THE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM – A BRIEF EXPLANATION
The classification system for Wheelchair Basketball is a method by which each individual has an equal opportunity to compete. There are no reasonable arguments to exclude any individual from competition because of the nature, cause or degree (severity) of disability.
The rules state that: Art. 59 Player Classification Point System, "Player classifications ... shall have point values as follows: 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5,5. In international competition, at no time in a game shall a team have players participating whose total point value exceeds 14 points. In the UK domestic league and cup competitions, a team may add 1.5 to the team classification total for each women player on court, when competing in mixed competition. Similarly, a team may add 1.0 points to the team classification total for each male junior player on court. A Junior player is one who is under 19 years of age at midnight on 31st December in the current season).
The skills (talents) and the level of training of a player are not the subject of the classification system. It should only measure functional limitations caused by the physical disability which affects the players capability for performing the different skills. The level of trunk function directly affects the performance capability in regard to the different skills involved. Therefore the level of sitting balance and trunk movement of the athletes become the fundamental elements in the definition of the classes. The definition of the classes necessitates a description of the borderline between cases.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLASS I AND II ATHLETES
In contrast the Class II athlete can:
Athletes with arm impairments are Class I, if they show significant functional limitations when pushing and steering the wheelchair in any direction, or catching a normal pass by preferring to use one hand only.
BETWEEN CLASS II AND III ATHLETES
BETWEEN CLASS III AND IV ATHLETES
BETWEEN CLASS IV AND NON-DISABLED PEOPLE
The Fourth Division
is played over a shorter season and is run more as a development league,
providing new clubs their first opportunity to play competitive basketball.
New clubs are encouraged to enter the Third Division if they wish to play
a balanced programme of league fixtures.