ParaSport Alaska Wheelchair Basketball

Welcome to the ParaSport Alaska Community Wheelchair Basketball page. Challenge Alaska is excited to offer wheelchair basketball to the Anchorage community. Wheelchair basketball is currently held at Spenard Recreation Center on Wednesday evenings during the season.

Play is "drop-in" style, with different teams being formed weekly. Referees are volunteers and/or Challenge Alaska staff. Some weeks the play takes a more competitive style, while other weeks it's much more relaxed. All players are welcome and more experienced players are there to help newer players develop skills to make the game more enjoyable.

We will have a 6 week fall 2019 season Wednesday evenings September 25 - October 30, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. After a break we will resume play for 10 weeks Wednesday evenings January 15 - March 18, 2020 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Community wheelchair basketball is open to everyone regardless of age, level of experience or level of ability.

Dates for Winter 2019-20 are:

  • Wednesday September 25, 2019;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday September 2, 2019;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday October 9, 2019;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday October 16, 2018;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday October 23, 2019;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday October 30, 2018;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 8, 2020;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 15, 2020;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 23, 2020;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 29, 2020;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday February 5, 2020;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday February 12, 2020;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday February 19, 2020;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday February 26, 2020;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday March 4, 2020;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday March 11, 2020;  7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday March 18, 2020;  7:00 - 9:00 pm

All players must play in a wheelchair (sport wheelchairs provided on a first-come, first-serve basis). Each player must have a current waiver on file with Challenge Alaska staff (can be signed at the gym by individual or legal guardian - no exceptions) prior to play. Cost of admission is $3 general admission fee to the recreation center. There is an additional $2 fee for sport chair use paid to Challenge Alaska.








Wheelchair Basketball 101

The rules to wheelchair basketball are as similar to NCAA basketball as possible and are modified only as necessary to accommodate players using wheelchairs. Some of the key differences are:

  • Players are allowed two contacts with their push rims before having to dribble, pass or shoot. A "contact" is define as one or two hands working singly or together, exerting force on the push-rim of the wheel. Hence, pushing forward twice requires a player to dribble the ball at least once, pass, or shoot to avoid "traveling."
  • There is no "double dribble" violation in wheelchair basketball.
  • The wheelchair is considered "part of the player's body" and cannot be charged, grabbed, or rammed.
  • A player cannot lift their bottom off the wheelchair seat, nor use their legs to maintain control of the ball in their lap, nor create any type of unfair advantage.
  • There are specific rules and specifications that the wheelchair must conform to, ensuring equal equipment used by all.
  • In competition at tournament levels, athletes are "classified" based on functional physical ability. Each player is assigned a number ranging from 1-3. That player represents that many "points" from the total a team is allowed to have on the court at any given time (no more than 12 points and no more than three "3's" at one time).
  • Wheelchair basketball players which compete above a recreation level use a classification system to evaluate their functional abilities.
    • A players are assigned a point value based on functional ability on a point scale of 1 to 4.5. Minimally disabled athletes are classified as a 4.5, and an individual with the highest degree of disability would have the classification of 1.0.
    • In places where teams are integrated, non disabled athletes compete as either a 4.5 or a 5.0. Non-disabled athletes are not allowed to compete internationally.
    • The five players from each team on the court during play may not exceed a total of 14 points





General Info

In the US, wheelchair basketball is governed by the NWBA (National Wheelchair Basketball Association). Visit the NWBA website to learn more about rules, history of the sport and international play.

Below are photos from past seasons. Click on each one to see the full size photo. We hope to see you out on the court!