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What is the classification system all about? Can there be a team with all amputees?

No, in wheelchair basketball there exists what is called the Classification System. In this system, players are assigned values (1-4.5) based on their overall muscle control and function.

Classification Philosophy:

Wheelchair basketball classification is based on the players' functional capacity to complete the skills necessary to play - pushing, pivoting, shooting, rebounding, dribbling, passing and catching. It is not an assessment of a player's level of skill, merely their functional capacity to complete the task.

 

Classes:

Players are assigned points as their classification - 1, 2, 3, and 4 are the recognized classes, with 0.5 classes between for the exceptional cases which do not fit exactly into one class, and the 4.5 category for the player with least or minimal disability.

Volume of Action:

Classes are defined according to players' "volume of action". Each class has a clearly defined maximal volume of action, which the player may exhibit. The volume of action refers to the extremes to which a player's trunk stability will allow them to reach, without holding on to the wheelchair, before overbalancing.

Team Balance:

The total number of points allowed on court at any time is 15.0. That is, the total points of all five players actually playing. If a coach allows the team to have over 15.0 points, they will incur a technical foul on the bench.

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