Disabled Competitive Team Sports

There’s nothing quite like being part of a team that comes together to play a sport and compete to win! DASA offers the biggest selection of disabled competitive team sports and Para sport opportunities in the Midwest.

Many of our sports teams make it possible to play at a competitive level and several offer development teams for athletes new to the sport. DASA is also proud to be a SILVER Paralympic Sport Club!

Players do not need experience or a wheelchair to get started. However, athletes do have to have an irreversible physical disability, which consistently interferes with functional mobility. DASA provides coaching, as well as adaptive equipment for initial practice and play.

Adaptive Sport Athletes do not have to use a wheelchair in everyday life to play adaptive sports.

If you or your athlete is interested in playing on a competitive team, trying out for Nationals, or going on to the Paralympics, and you are new to DASA, please fill out the New Athlete Form first. If you are a returning athlete, please fill out the registration form for the sport you’d like to play, and be sure to check out our calendar for the latest information.

All sports teams and practice times, dates, locations will be updated as each season gets closer and registration opens.

Power Soccer

Power soccer allows those with disabilities the opportunity to play the most popular sport in the world. Power Soccer is the first disabled competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for people of all ages and genders who use a power wheelchair. Participants include people with quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury, and other disabilities.

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Sled Hockey

Sled hockey is an exciting disabled alternative competitive team sport that follows rules similar to able-bodied hockey. Instead of using ice skates, sled hockey players sit on a specially designed sled (sledge) equipped with two skate blades. Players use two short hockey sticks, not only for shooting and passing, but also for propelling themselves across the ice with the metal picks attached to the top of the shafts.

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Wheelchair Basketball

If you or someone you know with a physical disability is looking to participate in a competitive team sport, please consider playing for the DASA Rolling Rams. The opportunity enriches and nurtures the lives of our athletes, builds self-esteem, encourages greater self -confidence, and provides a wonderful social network. The sport also teaches teamwork, competitive skills, and discipline.

You can also train to be on the Paralympic wheelchair basketball team!

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Wheelchair (Quad) Rugby

Ages 12 and Up*

Just like wheelchair basketball, you start learning wheelchair rugby with skills and drills and benefit from coaching until you try out for the competitive team, the St. Louis Spartans, or go all the way to the Paralympics! Wheelchair Rugby (a.k.a. Quad Rugby or Murderball) is a simple game with complex strategies for playing both offense and defense. It is played with a ball similar to a volleyball on a basketball-size court with goal lines marked by cones and a lined-off “key” area.

*For children ages 12-18, parental permission is required.

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Swimming

Adaptive swimming emphasizes core strength, body awareness, endurance, and water safety. We begin with basic full-body movement and letting the athlete get comfortable with their own abilities in the water. DASA swimmers typically do not use flotation devices, which helps with developing greater self-awareness of their body and their abilities in the water. As a disabled swimmer progresses towards independence in their swim strokes, they are given the opportunity to move up to the competitive DASA Swim Team or train for the Paralympics.

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Track & Field

Try your skills at racing on the track, throwing the shot put, discus, and javelin, or flying high in the long jump! Try track and field recreationally for strength and endurance or go for the chance to be on the competitive team. DASA is fortunate to have disabled-specific equipment available for use during the season. Athletes work on running distances from 60m to 1600m and on throwing the discus, the shot put, and the javelin!

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Archery

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Boccia

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Paralympic Powerlifting

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Participate in Disabled Team Sports this Season

Participating in DASA’s disabled competitive team sports is a wonderful way to socialize, build comradery, become physically fit, gain independence, develop self-confidence, and achieve great things. Please join us this season!

To get started, please fill out the New Athlete Form first, then fill out the registration form for the sport you’d like to play, and be sure to check out our calendar for the latest information. If you need assistance, contact us today. 636-477-0716

We would love to learn more about your fitness needs and how DASA can help, please do not hesitate to reach out!



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