Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball

Welsh Wheelchair Basketball Association

Wheelchair Basketball is governed by British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB). The Welsh development programme is a partnership between BWB and Disability Sport Wales.

There is a Development Officer in place and contact details can be found at the bottom of the page.

There are a range of opportunities for you to get involved in Wheelchair Basketball in Wales and the information below will assist you in finding out more.

Classification

Wheelchair basketball classification is based on a player’s physical capacity to carry out fundamental basketball movements like pushing the wheelchair, dribbling, shooting etc.

To be eligible to play wheelchair basketball a player must have a permanent physical disability which reduces the function of the lower limbs to a degree where they cannot run, pivot or jump at the speed and with the control, safety, stability and endurance required to play running basketball.

Players are assigned a classification between 1.0 and 4.5 in half point increments. This classification value is the player's “playing points” on the court. At any given time in a game the total points assigned to a team of five players on court must not exceed 14.

 By having a system of player classification it ensures that the outcome of any game is directly related to the athletic ability and skill of players, not the degrees of impairment. There is no need to be classified before attending a club and you can find out more about classification when you get involved.

 

The image below will show you some of the conditions that are classifiable.

 

Clubs

There are currently 11 different club based opportunities across Wales. All clubs offer recreational sessions for a variety of ages.  Some offer competitive opportunities also.

All the clubs are actively seeking new members and you’ll get a friendly supportive welcome when you arrive. There are opportunities for a range of abilities including beginners so get in touch.

 

Contact details for can be found on the clubs section of the website

Club

Based

Recreational/Competitive

Anglesey Hawks

Holyhead

Play fixtures in the North Wales league.

Caernarfon Celts

Caernarfon

Play fixtures in the North Wales league.

Conwy Thunder

Penrhyn Bay

Play fixtures in the North Wales league.

Rhyl Raptors

Rhyl

Play fixtures in the North Wales league.

North Wales Knights

Regional

North Wales representative side that competes in BWB National league. Made up of players from 4 clubs above

West Coast Warriors

Aberystwyth

Compete in BWB National league

Mid Wales Meteors

Welshpool

Recreational

Pembrokeshire Hurricanes

Haverfordwest

Recreational

Swansea Storm

Swansea

Recreational

Cardiff Celts

Cardiff

Compete in BWB National league

Cardiff Celts Juniors

Caerphilly

Recreational

 

Wales Teams

In line with British Wheelchair Basketball competitions, there are currently three Wales national teams

The U15’s compete in the Lord’s Taverners National Junior Championships that take place every summer.

The U19’s compete in the Junior Championships but also compete in the School Games every September

The U23’s compete in the Celtic Cup every summer.  This is a 3 way competition between Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Training sessions and trials take place in the build up to competitions with squads made up of 10 players.

 

Inclusive Zone Basketball

Inclusive Zone Basketball is a British Wheelchair Basketball secondary school and college programme that sees disabled and non-disabled pupils compete on the court together.

 

The court is separated into 3 zones, a central diamond and two wings.  There are 4 players in each team.  Two players play in Wheelchairs and occupy the central zone of the court. The two running players occupy the wings. The ball must travel between all 3 zones before a basket can be scored.  Each team must have at least one lower limb impaired player on the court at all times. The rest of the team may be non-disabled.  IZB aims to provide a more sustainable version of Wheelchair Basketball for schools and colleges to engage in.

There is a competition programme in place with regional qualifiers taking place across Wales with the top schools heading to a Wales National Final.  The Wales IZB champions progress to the UK Inclusive Zone Basketball Final.

University Wheelchair Basketball

University Wheelchair Basketball is played as 5v5 like traditional Wheelchair Basketball but with the main difference being that just one classifiable player needs to be on court at any one time.  This is to allow universities who may have a small number of classifiable students to participate.

There is a BWB National University Championships that takes place each spring, with Welsh Universities that participate in Wheelchair Basketball competing against some of the best teams in the country

Coaching and volunteering

There are a variety of opportunities available to get involved, including coaching, table officiating and refereeing as well as roles behind the scenes.

There are coach education opportunities available that can assist you in your role.  Clubs can provide you with more information about opportunities to get involved.

To find out more about British Wheelchair Basketball visit http://www.britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/gbwba/

For any information or queries relating to Wheelchair Basketball contact:-

Dan Bufton

Welsh Development Officer

British Wheelchair Basketball

07943098868

d.bufton@britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk

Twitter - @wales_wb

Facebook – Welsh Wheelchair Basketball

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