The wheelchair is considered part of the body, offensive players are allowed four seconds in the lane and there is no double dribble. As in wheelchair handball, teams play within either junior varsity or varsity division. Junior varsity teams use an 8½foot hoop and a NCAA’s women’s basketball and the varsity teams use a standard 10–foot hoop and a NCAA men’s basketball. The AAASP season ends with two state Wheelchair Basketball Championships — one for varsity and one for junior varsity — where the best teams from throughout the state compete for their respective titles.
Eligible participants, whose primary disability must be physical, are boys and girls attending grades 1–12. They are able to walk unassisted, with devices, or use manual or power wheelchairs. All participants must compete in a manual or power wheelchair.
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Adapted Sports’ Houston County Sharks Varsity Basketball Team was recognized during the April Board Meeting for the 2017 State Basketball Championship.
The Shark players were surprised to find the display case in the front lobby of the board office dedicated to the them. The case contains past and present team pictures, championship trophies, and newspaper articles about the Sharks.
Below is the statement that Mr Fred Wilson, chairman of the board, read to the people in attendance.
HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – The Houston County Sharks won the 2017 State Wheelchair Basketball Championship at Stegeman Coliseum at the University of Georgia on March 9. The Sharks beat the West Georgia Wolverines 41 to 26 in the American Association of Adapted Sports Program tournament for the state title. This is the Varsity Sharks’ 19th state wheelchair championship and 5th basketball championship in a row in nine school years.
The game coincided with the Georgia High School Association basketball state championship tournament. Christy Jones, orthopedic impaired teacher, is the area coordinator of the program. In addition to Jones, the Sharks coaches are: Adapted PE Specialist Dr. Brenda Arnett, Adapted PE Specialist Stephen Roberson, Special Education Teacher Laura Tinsley, and Community Coaches Ryan Brown, and Ben Masters.