Wheelchair Basketball offers a House League Program that is open to anyone with a physical disability age eight and over, along with their able bodied friends and family. The Competitive Program involves playing against teams in Southern Ontario. All athletes play using a wheelchair, but they do not have to be community wheelchair users.
- Director of Wheelchair Basketball -
Wheelchair Basketball is a sport that was first played following the Second World War in 1945. After the war, many veterans who were now disabled wanted to continue to be active and play sports. The first documented game was played on November 25th, 1946 by a group of veterans in the United States.
Wheelchair Basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport which retains most major rules and scoring of able-bodied basketball. The exceptions are rules which have been modified with consideration for the specially designed sports wheelchair.
The Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association is the governing body for Wheelchair Basketball in Ontario. They will establish our schedule for our competitive teams.
All home games are held at St. Augustine Secondary School, in Brampton.
Away games are held in different cities in Ontario and can involve two to three hours of travel. Teams usually play two games on each day the games are scheduled.
Cruisers usually host The Blazing Hoops tournament in February. A tournament for Division 3 is typically held in St. Catharines in the month of March. The Division 2 team usually attends the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball National Championship. This tournament can be held anywhere in Canada and the host location changes from one year to the next.
Wheelchair Basketball is played from September thru to May.
All players are required to wear proper gym attire, which includes a t-shirt, track pants or shorts and running shoes. A sports wheelchair will be provided for registered athletes to use.
Weekly practices for each program are held at the following times:
Houseleague - Westervelts Corners PS: Mondays 6-8:30pm
Competitive - Larkspur PS: Fridays 6-10pm
Westervelts Corners Public School
20 Brickyard Way
Larkspur Public School
111 Larkspur Road
St. Augustine Secondary School
27 Drinkwater Road