Adult Sports and Activities

Wheelchair Softball

Wheelchair softball is played under the official rules of 16” slow pitch  softball as approved by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), with  several exceptions. The game is played on a paved surface; usually a designated wheelchair softball field or a parking  lot. ENWAA’s team is called the Nebraska Barons and is a member of the National  Wheelchair Softball Association (www.wheelchairsoftball.org ).

ENWAA has sent a team to most of the 38 annual national wheelchair softball  tournaments. The Barons generally practice once a week during the summer and  participates in several tournaments in the Midwest U.S. each year. The Barons  were national champions in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. Who may participate?  Generally, anyone with a permanent disability to a lower extremity can play wheelchair softball. Every player needs to be “certified” to determine  eligibility and level of disability. Men and women are invited to  play on our team. For more information: info@enwaa.org

Wheelchair Basketball
Men’s Wheelchair Basketball is played on a regulation court using NCAA men’s  basketball rules with some exceptions. Rules for dribbling and lane violations  are the main exceptions. ENWAA’s team is sponsored by Madonna Rehabilitation  Hospital (www.madonna.org) in Lincoln, NE  and is called the Madonna Magic. The Magic participate in the Midwest  Conference of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (www.nwba.org).  Our team generally practices once a week during the fall and winter and  participates in several tournaments in the Midwest U.S. each year. Who may participate?  Generally, anyone with a permanent disability to a lower extremity can play  wheelchair basketball. Every player needs to be “certified” to determine  eligibility and level of disability. Men and women and children may play on our men’s team. For more information: info@enwaa.org

Sitting  Volleyball
This sport  is played from a seated position on a modified volleyball court. A regulation  sitting volleyball court is 6m x 10m, and the net is 1.15m for men and 1.0m for  women. Other than the court setup, the same rules apply as for traditional volleyball. Athletes must have a  physical disability that limits their ability to play the game of Volleyball as  we know it: standing up. This typically includes athletes who are affected by  amputation (of the arm or leg), major knee tears, polio, knee or hip  replacements, or any major muscle loss. In fact, by eliminating jumping, which  can be adversely affected by disability or age, Sitting Volleyball (www.sittingvolleyball.org) puts all  players on a level playing field and brings disabled and able-bodied  individuals together to play an enjoyable sport without limiting anyone’s  abilities. The local team is Nebraska High Rollers. They practice at the  Nebraska Elite Sports and Fitness Club within the Volleyball Center. The season runs January –  June. This is a Paralympic Sports Club Omaha event and is sponsored by Eastern  Nebraska Wheelchair Athletic Association, Creighton Alegent Health Immanuel Rehab Center, Great Plains Volleyball and the Volleyball Center. For more  information contact: rasmussenbrent@yahoo.com or jmunson@alegent.org

Quad Rugby
Quad Rugby, also known as  “murderball”, is a wheelchair sport originally developed in Canada.  In 1981 the sport was introduce in the United States and has become one of the  fastest growing wheelchair sports in the U.S. with more than 45 organized  teams. Quad Rugby is both an international sport and a competitive sport in the  Paralympic Games. Players have various disabilities, but all must have  impairments in at least three out of four limbs. Players are given a  classification number ranging from .5 to 3.5. The players with .5  classifications have the greatest impairments and play defensive positions.  While players with higher classification numbers have lesser impairments and  play offensive positions. Quad Rugby players use special reinforced wheelchairs  that can withstand the high energy, competitive play of the sport. The local team The Midwest Rugby Rebels (rugbyrebels.wetpaint.com) formed in early 2007, under the sponsorship of BlazeSports Omaha, a partnership between the  Eastern Nebraska Wheelchair Athletic Association, Alegent Health Immanuel  Rehabilitation Center, Great Plains Paralyzed Veterans of America.  Our team is based in Omaha, and the players come from Nebraska, Iowa and  South Dakota. Practices are held at the Great Plains PVA in Omaha and Madonna  ProActive in Lincoln, The Midwest Rugby Rebels practice typically  from September thru April and compete in regional tournaments and  host a local tournament. For more information contact: info@enwaa.org

 

Bocce Ball
This is an Italian lawn game which is adapted to play indoors. This is an  exciting game of accuracy and strategy. The athletes can participate  individually or as a team. The court is measured out on a gym floor. Together  or individually the athletes strategize to see how many of their thrown Bocce  Balls will score them points by tossing the balls closest to the target ball.  An athlete of all abilities can participate and are allowed to have an aid  assist if necessary. There are ramps available if a person is unable to toss  the ball with his/her hands. This is a Paralympic Sports Club Omaha event and is sponsored  by Alegent Health Immanuel Rehab Center and Paralyzed Veterans of America. The  sessions are held at the Paralyzed Veterans of America located at 7612 Maple  Street beginning in May. For more information contact: jmunson@alegent.org

Other Sports

ENWAA has supported other adult wheelchair sports such as wheelchair tennis  and snow skiing, but our current membership does not currently have much  interest in these sports. We are always looking for new programs, so let us  know if there is a sport we can help you with.

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