ASD Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball

Welcome to the Anchorage School District / ParaSport Alaska Wheelchair Basketball page. This is the first, and (currently) only after school wheelchair basketball team in the state of Alaska. The focus of this team is to develop individual and team skills necessary to compete. We are working with other school districts to create other teams and increase opportunities for youth with physical disabilities to compete.


Dates for the 2019 season are November 11 - December 3 (no practice November 24 & 25). Practices are held Monday - Friday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. This program is open to ASD Students grades 6-12 and are held at Service High School. Click here to visit the Anchorage School District ParaSport Alaska Web Page.

According to the US Congress GAO, "Research shows that as many as 56 percent of individuals with disabilities fail to participate in any physical activity." This partnership between ASD and Challenge Alaska is a direct effort to combat this statistic and to engage kids with physical disabilities in regular activity.


  • Be enrolled in the Anchorage School District in grades 6-12.
  • Be willing to commit to attend practice consistently.
  • Have a desire to develop skills necessary to play wheelchair basketball
  • Be able to understand, retain and abide by the rules of wheelchair basketball
  • Be able to manually manipulate a basketball and maneuver either a sport wheelchair (provided) or a power wheelchair (only if not able to maneuver a manual sport wheelchair - not provided).
  • Be a team player

2019 Wheelchair Basketball Season Team Training and Game Dates:

All training and games will take place at the Service High School gymnasium. Click here for an interactive map to Service High.

  • November 11   4:00 - 6:00 pm: Team training
  • November 12   4:00 - 6:00 pm: Team training
  • November 13   4:00 - 6:00 pm: Team training
  • November 14   4:00 - 6:00 pm: Team training
  • November 15 4:00 - 6:00 pm: GAME 1
  • November 18   4:00 - 6:00 pm: Team training
  • November 19   4:00 - 6:00 pm: Team training
  • November 20   4:00 - 6:00 pm: Team training
  • November 21   4:00 - 6:00 pm: Team training
  • November 22   4:00 - 6:00 pm: GAME 2
  • November 25   4:00 - 6:00 pm: Team training
  • November 26   2:30 - 4:00 pm: Team training
  • November 27   4:00 - 6:00 pm: GAME 3
  • December 2   4:00 - 6:00 pm: GAME 4
  • December 3   4:00 - 6:00 pm: GAME 5

How To Get PE Credit

Before the season begins, speak with your curriculum principal about applying for "credit by choice." You will complete the necessary paperwork and bring with you the first day of practice. The coaches will let you know how to proceed from there.


What Do I Need To Bring?

Bring a water bottle, wear athletic clothing (dress for the sport you're playing) and bring your enthusiasm to learn a challenging fun sport.



Watch the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Women's Gold Medal Game - Germany vs. USA



Watch the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Men's Gold Medal Game - Spain vs. USA



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



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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. The first group is from the ASD program, while the second set is from the community program. Click on each one to see the full size photo. We hope to see you out on the court!


Photos - Click to enlarge