Adaptive Sports Ohio’s community-based sports are open to all ages including disabled veterans, multiple disability types, and vary by location. Our program managers are available to help find the best fit for you.
Equipment: The adaptive equipment used in our programs is considered an equalizer, enabling many different disability types and function levels to play the same sport. Most of our programs use sport wheelchairs, however, many of our athletes are not every day wheelchair users. Adaptive Sports equipment is costly, but we have a large inventory that is available for use at each program.
Locations: Programs are currently offered in Wayne, Cuyahoga, Mahoning and Lucas Counties. Details are below. Don’t see a sport you are interested in or a location near you? Our vision is to offer opportunities across Ohio and our resources are still growing. Please still reach out to us and let us know what sport you’d like to see us offer in your community.
Calendar: To view the current practice schedule for each of our program locations, please see our up-to-date calendar.
Contact Us: Learn more about our current community-based sport offerings below and then contact us to get involved.
Interscholastic Sports: Learn more about interscholastic adaptive sports here.
Power soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of 4 power chair users attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in an attempt to score points on a goal. It is a great fit for power chair users, individuals with limited upper body function, progressive disabilities, or other disabilities that do not require a power chair for daily use, as chair modifications can be made to fit a variety of disabilities.
Adaptive Sports Ohio offers recreational power soccer programs in Wooster, Youngstown, and Cleveland. Players interested in getting more involved can also join our competitive travel team, Team Force.
Power Soccer in the United States is governed by the United States Power Soccer Association. Visit their website to learn more about the rules and history of the game.
Just as in ice hockey, sled hockey is played with six players (including a goalie) at a time. Players propel themselves on their sled by use of spikes on the ends of two, thirty-inch-long sticks, enabling a player to push him/herself as well as shoot and pass ambidextrously. Sled Hockey is open to adult/junior male and female athletes with: amputation/limb loss, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke.
Adaptive Sports Ohio is proud to offer three adult/junior competitive teams, the Wooster Wildcats, Youngstown Boom, and Toledo Walleye. We are also in the process of starting a new Cleveland program.
Our sled hockey teams are governed by USA Hockey. Visit USA Hockey’s Sled Hockey page to learn more about the rules and history of the game.
Adaptive Sports Ohio offers strength & conditioning sessions twice per week in Wooster. Athletes work one-on-one with a knowledgeable trainer during an hour-long session to help improve overall health. Benefits of strength & conditioning include increased energy, improved intellectual capacity and productivity, better sleep, weight loss, strong bones, control of depression, and decreased stress, among others.
Wheelchair basketball is played by individuals with varying physical disabilities that precludes them from playing competitive stand up basketball. One of the misconceptions of wheelchair basketball is that you must use a chair for everyday mobility to play the sport. In fact, many wheelchair basketball athletes are ambulatory.
Adaptive Sports Ohio offers recreational drop-in opportunities in Wooster, Youngstown, and Cleveland. Often, non-disabled family members and friends join in on the fun at our drop-in sessions.
We’ve also launched an interscholastic wheelchair basketball league that allows students to play for a school-based team. To learn more about our school-based programs, please visit our interscholastic sports page.
In wheelchair rugby, two teams of four compete, trying to carry a ball across the opponent’s goal line in order to score a point. A volleyball is used and must be bounced or passed between teammates at least once every 10 seconds during play. The sport is played in four eight-minute stop-time quarters indoors on a basketball court. All players are classified based on their abilities from 0.5 to 3.5 points. Four players from each team are allowed on the court at a time and the classification value between them cannot exceed 8.0 points. Wheelchair rugby is open to male and female athletes with amputation/limb loss, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke. Athletes must have a disability that includes some loss of function in at least three limbs.
Adaptive Sports Ohio’s competitive team, the Rhinos, practice in Wooster, Ohio.
Our wheelchair rugby program is governed by the United States Wheelchair Rugby Association (formerly United States Quad Rugby Association). Visit their website to learn more about the rules and history of the game.
Handcycling is designed to include multiple physical disability types, not just wheelchair users. There are many different types of handcycles which can cater to many different disabilities – enabling those with limited function to be able to experience the freedom that cycling provides.
Adaptive Sports Ohio offers numerous handcycling clinics and sessions throughout the summer months.
