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Wheelchair basketball is a fun, high tempo and very inclusive sport. With over 60 teams across the country, it’s one of the most popular disability sports in the UK.
The rules of wheelchair basketball are very close to those of basketball – although there are some differences.
Two teams of five players contest a match over four, 10-minute quarters.
This sport can be played by people with varying levels of disability, as well as able-bodied players too.
Players are classified by their functional capacity, and assigned a point score. This ranges between 1 and 4.5, with the higher points for players with the most functional capacity.
The aim of the game is to outscore the opposing team, by scoring as many goals as possible!
Goals are scored by getting the ball into the opposing team’s basket, either through 2 or 3 point field goals, or from 1 point free throws.
Wheelchair basketball is played using specially modified wheelchairs which are designed to be lighter.
Many clubs have spare chairs if you’re interested in trying out the sport, and can offer advice on buying your own chair too.
Wheelchair basketball is an extremely popular sport, with clubs up and down the country.
We’re proud to sponsor the Hampshire Harriers wheelchair basketball club, but you can find your nearest club here.
British Wheelchair Basketball is the UK governing body for the sport. You can find out more information by visiting its website.
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