Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport played by two teams where the object is to shoot the ball into the opposing team’s basket. Every team is comprised of five players and seven substitutes.
The basic rules of wheelchair basketball are very similar to stand-up or able-bodied basketball. For example, the court dimensions, the height of the basket and the distance to the foul and three point lines, etc., are the same measurements as in the game of stand-up basketball. In 1964, basic international rules were adopted which included minor adjustments to meet the needs of the game in a wheelchair.
A wheelchair basketball game consists of four periods of 10 minutes. If the score is tied at the end of four quarters, an overtime period of five minutes is played. If the score remains tied at the end of this period, additional overtime periods will be played until a winner is determined.
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