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Adapted sports: Wheelchair softball

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Wheelchair softball first began in 1970 in Sioux Falls, SD. “Sioux Wheelers” was the team’s name, and I can only imagine how much fun this early ’70s wheelchair softball team had. Since then, hundreds of teams have formed in the US, and even cooler, it’s growing around the world. The sport overall is quite similar to the AB-version except one difference – wheelchair softball is played on a paved diamond (better watch out for road rash).

If you’ve always wanted to give wheelchair softball a go but have kept putting it off, the time is now – spring is here and there are loads of awesome people involved. Read on for four of our favorite wheelchair softball videos!

Our first video profiles some of the best wheelchair softball players in Japan, showing the top players playing against US players. It’s no secret baseball is huge in Japan, so it should come as no surprise that wheelchair softball is one of the biggest adapted sports in this country. Watch this video as it profiles top Japanese players, showing clips of their best moves

The next video shows the 36th National Wheelchair Softball Tournament in Chicago, Illinois last year. And it shows the rolling White Sox team playing against the rolling Minnesota Twins; two of the best teams in the US. The video also includes some awesome soundbites from passionate players talking about why they love the sport (as well as why they prefer the Chicago 16 inch softball). Check out an overview of this tournament

And for a real taste of wheelchair softball, you gotta watch this video of a chilly evening practice in Pasadena, California. In the video, you get a taste of the sweat and adrenaline from the game (I want to play!). They’re all in street clothes and the competition is fierce. Check them out

And out last video shows the lighter side of the sport – the inevitable wheelchair softball bloopers (oh you know it happens). From falling over backwards while racing to homebase and getting the ball underneath your wheels to throwing the ball out into the street (I think all of us have done this at some point), behold the mighty wheelchair softball blooper video

You gotta love this sport. All you need is a paved area – heck even a parking lot will do – and you can play. For more information on the sport, check out the official page for the National Wheelchair Softball Association.

Have you tried softball on wheels yet? What did you think?

Watch the videos!

Wheelchair softball in Japan

Annual nat’l tournament in Chicago each year (the best of the best)

Cool kids practicing in Cali

Wheelchair softball bloopers

Wheelchair Adapted Sports: Aussie tennis players explain the game

Spring in here and wheelchair athletes are busy dusting off their gear. Hand-cycling, adapted golf, rock climbing, wheelchair softball – there are a tons of adapted sports that are impossible to do when it‘s snowy out. And down in Australia where the sun always shines is where you’ll find some of the best wheelchair tennis athletes in the world.

In this video from AttitudeTV, a slick Aussie disability video production company, two top Aussie wheelchair tennis players (one who is a low quadriplegic) have a ball creating a 6 minute video explaining everything about wheelchair tennis. They explain the rules, which are extremely few. Tennis is an adapted sport that’s very similar to the able-bodied version with only ONE rule change: You get two bounces.

The low quad host also shows off the custom hand splint uses in order to hold the racket (duct tape is a must!) to make sure the ball goes further than the racket when he serves. And they interview some of the top female Aussie players right now, letting you catch a glimpse of adorable camaraderie between players as well as bask in the sound of their lilty accents. And if you haven’t heard of Ben Weekes before, you will once the Paralympics come around this August. Not only does he look like a GQ model, he’s real and boy does he have an inspiring story (and he can even play with one bounce).

And Tim Gilmer, the Editor of New Mobility magazine, is busy dusting off his golf cart up in Oregon too (where he also runs an organic farm with his wife). Tim, who’s been injured since 1965, loved golf before he got hurt and has been playing the game, only adapted, for the last 30 years. Watch this video to hear his story, and to watch how easy a golf cart set-up for a paraplegic can work (once you get the hang of it).

Watch the videos!

Aussie Tennis video
Tim Gilmer plays golf