Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball is a high contact Paralympic team sport typically played by male and female athletes with various physical disabilities and follows most of the typical basketball rules with slight rule variations and adaptive equipment. Players are only allowed to push twice before dribbling the ball or resting the ball in their lap otherwise a travel violation is called and a player cannot use the wheelchair to smash into an opponent – this is a foul as the wheelchair is considered a part of the player. 

The court dimensions and basketball height are the same as the able-bodied version, as is the playing time and number of players on court and follows the same scoring structure. 

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is the national governing body of the sport. 

For more information about Wheelchair basketball and how to get involved, please contact the CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex at (561) 966-7088. 

Other resources:

International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)