Wheelchair Football

Description

is a fast–paced sport that is best played when athletes are in maximum physical condition, and at the top of their game in teamwork, strategy, and wheelchair handling skills. The game is played on a standard basketball court with all players using either a manual or a power wheelchair. Players in manual chairs have successfully tackled an opponent when they tag the opponent with two hands on the body and above the knees. Players in power chairs will have made a successful tackle when they tag the opponent with one hand on the opponent’s body or chair. A team has six attempts to score once they receive the ball. Teams may pass or “run” the ball into the end zone. Field goals, kick–offs and punts are thrown. A running game clock (no time–outs for incomplete passes, etc.) is used, as well as a play clock. Scoring is the same as in stand–up football, with one exception. A team that passes for the point–after–touchdown (PAT) will receive two points. Field goals are scored when the ball is thrown through the first two vertical uprights that support the hanging basket.

Eligibility

Eligible participants, whose primary disability must be physical, are boys and girls attending grades 1–12. They may walk unassisted, with devices, or use manual or power wheelchairs. All participants must compete in a wheelchair.

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News

AAASP Demonstrates Wheelchair Football at 47th Annual National Athletic Directors Conference

AAASP Cofounders and Board members were in Nashville this weekend for the 47th National Athletic Directors Conference, hosted by the National Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association (NIAAA) and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).

Attendees had the opportunity to see and participate in AAASP-governed Wheelchair Football. Discussions centered around how this growing adaptedSPORT can be the perfect program for interscholastic and intramural application in America’s schools.

The coaches, parents and athletes who comprise the Houston County Sharks, from Warner Robins, Georgia, were excited to travel to Nashville and share their personal experiences with athletic directors and the nearly 2500 attendees – a record for the NIAAA and the NFHS!

AAASP extends its appreciation to all those involved in making this presentation and demonstration possible. Thank you all for learning about and supporting the inclusion of students with physical disabilities in school-based sports programs.