Wheelchair netball is a variation of netball adapted for play in wheelchairs. It can be played by both people with and without disabilities.[1]


A hybrid version of basketball and netball was introduced at the Grand Festival of Paraplegic Sport in 1949.[2] Six teams composed of 37 athletes competed at the event.[2] This hybrid version of netball was played at every year's festival until 1954; it was replaced by wheelchair basketball in 1956.[2]

Modern versions of wheelchair netball are similar to standard netball, but with modified rules regarding contact, obstruction and travelling.[3]


  1. ^ Kirkby, Robert J. (1995). "Wheelchair Netball: Motives and Attitudes of Competitors with and Without Disabilities". Australian Psychologist. 30 (2): 109–112. doi:10.1080/00050069508258913.
  2. ^ a b c Brittain, Ian (2009). The Paralympic Games Explained. Sport in the Global Society. Routledge. pp. 8–10. ISBN 978-0-415-47658-4. OCLC 244057438.
  3. ^ Netball (5th ed.). London: A. & C. Black. 2009. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7136-7697-6.