Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball is a fast-paced, exciting form of basketball open to everybody!

Wheelchair Basketball is a game for Everyone!

Wheelchair basketball with Basketball NSW provides opportunities for athletes, coaches, and referees through the junior and state representative programs and the state league.

The program provides pathways and support in the development of wheelchair basketball for those with and without physical limitations.

GTK Waratah Wheelchair League powered by Spalding.

2024 marks the third season of the GTK Waratah Wheelchair League Powered by Spalding. The league comprises 4 central venue rounds and a final. Each round sees teams compete by playing 2-3 games a weekend to determine who would head to the Waratah League Finals Weekend. 

Players of a variety of abilities are welcomed to play wheelchair basketball in the GTK Waratah Wheelchair League. Players are classified based upon their physical abilities.  See the Basketball Australia link for more details on classification HERE.

A 4.5 classed player is the most functioning down to 1.0 players. The team cannot go over 17 points for the five players on court, however other leagues may have lower total points as is the case for international competition being a total of 14 points on court at one time. Players that do not meet the classification requirements are given a 4.5 point classification in the Waratah Wheelchair League. 

Teams competing in the 2024 season:

STATE AND NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TEAMS FOR WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

Basketball NSW enters teams to represent NSW to compete in the Junior Wheelchair Basketball Nationals. This national event, held annually, is in conjunction with the Australian Under 18 Junior Championships in March/April each year. The age groups for this competition are based on international junior wheelchair basketball age groups; Under-23 for Males and Under-25 for Females. 

Selection to represent NSW is the initial steps to be selected to represent Australia. Basketball Australia has four national teams, Gliders (Women’s National Team), Rollers (Men’s National Team), Devils (Women’s U25 National Team) and Spinners (Men’s U23 National Team). The senior women and men teams compete in the World Championships and Paralympics and junior women and men teams compete in a World Championship every four years. 

Players wishing to represent NSW at a National Championship are required to participate in the State Performance Program (SPP) that runs in Term 4 & Term 1 prior to the Footlocker National Championships. 

Click here for State Team information

Wheelchair State Performance Program (SPP)

The Basketball NSW Wheelchair State Performance Program (SPP) serves to identify, develop, and foster the skills of young athletes with classifiable limitations who aspire to compete at state, national and international levels of wheelchair basketball. Basketball NSW believes that the establishment of a direct pathway for athletes in the SPP into the State Team Program will improve the quality of State Team performance into the future.

The program is designed to develop individual skills and learn team concepts which will enable participants to compete successfully at the National Championships and on the International level. 

Click HERE to find out more information about BNSW High Performance.

The SPP talent identification and development model meets the needs of our athlete and coach pathways while assisting NSW in achieving its broad objectives and best preparation for the NSW State team for National Championships.

The SPP 2024/2025 Program for Wheelchair Athletes ages are as follows:

  • Boys Under 12-Under 23 (Born between 2003 – 2012)
  • Girls Under 12-Under 25 (Born between 2001 – 2012)
WHEELCHAIR SPP TRIALS
Date Venue Times (Must Attend All Sessions) Registration
Saturday 21st September Bankstown Basketball Stadium – 2 Third Ave, Condell Park NSW Male & Female

Session 1: 9.00 am – 10.30 am

Session 2: 11:00 am – 12.30 pm

Session 3: 1:00 pm – 2.30 pm

EOI’s Open

 

EOI’s are OPEN NOW with registrations opening later in 2024.

 

Expressions of Interest now open for SPP

COACHES GET INVOLVED

Building and expanding the coaching network is essential to growing the game of wheelchair basketball. There are various opportunities for coaches to get involved; at the foundational level all the way up the pathway. 

A Coach can be a parent that would like to learn more, a past player that would like to give back to the game, a support worker or allied health care provider that would like to upskill, a teacher that would like to support their student, or someone who has developed athletes and teams in the game of running basketball and would like to build on this. Whatever the case, there is space in wheelchair basketball for you. 

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Want to learn more?

If you would like to learn more about the GTK Waratah Wheelchair League Powered by Spalding, and participate in this exciting game, please contact the BNSW Wheelchair Basketball Manager, Janna Mizens.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a referee and officiating in the Wheelchair Basketball space, click here.

To find out more information about classification or to submit a request for classification, click here.

 

 

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