Benefits of Playing Wheelchair Softball
There are numerous benefits that can be achieved by playing wheelchair softball. From a physical fitness standpoint, improving the skills required to be a better softball player can lead to an improvement in overall physical fitness, function, and ability, especially in the areas of:
• Hand-eye coordination
• Strength and endurance
• Mobility skill and function
There are also benefits beyond those that are not strictly physical. Specifically, participating in wheelchair softball can improve mental and social wellness, as playing the game requires strategy and skill, as well as positive, effective communication and interaction with teammates and coaches.
For official wheelchair softball competition, a point-based classification system is used to determine the makeup of each team. The point system is based on the point system used by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) and the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA). Each player is given a score based on his or her classification, with a person designated a Quad (any) or Class I being assigned one point, a Class II being assigned two points, and a Class III being assigned three points. Female players are scored at one less classification than their NWBA classification. A team’s total number of points, based on its players, cannot exceed 22.
Not all games will be played for strictly competitive purposes. As such, games played for fun can include anyone, as long as they remain in a wheelchair and follow the rules of the game.