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Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced game played by two teams of 5 players where the object is to toss the ball throw the opposing teams basket. Every team is comprised of five players and seven substitutes. The match consists of four periods of ten minutes. After the first and the third period there is an interval of one minute. There is a 15-minute interval between the second and third period. If the score is tied at the end of playing time for the fourth period, the match will be continued with an extra period of five minutes or with as many such periods of five minutes as are necessary to break the tie.
- A goal is credited to the team attacking the basket into which the ball has entered as follows:
- A goal from a free throw counts one (1) point.
- A goal from the two-point field goal area counts two (2) points.
- A goal from the three-point field goal area counts three (3) points.
Every team has 24 seconds to complete its attempt to score a basket. If the team with the ball exceeds this time limit, then the ball and the right of play is granted to the opposing team.
As in able-bodied Basketball, players must dribble the ball when having gained control of the ball on the court. It is a traveling violation to take more then two pushes on the wheels without dribbling the ball. A player is not allowed to touch the playing surface with his or her feet while in possession of the ball.