What’s in the Game?

ThinkstockPhotos-79073918Show your stuff in the most popular of all wheelchair team sports: wheelchair basketball! Wheelchair basketball is now played in more than 80 countries around the world. It was one the original sports in the Summer Paralympic Games held in Rome in 1960. The sport has steadily increased in popularity in Canada since being introduced in 1947, and Team Canada remains a powerhouse on the international scene. Here in Canada, men’s, women’s, junior and mixed teams from all provinces are all able to compete at recreational, competitive, and elite levels. 

Wheelchair basketball retains the scoring of basketball and is played on a regulation sized basketball court with 10-foot rims and has minor modification to taking into consideration the unique abilities of wheelchair athletes.   

Athletes Classification

Above the recreational level, wheelchair basketball uses a classification system to ensure participation for people with different levels of functional ability. The point scale runs from 1 to 4.5 at one-half scale increments. An athlete with a classification of 1.0 would have the highest degree of disability while 4.5 would have the least (or none). The classification system allows both able-bodied and disabled participants to play together. In competition, teams are restricted to a total of 14 or 15 points on the court at one time depending on league or international rules.


Alberta is home to a division of the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League. Currently there are six teams participating in the league from cities around Alberta and Saskatchewan. For more information on teams, contact Wheelchair Sports Alberta at wsa1@telus.net

To see a current list of clubs affiliated with WSA

To get involved as an athlete