NEDSRA Wheelchair Basketball Program Seeks Players
Byline: Bruce Flowers NEDSRA
Wheelchair basketball players younger than 21 can sign up for 's Junior Bulls program for the 2013-14 season at Centennial Park in Addison.
Players are grouped by their age and basketball abilities, and coaches work with them to develop their skills.
Last year, the Junior Bulls were ranked 11th in the nation after competing in the tournament in Louisville, Ky.
"We had better-than-expected results at the tourney, and we hope to continue to improve with the addition of more players," Coach Adam Kramer said.
The junior wheelchair basketball program originated in 1994 with Wheelchair Bulls Kids' Day. This event introduced wheelchair basketball to more than 100 children with disabilities and was organized by the , an adult basketball team sponsored by the NBA Chicago Bulls. It is now an annual event co-sponsored by Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association, which provides the gym, court time and staffing.
NEDSRA manages two junior-level teams. The Preparatory team, for ages 12 and younger, plays with an 8 1/2-foot high basket and uses a smaller ball. The JV team, for ages 13 to 21, plays with regulation-size basketballs and baskets.
The rules follow NCAA regulations, with a few exceptions. The most significant difference is that you must dribble the ball after touching your chair wheels twice. Chairs are expected to make contact, but no recklessness or holding wheelchairs is permitted. …