Just another sport in which athletes dribble, pass, and shoot to score the ball into the opponent's hoop - only they're skidding across the court on wheels. In this sport, players with lower limb impairments play on wheelchairs in a regular-sized basketball court. Watching the speed and skillful passes between players is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Wheelchair basketball has been part of the Paralympic program since the first 1960 Rome Paralympic Games, and continues to be one of the most popular para-sports today.
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The rules of wheelchair basketball are generally the same as that of able-bodied basketball. A few exceptions are the allowance of double-dribbling, and the definition of travelling being 'pushing your wheels more than twice after receiving or dribbling the ball'. Therefore, following a game of wheelchair basketball shouldn't be very difficult as long as you have a general understanding of sports. To allow athletes with different levels of impairments to compete at an equal footing, a classification system is used. According to their type and level of disability, players are evaluated on a scale of 1 (severe) to 4.5 (minimal) with increments of 0.5. During a game, the total points of the five players of each team playing on the court must not exceed 14.