The rules of Paralympic track and field are almost identical to those of its non-disabled counterpart. Certain allowances are made to accommodate certain disabilities. For example, the blind and more severely visually impaired runners compete with guide runners, who are often attached by the wrist with a tether to the runner. Different disabilities compete in “classifications” based on function. Adaptive Sports Ohio’s track and field program is open to male and female athletes with: dwarfism, amputation/limb loss, blindness/visual impairment, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users, cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke, etc.
Adaptive Sports Ohio offers track & field and road racing sessions in Wooster and Youngstown throughout the summer. Athletes have the opportunity to travel and compete at national track & field competitions and can participate in our annual Casey’s Challenge 5K. We also assist middle school and high school athletes who want to compete on their school’s track & field teams. For more information about getting involved in OHSAA track & field, please see our interscholastic sports page.
Adaptive/Paralympic Track and Field is governed by the US Olympic and Paralympic Center. More information on rules and classification can be found here.
Wheelchair softball is similar to traditional softball with some minor rule and equipment adaptations. It is played on hard, smooth surfaces, like cement or blacktop and follows the rules of sixteen-inch slow pitch softball from the Amateur Softball Association of America. Wheelchair softball is played with a ball that is softer than the type used in a regular softball game, so players may opt to go gloveless in the field. Adaptive Sports Ohio’s wheelchair softball sessions are recreational and are open to multiple disability types.
Adaptive Sports Ohio offers wheelchair softball sessions in Wooster and Youngstown throughout the summer.
Wheelchair tennis follows generally the same rules as its able-bodied counterpart, except wheelchair tennis players get two bounces of the ball, if needed, before having to return the ball back over the net. Wheelchair tennis can be played in either a manual or power chair. Adaptive Sports Ohio’s wheelchair tennis sessions are recreational and are open to multiple disability types. Participants have the option of also competing in tennis tournaments.
Adaptive Sports Ohio offers tennis sessions in Wooster, Youngstown and Cleveland throughout the summer.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) organizes community-based programs throughout Ohio. For more information, visit the USTA’s wheelchair tennis page.
Adaptive Sports Ohio added wheelchair football in 2021. Wheelchair Football is similar to traditional football with some minor rule adaptations, like 1-hand touch instead of tackling. Wheelchair Football is open to adults with a lower limb impairment. Adaptive Sports Ohio offers a competitive travel team that competes in the USA Wheelchair Football League (USAWFL) and a non-travel recreational option. The season starts in late June and runs through October, with practices on Thursday nights in Wooster and Saturday mornings in Cleveland.
The USAWFL is a program of Move United, a nonprofit organization that uses the power of sport to push what’s possible for people with disabilities. The USAWFL is made possible in part by an NFL/BWF Salute to Service partnership to provide a ‘Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community’ grant.
Join us at Dream Camp for a weekend of adaptive sports and recreation! During this overnight camp, participate in Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Softball, Kayaking, Swimming, Track, High Ropes, Games, Campfire, and more!
Date: July 8-10, 2022
Who: Youth with Disabilities, aged 7-18. Students enrolled in high school that are 18 or older are also eligible to participate. (Personal care not provided; Campers may bring personal care attendant at extra cost.)
Cost: $150.00 (includes lodging and food) Limited number of camperships are available. Contact us to apply.
Location: Recreation Unlimited, 7700 Piper Road, Ashley, Ohio 43003
Equipment: Adaptive Sports Ohio will provide adaptive sports equipment. Campers are also welcome to bring their own.
Counselors: Current Adaptive Sports Ohio Athletes that are 18 or older that are not currently in high school are eligible to apply to become a Dream Camp counselor. One male and one female athlete will be selected. Counselor duties include: assisting with activities, equipment and supervision of participants. Apply to be a camp counselor here.
Registration: All applications must be submitted by June 15, 2022 and include full payment. Register here.
For more information, please contact us.
Paul Schulte Foundation Youth Wheelchair Basketball Clinic
Date: May 1, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Gault Recreation Center, 515 Oldman Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691
Register: Online here.
This free 1-day clinic for children in Northeast Ohio will focus on the fundamentals of wheelchair basketball, as well as life with a disability.
The Paul Schulte Foundation was created in 2007, with a focus on providing youth with disabilities an avenue to build confidence through sport, by sponsoring them for participation in wheelchair sports camps. Paul has leveraged their growth and success from sport into life, including successful careers. Their goal is to provide children the same exposure to the sport, as a motivation for them to pursue whatever their goals may be.