Sports Summary

Wheelchair basketball was one of the foundation sports on the Paralympic program in Rome, Italy, in 1960, and remains one of the most popular sports at the Paralympic Games.

To be eligible to compete, athletes must have have an objective and measurable permanent physical impairment in their lower limbs which prevents them from running, jumping and pivoting as an able-bodied player.

Players are assigned a point value from 1.0 to 4.5, and a team must not exceed 14.0 points for the five players on court. This ensures that each player has an integral role to play in the team structure, regardless of the degree of their impairment. Observed trunk movements and stability during actual basketball participation, not medical diagnosis, form the basis of player classification.

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Events & Disciplines

Men’s 12-team and women’s 10-team tournaments are contested at the Paralympic Games. Teams are drawn into two pools and the four highest placed teams in each group progress to the quarter-finals.

Classification

Who is eligible to compete in wheelchair basketball?

Athletes with a physical impairment affecting their lower limbs, including spinal cord injury, nerve damage, limb loss or deficiency and cerebral palsy

What are the classes?

Athletes are classified into one of eight classes, with classes ranging from 1.0 to 4.5 points. For more information, click here.

How do I get classified?

Request a classification here.

Rules & Equipment

Court

The field of play in wheelchair basketball is the same as Olympic basketball. It is 28 metres long and 15 metres wide, and for official national and international matches, a wooden floor is required.

Ball

The ball must be an approved single shade of orange with eight traditionally shaped panels and black seams. The outer surface is made of leather, synthetic leather, rubber or another synthetic material. Its circumference may be anywhere between 74.9cm and 78cm, and weigh 567 grams to 650 grams.

Wheelchair

The wheelchair has either three or four wheels – two large wheels at the back and one or two small wheels at the front. It may also have one or two anti-tip devices that use no more than two small castors attached to either the frame or rear axle. The tyres may be any colour as long as they do not mark the floor. All competition chairs must meet the specifications set by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation.

Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
2012 0 2 0 2
2008 1 0 1 2
2004 0 2 0 2
2000 0 1 0 1
1996 1 0 0 1
Joshua Allison

Joshua Allison

Wheelchair basketball

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Jannik Blair

Jannik Blair

Wheelchair basketball

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Adam Deans

Adam Deans

Wheelchair basketball

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Tristan Knowles

Tristan Knowles

Wheelchair basketball

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Bill Latham

Bill Latham

Wheelchair basketball

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Matt McShane

Matt McShane

Wheelchair basketball

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Brad Ness

Brad Ness

Wheelchair basketball

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Shaun Norris

Shaun Norris

Wheelchair basketball

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Tom O’Neill-Thorne

Tom O’Neill-Thorne

Wheelchair basketball

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Shawn Russell

Shawn Russell

Wheelchair basketball

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Tige Simmons

Tige Simmons

Wheelchair basketball

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Brett Stibners

Brett Stibners

Wheelchair basketball

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Meet the 2016 Paralympic Wheelchair basketball Team

For further information about this sport and how to get involved please contact the National or your State Federation below

Basketball Australia
australia.basketball

Basketball ACT
basketballact.com.au

Basketball NSW
bnsw.com.au

Basketball NT
nt.basketball.net.au

Basketball QLD
basketballqld.com.au

Basketball SA
basketballsa.com.au

Basketball TAS
tas.basketball.net.au

Basketball VIC
basketballvictoria.com.au

Basketball WA
basketballwa.asn.au