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Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association

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What is Wheelchair Basketball?

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

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.

Benefits

As a player trains and practices, they tone and strengthen various muscles in the body while increasing stamina. Wheelchair football is a type of team sport that encourages communication between the players, improving one's social skills. Becoming better in the sport also helps increase confidence.

Involvement

Local clubs can be found by visiting the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association website.

Equipment

The following equipment will be required:
• Basket with a backboard
• Basketballs

To take part in a competitive match specific sport wheelchairs need to be used.

Facts

  • In 1995 wheelchair basketball celebrated its 50th anniversary. The game was first played in the USA when basketball players injured during World War II adapted the running game to four wheels in order to continue their enjoyment in sport and particularly team sport.

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