Adaptive Sports

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  • Tennis
    • Stand Up Adaptive Tennis
      • Stand Up Adaptive Tennis (AKA TAP) is played by athletes with amputations or other disabilities which alter their athletic ability but still allow them to compete on their feet.
    • Wheelchair Tennis
      • Wheelchair tennis is a Summer Paralympic sport which is very similar to its able bodied counterpart. The biggest rule difference is that the ball can bounce twice on each side of the court before the player hits it back.
      • Let’s Roll – Learning Wheelchair Tennis with the Pros
        • “Learning wheelchair tennis has just become a lot easier! One of the masters of the sport, 6-time World Champion David Hall, together with his long-time coach Rich Berman, have put together a comprehensive video tutorial of all the basics of playing wheelchair tennis.”
  • Wheelchair Basketball
    • One of the most well known adaptive sports out there. It is played on a standard basketball court with only minor rules changed from the able-bodied sport.
    • There are well established leagues in the US, run by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, from youth championships to college tournaments to adult leagues.
  • Wheelchair Motocross (WCMX)
    • Wheelchair Motocross (AKA WCMX) is essentially BMX bike riding and skateboarding for wheelchair users.
    • “Katherine Beattie isn’t afraid to fall – becoming the first woman to do a backflip in a wheelchair depended on it. As a leader in extreme wheelchair motocross (WCMX), where she performs adrenaline-pumping stunts in a specially designed chair, Beattie has become a trailblazer for her gender, and anyone with a disability, in this tough, rigorous – and most of all, thrilling – sport.”
  • Wheelchair Rugby
    • Wheelchair Rugby (AKA Quad Rugby, Murderball) is a fast-paced collision sport played in specially designed wheelchairs.
    • More info: Official USA Wheelchair Rugby Website
    • Upcoming Event: “The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) has announced that Nottwil, Switzerland, will host the IWRF 2018 World Championship Qualification Tournament. The event will be held at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil from 2-9 April. The Qualification Tournament will bring together eight countries to determine which will qualify for the last four positions at the GIO 2018 IWRF World Championship, to be held in Sydney, Australia, from 5-10 August.”
  • Wheelchair Softball
    • Upcoming Event: “NWSA is the official governing body for wheelchair softball in the United States and around the world. While we are still in the process of updating and adding content, you should be able to find useful information about the game of wheelchair softball. Check back often for updated news and other content. Feel free to contact us if you have comments, suggestions, or need information about our sport. Let’s Play Ball!”
  • Paralympic Games – Held every two years following the Olympic Games.
    • Summer Sports
      • Archery, Athletics (Track and Field), Badminton, Boccia, Canoe, Cycling, Equestrian, Football 5-a-side, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Rowing, Shooting Para Sport, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Tennis
    • Winter Sports
      • Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Hockey (Sled Hockey), Snowboard, Wheelchair Curling