Wheelchair Basketball: Coaching, Classification, and Chaos

in Journal of Coaching Education
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  • 1 School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Since its humble beginnings at the end of World War II, wheelchair basketball has incorporated a classification system for its players. The classification system ensures equal representation among team players and fosters positions and roles that are unique to the various levels of disability represented on a team (Goodwin et al., 2009). The increasingly competitive nature of this global game has necessitated an increasingly high level of coaching expertise. The purpose of this commentary is to take a practical look at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Player Classification System and the challenges it presents to a wheelchair basketball coach during the chaos of a game.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Scott Douglas, University of Northern Colorado, School of Sport and Exercise Science, 501 20th Street, Gunter Hall #2700, Campus Box 39, Greeley, CO 80639. Email: scott.douglas@unco.edu
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