Adaptive Sports Program Teams
The Camaraderie and Competition of Team Sports
The Adaptive Sports Program at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) currently sponsors eleven competitive and recreational sports teams:
Indy Rip Wheelchair Lacrosse started in 2015 with 3 athletes, well short of the 8 players needed just to have a starting roster. Indy Rip has grown since then, with over 13 players, participating in Midwest Regionals and National Championships the past four years. In 2018, they won the Midwest Regionals and started a team of all wheelchair athletes in 2019!
The wheelchair basketball teams are for varsity players ages 13-18 years old and for youth players ages 6-13. They travel to compete against different teams. Last year they finished 18th overall in the varsity division and finished 2nd place in the Junior invitational tournament. They were 15-15 last season.
Wheelchair and Adaptive Standing Tennis
Wheelchair Tennis is the only sport that can be played with able-bodied friends and family, with only one adaptation - the wheelchair player is allowed two bounces if desired. Our team also recently added another option - Adaptive Standing Tennis for individuals with limited mobility due to amputation, stroke, or other disability. Players for adaptive tennis play against individuals with similar mobility issues. Our practices include both Wheelchair and Adaptive Standing athletes as well as able-bodied players from the tennis community. Our team participates in local and Midwest tournaments, USTA league play and tennis socials. There are also opportunities to travel to further tournaments in places like Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Hilton Head and New York City. We also participate in a weekend camp, coached by United States Tennis Association national coaches, sometimes including current and former Paralympian's.
The Indy Steel sled hockey program is open to children and adults and offers both a recreational and competitive program. Due to generous funding, the cost to play is $150 for recreational players and $250 for competitive players. This includes all equipment, practices, and games, including the national tournament in April in Pittsburgh (competitive players only). The season runs from October 5 through April 5.
Blind hockey is currently the fastest growing discipline under USA Hockey. Blind Hockey is played like able-bodied hockey with only a few accommodations. People who are blind or visually impaired of all ages, abilities, and levels of exposure to ice skating and hockey are welcome to play with Indiana Blind Hockey. They offer opportunities both for recreational and competitive play.
Beep Baseball ("Beep Ball") in Indianapolis was started in 2016 by a local family with a vision to enable more blind and visually impaired individuals to play the sport of beep ball, and to create a place where athletes can have a sense of belonging after vision loss. The Edge beep baseball team participates in regional tournaments throughout the Midwest, as well as the World Series of Beep Baseball in a host city of the NBBA’s choosing each year. The 2020 World Series will be held in Ames, Iowa on the fields of Iowa State University.
The Power Soccer teams are Founders Cup level (introductory) teams. They have a broad spectrum of player abilities from beginner to skilled, and they accept all comers! Each team requires a minimum of four players, so our players take turns playing during games. They play at least 12 games in the season, including tournaments in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, St. Louis, and Wooster. Their goal is to participate in the National Tournament each year.
Quad Rugby, otherwise known as Murderball, is a sport for quadriplegic athletes. It combines elements of rugby, basketball, and handball. The players compete with 4 players on the court to carry the ball across the opposing team's goal line. Contact is a huge part of the game. Players use their chair to block and hold opponents. Quad Rugby is currently a recreational league with the RHI Sports Program. They practice on Sundays from 1:00pm-3:00pm and welcome new players. Please contact the RHI Sports Program if you would like to come to practice.
How to Sign Up for a Team
To sign-up for an event, please use the Eventbrite link located on our flyers, Facebook, or Instagram page. For all RHI Sports Program Clinics please complete the following forms:
- Coaches and Athletes Handbook (PDF)
- Sports Youth Protection Handbook (PDF)
- Athlete Intake Form (PDF)
- Participation Waiver & Photo Release Form (PDF)
- Physician Release Form (PDF)
- Athlete Participation Fee Scholarship Form (PDF)
- Social Distancing and COVID-19 Waiver (PDF)
Please scan and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax at 317-329-2063, or bring them completed to the clinic. Some clinics may require medical release by the company we are partnering with for the event. Please read description of event to make sure a medical release is not needed for the clinic you will be participating in.
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