Wheelchair Basketball

PROGRAM DETAILS

Wheelchair basketball is basketball adapted for those with physical disabilities.

WHO

A person must have a permanent lower extremity disability that precludes them from playing competitive stand up basketball. Wheelchair basketball is intended for a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, lower extremity amputation, cerebral palsy, and permanent joint disorders. It is NOT required that the participant uses a wheelchair for everyday mobility. There are many ambulatory (walking) participants that participate in wheelchair basketball.

October- March

Weekly Practices: Wednesdays, 6-8pm

October 16, 23

November 6, 13

December 4, 11, 18

January 8, 15, 22, 29

February 5, 12, 19, 26

March 11, 18, 25

There is no participation fee. Adaptive Sports Iowa provides a sports wheelchair to all participants.

WHERE

Western Hills Elementary- 600 39th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Join the Iowa Renegade Wheelchair Basketball Facebook page for details.

IOWA RENEGADE TEAM INFORMATION

ADAPTIVE SPORTS IOWA IS THE PROUD ORGANIZER OF IOWA RENEGADE WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL 

ELIGIBILITY
In order to be eligible to take part in practices and compete all participants to be have an ambulatory disability (physical disability limiting lower limb movement)
Practices are open to all skill levels.

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL INFORMATION AND RULES

Wheelchair basketball is a sport that has grown immensely in the United States and around the world. Many countries have leagues and national Paralympic teams.

Rules
Wheelchair basketball adapts the majority of its rules from the official NCAA basketball rule book. Modifications are made for dribbling. For example, “travelling” in wheelchair basketball occurs when the athlete touches their wheels more than twice after receiving or dribbling the ball. The majority of the aspects of the game of basketball are retained such as a 10-foot basketball hoop and standard basketball court size.

Classification
Because disability is complex and affects each individual differently, a classification system has been implemented in competition to level the playing field between teams. The classification system evaluates the functional abilities of players on a point scale of 1 to 4.5. Minimally disabled athletes are classified as a 4.5, and an individual with the highest degree of disability (such as a paraplegic with a complete injury below the chest) would have the classification of 1.0. Competitions restrict the number of points allowable on the court at one time. The five players from each team on the court during play may not exceed a total of 12 points.

Wheelchair design
Basketball wheelchairs, also known as sports chairs, are specifically designed wheelchairs for activity. Basketball chairs have wheels that are angled outward so that the center of gravity has to move a greater distance before it tips the chair making it much safer for play. The chairs are also designed with tip bars making it difficult to tip backwards, an adjustable lap belt to better secure the user to the chair, and footplate with a guard to increase physical safety.

 


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Two teams playing wheelchair basketball


Man passing the ball

 

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