Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball is fast-paced, action-packed game for athletes with a physical impairment that prevents running, jumping, and pivoting. Athletes use a basketball wheelchair to play, following rules similar to the traditional game, varying only by rules specific to the use of the chair. Wheelchair Basketball is played using 10-foot hoops on a regulation-size basketball court. For athletes 12 and younger, the hoop is lowered to 8 feet.

Wheelchair Basketball in the USA is governed by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.

Interested in finding more out about wheelchair basketball? Contact us at info@adaptivesportsandrec.org.

While many of our competitive athletes have their own custom fit sports chairs, we have game chairs available for athletes who are interested in playing.    

San Diego Hammer Wheelchair Basketball

The San Diego Hammer is ASRA's competitive team that travels and competes throughout the West Coast. We currently offer two levels:

Adult – A Division III team comprised of male and female athletes who compete in the Southern California Conference. 

Practices: DIII Hammer practices at Municipal Gymnasium, 2111 Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park, Wednesdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 2-4pm.

Junior – A Varsity team for male and female athletes up to their final year of high school who compete in the West Coast Conference.

Practices: Varsity Hammer practices at Hourglass Fieldhouse, 14400 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, Wednesdays 7-9pm.



Wheelchair basketball is a great sport to showcase, and for individuals to come and try. Come on out to one of our open gym practices or to our recreational youth practices; should there be enough chairs of the correct size for the athletes, able bodied participants are encouraged to give it a try.

Wheelchair Basketball is also a great team building activity for your business. Give our Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association staff a call to see when we can schedule a demo for your school/organization/group.

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Recreational Teams

Our recreational teams for athletes ages 12 and under are for those who are not interested in traveling and competing, but want to be active and learn or build on their basketball skills.  Teams in San Diego and North County play September to December.  During the rest of the year, other sports are offered to keep athletes on the move, learning different skills. Athletes should be able to wheel themselves in their chair with basic chair skills and follow directions.

Our youth recreational teams practice:

  • San Diego - Municipal Gymnasium, 2111 Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park, Saturdays 10am-12pm
  • North County - Vista Boys and Girls Club, 410 W. California Avenue, Vista, Fridays 6:30-8pm

Open Gym

Adaptive Sports and Rec also provides open gym time for teens and adults to come out and play on a weekly drop-in basis.

  • Municipal Gymnasium, 2111 Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park, Tuesdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 12-2pm

Check our calendar page for practice updates.