Similar to the traditional game, wheelchair basketball only differs with a few rules that are specific to the use of the chair. Our game is played using 10-foot hoops on a regulation-size basketball court. For those athletes 12 and younger, the hoop is lowered to 8.5 feet.
Wheelchair Basketball in the USA is governed by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.
Interested in finding more out about wheelchair basketball? Contact ParaSport Spokane!
Never viewed wheelchair basketball being played? Click here to watch the 2014 NWBA Championship Game.
We now have five competitive teams
Adult – A mixed squad of male and females with some junior participation.
Women’s – For the first time in the region, an all-female squad is representing Spokane.
Juniors & Junior Varsity– These teams are for athletes up to their final year of high school. We have the numbers to justify two teams within our Junior program.
Prep Squad -This team is for athletes under the age of 13.
The Futures Program
This is a program for all athletes who are able to wheel in a chair and start learning the basic skills. Athletes as young as 2.5 yrs have participated. It is fun, active, and dynamic. Our volunteer staff is AMAZING!
For a listing of ParaSport Spokane’s volunteer coaching staff, please see our Staff Page. Lead by Head Coach Tomie Zuchetto, the ParaSport Spokane staff has over 34 years of wheelchair basketball coaching experience.
Wheelchair basketball chairs are provided by the program. It is our goal for each athlete to have a chair to play in. We work to find grants, sponsors and sources of funding to be able to provide for our members. See our current needs on our Items We Need page.
Where do we compete?
The teams will play in tournaments within the NWBA West Coast Conference, these include tournaments in the following cities:
- Seattle, WA
- Portland, OR
- San Francisco, CA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Las Vegas, NV
- Salem, OR
The teams are all seeking to qualify for the NWBA National Championships which will occur in various locations across the country.
Where do we practice?
ParaSport Spokane has confirmed practice locations for the 2013/2014 Season.
- Friday 6-8 pm for Junior and Travel Teams at Pasadena Park Elementary School, 8508 E. Upriver Dr., Spokane, WA.
- Saturday 10 am-noon for all b-ball athletes at the Girl Scouts Gym, 1404 N Ash St, Spokane, WA.
Stay tuned to our calendar page for practice updates.
Outdoor practices sometimes take place at Whittier Park, 3400 W 7th Ave, Spokane, WA (weather permitting).
Wheelchair basketball is a great sport to showcase and for newcomers to come and try. Wheelchair Basketball is also a great team building activity for your business. Come on out to one of our practices; should there be enough chairs of the correct size for the athletes, able bodied participants are encouraged to give it a try.
Give ParaSport Spokane staff a call to see if we are able to do a demo for your school/organization/group.