams also were recorded and indicated that using the PVA/NWBA skills test to divide the athletes into equally competitive teams was an effective tool. From the results of the study the following conclusions were made: 1) the PVA/NWBA skills test was an adequate assessment to administer as an instrument describing basketball proficiencies of basketball athletes; 2) it was confirmed successful in evenly distributing the abilities of the athletes into equally competitive teams.


A Thesis Presented to the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1998, Angel A. Jibben