There is a sport for every season. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has compiled a list of popular adaptive team sports in the US for the spring season. Here they are, along with info about each sport.
“Basketball is probably the most well-developed sport for wheelchair users in the United States.” There are leagues across the country for men, women, and youth. Many colleges also have wheelchair basketball teams. Check out the National Wheelchair Basketball Association for more information.
Quad rugby, also known as murderball, is fast and fierce, and is an increasingly popular wheelchair sport. Here’s a brief overview of the rules:
“Each team utilizes four players, mostly quads (players must have all four limbs affected by disability). A player has fifteen seconds to advance the ball into the opponent’s half-court. The player with the ball must pass or dribble every ten seconds or a turnover is awarded. The idea is to cross the end line on the court and score a point. The other guys do what they can to stop you.” Visit U.S. Quad Rugby Association for more details.
Sled hockey, like quad rugby, is intense and physical. There’s not much difference between sled hockey and traditional stand-up hockey in terms of equipment used. Sled hockey players sit on a sled affixed to two hockey blades and use a shortened hockey stick to both propel themselves and hit the puck. USA Hockey offers additional information on this fast-paced sport.
The National Wheelchair Softball Association holds an annual tournament where approximately thirty teams compete. Base paths are shorter than traditional slow-pitch softball, but no adaptive equipment is used to play this wheelchair sport.
Adaptive volleyball is played with athletes sitting on the floor and hitting the ball over a net three feet off the ground. The court is smaller than stand-up volleyball. The two main differences between the two versions of the game are that in the sitting game, players can block the serve, and “one bun must be in contact with the floor when a player makes contact with the ball.” Check out USA Volleyball for more info!
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