2019 was a fantastic year for WSA and Wheelchair Basketball in Alberta, with Team Alberta winning gold at the 2019 Canada Games. Join a program that develops excellence, from grassroots to Team Alberta, and try wheelchair basketball today!
What’s In the Game
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.
Click here for a full list of rules, and to learn more about wheelchair basketball and opportunities please visit IWBF and Wheelchair Basketball Canada to learn more.
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.
We are always looking for new athletes to come and try wheelchair basketball! From grassroots to Team Alberta we strive to provide an inclusive environment for all our athletes to excel in. Try wheelchair basketball at one of our Have – A – Go Days, or contact one of our staff to learn more about the sport and how to get involved.
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 our Technical Director
|Alberta Northern Lights Wheelchair Basketball Society|
|Inferno Wheelchair Basketball Society|
|Calgary Grizzlies Wheelchair Basketball Society |
|Calgary Rollers Wheelchair Basketball|
|Lethbridge Wheelchair Basketball Association|
|Grand Prairie Wolverines|
|Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport and Rec|