The first national deaf basketball tournament was held in 1945. Today, USA Deaf Basketball (USADB) continues to coordinate annual national tournaments while sponsoring eight regional units, and hosts summer basketball camps for deaf youth. USADB is also responsible for the selection of national basketball teams to represent USADSF in the PanAm Games, World Championships, and the Deaflympics.

The USA's national basketball teams have always been dominant players on the international Deaf court. It started with a bronze medal win in the 1953 Summer Deaflympics, and turned into a 82-game Deaflympic winning streak where the US men won 14 straight gold medals. Since 1981, the US women have never come home without a medal.


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USADSF Spotlight with Noah - US Deaflympian, Ida Dotson

08 Jul 2020
"Play Ball" since 6 years old brings her a wealth of basketball experiences.
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USADSF Spotlight with Noah - USA Deaf Basketball Head Coach, Jimmy Newsome

28 May 2020
Find out how he led our US Deaf Basketball Team to our first World Deaf Championship last summer in Poland.

USA sails past Brazil to secure #1 seed

20 Jun 2012
The United States sailed past Brazil in the final game of the preliminary round, defeating the host country 91-38. With the win, USA secured the #1 seed entering the medal round.


United States of America Deaf Basketball

Past Participants

05 Dec 2021
Summer Deaflympics 2021
Caxias do Sul BRA