Other Wheelchair Basketball Opportunities

Featuring wheelchair basketball events, programs, and opportunities throughout the province in addition to those offered by existing OWSA wheelchair basketball clubs and recurring OWSA programming, such as the Great Lakes Conference.

Josée Matte
OWSA Wheelchair Basketball Provincial Coordinator

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Women & Girls

GEAR to Play
Girls Enabled and Ready to Play!

This girls-only wheelchair basketball program is for female players of all ages, physical abilities, and skill levels looking to play in a welcoming, low-pressure, and social environment. Basketball and basketball-related skills will be practiced with emphasis on fun! No experience required!

GEAR to Play clinics are held in various locations throughout the wheelchair basketball season (typically October – May). Sessions are led by coach Christina Swett with the help of various female athlete mentors.

For information on upcoming GEAR to Play days, please visit the OWSA Upcoming Events page.

Christina Swett, Founder, geartoplaycoach@gmail.com
Josée Matte, OWSA Program Manager, at josee@owsa.ca

Coach Education

NCCP Wheelchair Basketball ‘Competition Introduction’ Coaching Course

The focus of this introductory workshop is to learn to coach the basic skills and tactics of wheelchair basketball that will be required to support the competitive experience. Athletes will be in the ‘Learn to Train’ stage of the Long-Term Athlete Development pathway.

This workshop is designed for coaches who wish to learn the skills and techniques needed to coach in introductory competitive settings. Coaches will learn:

  • An understanding of the Long Term Athlete Development concept and model.
  • How to teach fundamental wheelchair basketball movement skills and technical/tactical skills (movement skills such as starting/stopping/turning, technical skills of shooting, passing, ball handling and chair position, tactical skills such as picking and defense).
  • How to develop an effective practice plan.
  • An understanding of the Making Ethical Decisions six-step decision making process.

Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite to take this course as it is considered to be the entry level competition course.

Note: The Competition Introduction Advanced course is a 19-hour workshop, scheduled over three days with on- and off-court teachings. Coaches must attend the entire duration of the course in order to be credited for completion.

Course Details

Date: Friday September 14 – Sunday September 16, 2018

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
875 Morningside Avenue
Toronto, ON M1C 0C7

Detailed schedule to be released at a later date.

  • Friday, September 14 – 6:00pm-9:00pm ; classroom only
  • Saturday, September 15 – 9:00am-8:00pm ; classroom and court
  • Sunday, September 16 – 9:00am-4:00pm ; classroom and court


There are several different ways to register with the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry, and Recreation system. Please note: Family and Client Numbers are required for touch tone or online registration. If you do not already have these, please call 416-338-4386 before registering.

Registration information can be found online on the City of Toronto’s website.


  • FREE for City of Toronto residents
  • $88 for non-residents

Deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018


Josée Matte
OWSA Program Manager, Wheelchair Basketball

Funding support for the NCCP Wheelchair Basketball ‘Competition Introduction’ coaching clinic has been provided in part by the ‘Let’s Get Coaching!’ program, a partnership between the City of Toronto, the Coaches Association of Ontario, and the OWSA. ‘Let’s Get Coaching!’ is a legacy of the Toronto 2015 Pan & Parapan Am Games.

Athlete Development

2018 Wheelchair Basketball Canada Late Entry Camp

Wheelchair Basketball Canada hosts athlete identification camps designed to evaluate elite wheelchair basketball athletes that have the potential and desire to be part of the National Team Program in the future. The camps feature on-court training of individual technical and tactical skills, strength and conditioning education sessions, and more. Athletes will receive elite instruction from WBC Academy Director/Head Coach Mike Frogley and other National Team Program coaches.

Athletes are typically between the ages of 20 and 28 years old. However, athletes outside of this range may be considered with approval of the Academy Director/Head Coach. The typical athlete will have been playing wheelchair basketball for between 0-4 years. Athletes will be independent in their self-care.

Date: July 26-29, 2018

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
875 Morningside Avenue
Toronto, ON, M1C 0C7

Registration Fee: $150
Covers the cost of on-court training, instruction sessions, athlete meals, and accommodations. Athletes will also be given a WBC reversible jersey.
Athletes will be responsible for their own transportation to Toronto.

Registration Deadline: Monday June 11, 2018

Mike Frogley
National Academy Director