What are the rules in wheelchair basketball? Are they the same as able-bodied basketball?

For the most part, the rules in wheelchair basketball are the same. Wheelchair basketball is played on a regulation-sized, hardwood basketball court. The lines are the same as you would see on a high school or college-sized court (i.e. free throw, three point line, etc.). Your wheelchair is considered part of your body, so a degree of contact is allowed when playing defense, setting a pick or boxing out for a rebound. For dribbling, traveling consists of pushing your chair three times without dribbling. So, for every dribble, you’re allowed to push twice. Major difference: double dribbling is allowed.

Because there are SO many FAQs about this great sport we put them all in one place for you. Our help desk’s Find Your Sport section contains information on getting started, the rules of play and organizations that can help. Under Invacare® Top End® Basketball Wheelchairs you can watch the 2012 Paralympic Gold Medal Game, find advice for new players from U of WI-Whitewater’s head coach Opie Lade and measurement tips if you are looking for a new basketball wheelchair.

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