Plymouth Raiders Wheelchair Basketball
We currently have a mixture of ages ranging from 12 to 55 years old, with both male and female playing. The club is always looking to increase participation numbers within disability sports and get more people involved with playing wheelchair basketball.
The club train and play games at the University of St Mark & St John and have done for the past couple of seasons. The facilities are fantastic and are constantly being reviewed and improved to help with accessibility.
The team currently train on a Thursday night between 7 and 8pm (all welcome) and 8 to 9pm team session (invite only).
Who can play wheelchair basketball?
Both able bodied and disabled people can play wheelchair Basketball. People of all ages and experience are welcome to join our club.
All Wheelchair Basketball players are classified according to their individual disability or physical impairment
Wheelchair basketball, based on the sport of basketball, introduces some adaptations to reflect the use of the wheelchair in the game, and to harmonize the different levels of disabilities players have.
All teams which compete above a recreational level use a classification system to evaluate the functional abilities of players on a point scale of 1 to 4.5. Minimally disabled athletes are classified as a 4.5, and an individual with the highest degree of disability (such as a paraplegic with a complete injury below the chest) would have the classification of 1.0. In places where teams are integrated, non disabled athletes compete as either a 4.5 in Canada or a 5.0 in Europe. Non-disabled athletes are not allowed to compete internationally.
Classification is an international regulation for playing wheelchair basketball, where competitions restrict the number of points allowable on the court at one time. The five players from each team on the court during play may not exceed a total of 14 points.
There are also allowances for first year players, junior players and female players.
- 12 to 16 years old
- 17 to 25 years old
- 26 to 64 years old
- Cerebral palsy
- Mobility issues
- Physical disabilities
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