Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League

The Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) was founded in 1986 and has two primary divisions: the open division and the women’s division.

The league features wheelchair basketball club teams from across Canada and culminates each season with a national championship for each division – the CWBL National Championship and the CWBL Women’s National Championship.

The league is fully integrated as both divisions welcome athletes with a disability as well as able-bodied athletes to play in the spirit of competition. It often features some of the country’s best wheelchair basketball players, including past, present and future members of Team Canada.

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CWBLopen-portraitCWBL Open Division

The Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) Open Division is a fully integrated league, featuring male and female athletes with and without a disability playing together in a spirit of competition and camaraderie.

The nationwide league begins in September and culminates in the spring at the CWBL National Championship, where eligible CWBL club teams from across Canada compete for the national title.

Conferences

The CWBL Open Division consists of the following conferences:

  • British Columbia Conference
  • Prairie Conference
  • Great Lakes (Ontario) Conference
  • Quebec Conference
  • Maritime Conference

Classification

Wheelchair Basketball Canada classification system (1.0) through (4.5):

  • Able-bodied athletes classified as 4.5.
  • Total number of points on the court not to exceed 15, except:
    If a team plays a female player the team will be entitled to add one (1) additional point to the total for each female player that is on court.

CWBLwomen-portraitCWBL Women’s Division

The Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) Women’s Division is open to female athletes with and without a disability who play together in a spirit of competition and camaraderie.

The nationwide league begins in September and culminates in the spring at the CWBL Women’s National Championship, where eligible CWBL women’s teams from across Canada compete for the national title.

Classification

Wheelchair Basketball Canada classification system (1.0) through (4.5):

  • Able-bodied athletes classified as 4.5.
  • Total number of points on the court not to exceed 17, except:
    If a team plays a player who is eligible under the New Player Rule (3.9), the team will be entitled to add one (1) additional point to the total for each eligible player that is on court.
    If a team plays a player who is eligible under the New Player Rule in their second year, the team will be entitled to add a half (0.5) additional point to the total for each eligible player that is on court.