History Jakarta Swift Basketball

Jakarta Swift Wheelchair Basketball was founded in 2018 as the first wheelchair basketball organization in Jakarta, and thus formed the first wheelchair basketball team to be representing Indonesia at the 2018 Asian Para Games.

Representing Indonesia proudly, and harnessing the spotlight and momentum to make ourselves and supporters known to as many people as possible

Our long-term goal is to establish wheelchair basketball in Indonesia as a competitive national sport, by developing a grounded foundation of disability awareness and inclusive athletic opportunities throughout all communities, cities, and provinces in Indonesia.

Swift

The Swift bird comes from the bird family “Apodidae”, which is derived from the Greek meaning “footless”. As an adaptation, they are known to be able to stay airborne for months without landing. The physical characteristics and Greek meaning to the family of the Swift bird represents the wheelchair basketball athlete’s ability to adapt, compete and live unhindered despite physical disabilities.

Vision

Create inclusive communities that are self-empowered with the perspectives and responsibilities to advocate for the rights and opportunities of all persons marginalized in society.

Mission

Offer opportunities for both disabled and able-bodied athletes to connect and compete in wheelchair basketball at all levels of competition across Indonesia.

What is Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball is a just a different way to play the game of basketball. To accommodate for people with lower limb disabilities, each athlete uses specifically designed ball chairs to get up and down the court. It is full contact basketball, with all the elements of basketball, but with the additional use of a ball chair as a piece of sports equipment.

What makes wheelchair basketball so unique is that it demands a combined skillset distinct from any other sport. Athletes must maneuver their chairs with precise technique, finesse, and explosive physicality.

The rules of the sport are very similar to stand-up basketball :

  • Same Ring Height
  • Same Court Dimensions
  • Same Ball
  • Same 3 Pointers

There are only 2 main changes to the rules:

  • No Double-Dribbling
  • Travelling occurs when a player pushes his/her wheel more than twice without a dribble

Anatomy of a Chair

While you can still stand out with a nice pair of kicks on the court, having the best shoe game is not always what our athletes yearn for. (to be fair, some of our athletes don’t have feet =P)

Instead, it’s that shiny custom hardware that allow us to stop on dimes, do pull up jumpers, fade-aways, jabs, nasty spin moves, and those chase-down tilt blocks that might just convince crowds that wheelchair ballers can jump.

We call it a: Ball Chair

Just as no two athletes are the same, no two ball chairs are the ever same. Each chair is fitted, colored, and accessorized specifically for the athlete, depending on disability, body type, playstyle, and preference.

  • Camber: Angled Wheels allow for greater stability, quicker turns, and prevent opponent hand rims from breaking our knuckles.
  • Bumper: Think gladiator chairs.
  • Back Casters (5th/6th Wheels): As much as we like hitting the floor hard, no one likes falling backwards. These back wheels prevent that.
  • Click Straps: Your chair are your legs and feet. The snugger it fits, the more you and your chair move as one.
  • High Tensile Strength Fiber Spokes: These aren’t your ordinary spokes. These spokes absorb the amount of aggressive torque we generate from precise cuts, and ensure a smooth responsive ride coast to coast.
  • Frame: Build material of the frame needs to be able to withstand the extreme impacts of colliding with other chairs, while still being light enough to deliver instant responses to our pushes, stops, and turns.

Classification

Most common question in wheelchair basketball is…
How is the game fair for athletes with different disabilities?

As in every sport, athletes are categorized according to certain criteria to play the sport. Wheelchair basketball is no different.

In Wheelchair Basketball, every player is assigned a class point from 1.0 - 4.5, depending on the athlete’s amount of function on the court. Essentially, the greater the classification point, the more function the athlete has.

Class 1.0-1.5: T1-T7 Paraplegia, Polio, high functioning Cerebral Palsy, Minimal/No trunk control

Class 2.0-2.5: T8-L1 Paraplegia, Polio, Spina Bifida No lower extremity control

Class 3-3.5: L2-L4 Paraplegia, Polio Weak hip control

Class 4.0: L5 – S1 Paraplegia, Above the Knee Amputees, significant impairment to one lower extremity

Class 4.5: Leg Length Discrepancies, Below the knee Amputees, Knee Reconstructions, Able-Bodied Full Control of legs, hips, trunk

The 5 players that make up a team on the court must not accumulate more than 14 points on the court.

This adds not only balance, but elements of strategy to the game, as it teams must continuously adjust line-ups while accommodating for each players’ classification.

What’s Happening

Timeline Kegiatan

  • December 2017: National Team Selection Camp
  • January 2018: National Team Training Start
  • March 2018: Asia Oceanic Zone Qualifications for 2018 Asian Para Games
  • June 2018: Jakarta Training Camp with Australian Head Coach
  • July 2018: Asian Para Games Test Event - Silver Medalist

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