The basic rules of wheelchair basketball are very similar to stand-up or able-bodied basketball. For example, the court dimensions, the height of the basket and the distance to the foul and three point lines, etc., are the same measurements as in the game of stand-up basketball. In 1964, basic international rules were adopted which included minor adjustments to meet the needs of the game in a wheelchair. Wheelchair basketball is designed for players with medically diagnosed disabilities affecting the players lower extremities.
In accordance with IWBF rules, a wheelchair basketball game consists of four 10 minute quarters. If the score is tied at the end of four quarters an overtime period of five minutes is played. If the score remains tied at the end of this period, additional overtime periods will be played until a winner is determined.
A player may push the wheelchair and bounce the ball simultaneously, however, if the ball is picked up and/or placed on the player’s lap, he or she is only allowed to push twice before being obligated to shoot, pass, or dribble the ball again. There is no double dribble rule in wheelchair basketball. A traveling violation occurs if the player takes more than two pushes while in possession of the ball without dribbling. A player with motor skills in his/her lower extremities is not allowed to touch the playing surface with his or her feet.
We have 4 competitive wheelchair basketball teams here in Kansas City that all play in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA).
Division 1- KC Predators
Division 3- Wheelhawks
Youth- KC Kings (prep/varsity)
In the NWBA there are 8 divisions (Prep, Varsity, Women's Collegiate, Men's Collegiate, Women's Adult, Men's Adult Division 1-3).
If you would like to join one of our teams in this exciting sport or become a sponsor, contact us today!
NWBA Divison 1
National Rank- #11
NWBA Division 3
National Rank- N/A
NWBA Junior (Prep/Varsity)
National Rank- N/A