Basketball is one of the few sports that wheelchair-bound persons can play. In fact, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association is older than the NBA! Believe it or not.
Disabled veterans returning from WWII started the sport with the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Players were exclusively paraplegic veterans or those with spinal cord injuries. Eventually it opened up to those with other physical disabilities. Now, 70+ years later, it is an international sport for both genders in a variety of ages. Pretty incredible, huh?
Except for wheelchairs, the equipment is the same as basketball equipment for non-disabled persons.
The basketball hoop is the same size and height of those that meet NBA and NCAA regulations. Which means this is one active sport that a wheelchair athlete can practice at home on their own outdoor court.
Quality really counts for a wheelchair athlete
The dangers of the economy portable basketball hoops available at retail outlets would be amplified for a wheelchair athlete. It is a hazard because portable goals can move during play. And, if ever tipped, well, that’s bad for any player, wheelchair or not.
In-ground basketball hoops are the best bet. And getting one with a one-piece pole means you’ll have a basketball goal that won’t bend or break.
Protective pole and goal pads are important and easy to attach.
The Basketball Goal Store offers quality and affordability
Brad Riley of the Basketball Goal Store and I were talking about how he is happy to offer free pads with many of the Goalrilla Basketball Hoops Basketball Goal Store sells. (And we sell more Goalrilla Goals than any other location in the country!)
In fact, he explained how surprised customers are when they discover that with the free pads and free shipping make a Goalrilla Hoop more affordable than many of the in-ground basketball goals you’ll find in big-box sporting retailers. He’s soo very right. I’ve seen the numbers!
As you consider all the options for a home basketball goal, talk to professionals who know the equipment and the sport. (Another thing the part-time sales people at the big-box retailer probably won’t be able to provide!)
Stop by the Basketball Goal Store and check out the FAQs. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (800) 689-0281 with any other questions you might have. We’re here to help you get the best, and safest, equipment for those you care about.
-Pat of the Basketball Goal Store Blog Team