Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to be in a wheelchair to play?
No, anyone can play wheelchair basketball, as long as you have upper body strength to push a basketball wheelchair.
Are there any restrictions with the disability I have?
Although we welcome everybody of all abilities to get the most enjoyment from playing basketball you would need basic motor skills to enable the ability to push a manual wheelchair and be able to catch and throw a basketball.
Where do you practice and what are the times?
The club practice on a Tuesday night from 6:00 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. for junior players/New players and 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. for senior players. Sometimes junior/New players will be invited to practice with the senior squad. The address is Warwickshire college, Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden. B95 6AB
How much does it cost?
The first 4 weeks are free of charge, giving new members an opportunity to consider if they like playing. After 4 weeks the charges per month are £15 for junior players and £25 for senior/adult players paid by direct debit or by standing order.
How do I join?
After the 4 week trial period, then all members have to register with national league. There are 2 types of registration, the first is an associate member, which is free of charge and covers members under the BWB associations insurance. The second is full membership, which costs £30 per season, and allows players to play in the national league.
Do I need to know the rules before I play?
No you don’t need to know the rules, as they will be taught at the same time as being shown how to play. Also a copy of the rules and regulations can be found on the Bears web site.
Are the rules the same as the running game, and do you play on the same court?
The rules are virtually the same as the running game, the only major difference between the running game and the wheelchair game is the dribbling rule. In the wheelchair game you are allowed to push on your wheels twice and then must bounce the ball once, before pushing on your wheels again. The basket heights and court dimensions are exactly the same as the running game.
Do I have to have my own wheelchair to play?
No, the club holds a number of stock wheelchairs in which new players can use. If after some time a member wants to have his own wheelchair to play in, then the club will look to help the member to raise funds in which to buy one.
What age do you have to be to play?
There is no age limit to join the club, only that a child is old enough to take and follow instructions from a coach/instructor. To play competitively in the national league, the lower age limit is 12 years age. There is no upper age limit to play, only that you are medically fit to participate
Can Females play as well?
Yes Females are more than welcome to join the club and to play. As a club we are always keen in getting more females playing, with the hopes of starting our own women’s team. Girls and boys can make up a team to play in junior league. Women can play along side the men in mixed teams in the national league. There is also a national woman league.
If I enjoy playing, how far can I go in the sport?
There are no limits to how far a member can achieve if they love playing and are good enough. The club has extensive contacts with the national team’s coaches, and will actively help promote one of their players to the national team coaches. There is extensive opportunities for players who obtain a high level in playing, with some players from Great Britain squad been offered scholarships in American Universities and some players play professionally abroad for teams In Spain, Italy, Germany and as far as Australia.

SO WHAT IS STOPPING ME?

Nothing, pick up the phone or send us an email and we will be more than happy to answer any further questions. The hardest part is the first contact so be brave and make the effort to change your life.