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Wheelchair Basketball Disabled Basketball

Updated on June 27, 2011

What is Wheelchair Basketball?

Wheelchair basketball is a sport based around basketball but is designed for disabled people in wheelchairs. Wheelchair basketball is one of the major disabled sports played. It is estimated that over 100,000 people play wheelchair basketball whether at recreational level or national team members.

The governing body for Wheelchair Basketball is IWBF - The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation.

The sport is growing and sees quite a lot of competition and interest and is part of the Paralympic Games and there is also a Gold Cup 2 years after the Paralympics.

The best national teams include Canada, Australia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil,Japan and the Netherlands.


The rules of Wheelchair Basketball are quite similar to normal basketball but there are some rules that are modified for wheelchairs and some places have slightly different sets of rules.

E.g. Travelling in wheelchair basketball is when a player touches his wheels more than twice, after touching his wheels twice the player has to pass, bounce or shoot before touching their wheels again otherwise it is a foul.

Wheelchair basketball is played on a full size basketball court with the same scores for a basket and the same 10' hoop.

Wheelchairs must not exceed the height of 21' from the floor and there are various other rules about the type of wheelchairs that can be used.

In Wheelchair Basketball the wheelchair is considered part of the player so you often see wheelchairs charging into each other which is quite exciting!

More detailed rules

Wheelchair basketball being played at the Beijing Olypmics. From
Wheelchair basketball being played at the Beijing Olypmics. From

It is a Great Sport

I don't play however I have great respect for the people who play this game. It is a very exciting sport and a really good one too. When you see what some of these people can do in wheelchairs it is amazing! Also players often fall over but they just get up straight away even though they have disabilities unlike football players!

It is a really hard sport to play and yet some of the players are absolutely fantastic and are so fast, so brave and so skilful it is unbelievable. It is also a great sport as it shows that just because you might be disabled does not mean you can have fun and be active!

Watch the videos below to see just a sample of what the sport is like.


So there you go you now know some of the basic information about wheelchair basketball. I think it really is a fantastic sport and should be more widely played!  

It just proves that even though some people might be disabled they can still achieve more than people who are not disabled.  These guys are like 10 times better than me at basketball!

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      olatunji nojeem lawal 7 years ago

      Hello my dear in the lord i am olatunji lawal by name.. i am a disable guy i am 23 year old i play wheelchairbasketball in nigeria.. i am national player of my country.. but deul to economic sitaution of my country thing are not going on will.. now i really need a club that can manage me.. i can do more than three event.. my classification number is 1.5.. my condition is polio.. please i really need an invitation letter to surpport my document here in nigeria.. pleas i really need your help may allmigth God grant you your haert desire in the name of the lord Amen.. here is my contact email

      yours fathfully