a-z of sport: Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball retains most major rules and scoring of basketball, maintaining a 10-foot basketball hoop and standard basketball court.

boy playing wheelchair basketball

The exceptions are rules which have been modified with consideration for the wheelchair. For example, "travelling" in wheelchair basketball occurs when the athlete touches his wheels more than twice after receiving or dribbling the ball. The individual must pass, bounce or shoot the ball before touching the wheels again.

Wheelchair basketball is a very popular sport and embraces a wide range of different disabilities. The are over 65 teams in the National Wheelchair Basketball League. There are also programmes specifically for women and juniors and in some divisions, able bodied players are eligible to compete too.

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