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Wheelchair basketball is played with the same size basketballs and same height ring as running basketball and shares many other similarities. The main difference is that players are only allowed to push the wheels twice before having to dribble. By placing all players into wheelchairs and utilising classifications Wheelchair Basketball allows participants with a huge range of disabilities to take part.

At a National or International level of competition players are assigned points as their classification – 1, 2, 3, and 4 are the recognized classes, with 0.5 classes inbetween for those exceptional cases which do not fit exactly into one class, and the 4.5 category for the player with the least or minimal disability.

National

Western Australia is represented by the Be Active Perth Wheelcats in the National Wheelchair Basketball League, and by the Be Active Western Stars in the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League.

Australia has a proud history of Wheelchair Basketball at an international level and thus many Paralympians and international representatives can be seen in action during NWBL and WNWBL games.

State

In Western Australia we have a very strong state level competition which plays two seasons a year. The State League is open to players of all abilities and ages, and caters for social players/teams as well as more competitive ones.

Able bodied participants are welcome to participate in the State Wheelchair Basketball League. All games are played at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Mirrabooka on week nights.

Junior

There are two programs that cater for Junior participants in WA, the Junior Wheelchair Basketball Program (JWB) and the Melville Transition Program (MTP). The JWB Program is for aspiring young wheelchair basketballers and provides more advanced coaching and technical training, in a fun social environment. Traditionally the Juniors also participate as a team in the Wheelchair Basketball State League.

The MTP has a more social focus, with a greater emphasis on fun than the JWB, and is less skill and technically focused. This program operates out of Leisurefit Melville.

Many participants enjoy both of these programs, and both can be suitable for new young members.

These programs are suitable for kids aged approximately 13-18.

For more information on any of the above please contact Wheelchair Sports WA on (08) 6143 5800 or email hayden@wheelchairsportswa.org.au

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