Sports Summary

Wheelchair basketball was one of the foundation sports at the first Paralympic Games in Rome, 1960.

Wheelchair basketball is open to athletes with a physical impairment. It is played indoors on a regulation basketball court. Players are assigned a point value from 1.0 to 4.5 depending on their level of impairment. Teams consistent of 5 players and must not exceed at total of 14.0 points on the court at any one time.

For more information on Wheelchair basketball Eligibility and How to Get Involved please see the Wheelchair basketball Information Sheet (PDF – 108KB) – updated August 2021.

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

Wheelchair basketball is open to athletes with a physical impairment. Athletes are required to submit medical reports and meet the minimum impairment criteria in order to compete. Eligibility is determine by trained Classifiers.

For more information on Eligible Impairments and Classification please see the Wheelchair basketball Information Sheet (PDF – 108KB) – updated August 2021.

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

YearGoldSilverBronzetotal
20120202
20081012
20040202
20000101
19961001

Contacts

We encourage those wishing to explore wheelchair basketball to contact their state federation in the first instance. The national federation link below provides information on the national high performance program leading to competing internationally and at the Paralympic Games.

National Federation
OrganisationWebsite
Basketball Australiaaustralia.basketball
State Federations
StateOrganisationWebsite
ACTBasketball ACTbasketballact.com.au
NSWBasketball NSWbnsw.com.au
NTBasketball NTbit.ly/Basketball-NT
QLDBasketball QLDbasketballqld.com.au
SABasketball SAbasketballsa.com.au
TASBasketball TASbasketballtasmania.com.au
VICBasketball VICbasketballvictoria.com.au
WABasketball WAbasketballwa.asn.au