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Wheelchair basketball

An exciting, action-packed, smaller format of the 5x5 game, 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball will make history in Birmingham when the sport makes its Commonwealth Games. 

Combining speed, skill, agility and balance, teams will battle it out to steal, block and shoot their way to victory in the heart of the city centre. Fast-paced and frenetic, this new format is expected to make 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball one of the highlights of Birmingham’s inclusive sports programme. 

Played on half-court, with the same height basket as basketball, 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball is quick and intense with teams having just 12 seconds to shoot during each phase of play with games played over a single period of 10 minutes. 

Anybody who has not seen the sport before can expect thrills, spills (with the sport renowned for being hard-hitting) and plenty of drama, making 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball a sport not to be missed!

You might need to know...

The scoring is slightly different to the 5x5 game with one point awarded for a shot inside the arc (also known as the “three-point line”), one point for a successful free throw and two points for a shot from behind the arc.
3x3 Wheelchair Basketball is quick and intense with games played for one period of 10 minutes, unless overtime is needed if the score is tied at the end of regular time. In overtime, the first team to score two points wins the game. The game could end before the end of regular time with the first team scoring 21 points or more winning the game.
There will be six teams competing in each of the men’s and women’s competitions from across the Commonwealth. Each team must include no more than four players with only three players allowed on court at one time.

Wheelchair basketball will be hosted at Smithfield at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games alongside basketball.

Team Leader

Jo Richards

Jo Richards

Having been working for BWB since 2008, Jo has played a leading role in the delivery of a number of major Wheelchair Basketball events in the UK including a secondment as Basketball Athlete Services Team Leader at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Jo’s role as Participation Director for BWB involves a wide variety of sports development and event management, including strategic partnership engagement and more hands on delivery for events such as the School Games and GB International Friendly Tournaments.

Jo Richards
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