The mission of STRAPS is to organize, promote, administer and conduct a variety of adaptive and Paralympic sports for wounded service members and veterans as well as other adults and youth. STRAPS organizes, hosts, and conducts regional and national clinics and tournaments for adaptive and Paralympic style sports. STRAPS athletes strive to become role models and mentors to others with disabilities as they promote character development through sports.
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Sports and Teams
- Adaptive Crossfit
- BocciaSimilar to Bocce, Boccia is a Paralympic sport played on a flat, smooth surface. Each match consists of four ends. Player(s) get a chance to throw six balls of their color per end. Objective is for the team to get their six balls closer to the white jack and whichever consecutive color balls are the closest will be awarded points for that end. The winner of the match is that who scores the most consecutive within all four ends. Athletes consist of those with severe and profound locomotor disabilities. Youth and Adults Boccia is played in the event center at Morgan’s Wonderland Season: October – July
- GoalballGoalball is a competitive sport played three-against-three, indoors on a gym floor. It consists of two teams on opposing ends of a 60x40 foot court, rolling a three-pound Goalball, which is sort of like a heavy basketball with a bell inside, past the opposing team without them stopping it for a goal. It's the opposing team’s job to block the ball using a full body blocking method. Athletes consist of those who are blind or visually impaired. All athletes wear a blindfold to ensure equality on the court. Minimum age to play is 10 years old. Goalball is played in the Event Center at Morgan’s Wonderland. Season: November - June
- Paralympic SoccerOften mistaken for Special Olympics soccer, Paralympic soccer differs from the traditional 11-a-side game. The game is played with seven players (six field players and a goalkeeper) in two, 30-minute halves on a smaller field. To be eligible, players must be ambulatory and have a physical challenge from a diagnosis of cerebral palsy or from having suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Players are classified (classes 5 through 8) according to the severity of their disability; the laws of the game restrict the number of each class allowed on the field at any given time. Although each player suffers from a neurological disorder, most display no cognitive or intellectual disability. Team selection and tournaments are competitive and tend to be run like professional sport organizations. To increase participation in the recreational component of the Paralympic soccer program, we allow all athletes with mobility impairments to participate (ex. Amputee, burns, spina bifida, orthopedic conditions, etc…). Minimum age to play is 10 years.
- Power SoccerThe rules of power soccer are pretty simple. Each team's starting unit is comprised of three offensive players and one goalie. The game is played on a basketball court. All athletes must utilize a powered wheelchair in order to play. During a game, the objective is to maneuver the soccer ball with the aid of a guard placed in front of the wheelchair through dribbling and passing skills. Similar to able-bodied soccer, the game incorporates a wide open, passing style and uses corner, penalty and goal kicks. The fouls and penalties that are enforced in power soccer are also similar to the able-bodied game. Athletes consist of those with physical disabilities who can independently operate a power chair. Minimum age to play is 6 years. Power soccer is played in the Event Center at Morgan’s Wonderland Season: September – June
- Sitting VolleyballSitting volleyball is a Paralympic sport, faster pace than the comparable Olympic version of volleyball due to the sport featuring a smaller court and a lower net. Each team is allowed to feature six players on court and players must maintain contact between their pelvis and the floor at all times. The objective is to hit a ball over a net and land it within the opposition's court and the first team to 25 points wins a set, but they must win by two clear points. The first team to win three sets is the winner. Athletes consist of those with physical impairments; most common is amputees Youth and Adults Sitting volleyball is played in the Event Center at Morgan’s Wonderland Season: Year-round
- Track and FieldTrack and field is a Para Sport almost identical to traditional track and field. Certain allowances are made to accommodate certain disabilities. Track events include the 100, 200, 300, 400, and 1500. Field events include shotput, discus, and javelin. Athletes consist of those of varying abilities Youth and Adults Track and field is held at Madison High School Season: March – July
- Wheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball is just that, basketball on wheels. The only rule variation is the traveling rule. An athlete playing wheelchair basketball must dribble the ball every two pushes of the chair. Wheelchair Basketball is the most popular wheelchair sport and can be played by athletes with varied physical disabilities. Athletes must be fully independent in pushing and maneuvering their manual chair or utilize crutches/braces for mobility. Wheelchair basketball is held in the Event Center at Morgan’s Wonderland. Refer to the calendar for dates and times- Click here to view the calendar.
JuniorsThe training sessions will be coached by the local San Antonio Spurs Wheelchair Basketball team athletes. Athletes ages 6 – 21 (or high school graduation) Season: September – April Parasports – SA Spurs Athletes are 21+ (adults) Season: August – April
- Wheelchair FootballWheelchair football is played on a hard surface for greater maneuverability. The field is 60x25 yards that is divided into 15-yard segments with two end zones. Teams consist of six players, containing one female and one athlete with quadriplegia. Games consist of four 15 minute quarters. Manual or motorized wheelchairs are allowed. Athletes are those with physical disabilities that can manually push and maneuver a manual chair or independently operate a power chair. Primarily Adults Wheelchair Football is played at Morgan’s Wonderland Season: September – November & March – June
- Wheelchair RugbyWith components of basketball, rugby, and handball, wheelchair rugby is a fast-paced, contact sport. Teams of four compete to cross a goal line on opposing ends of the court while adhering to IWRF rules. The team with the highest score at the end of regulation time wins. Wheelchair rugby is played indoors on a basketball court. Athletes consist of those with physical disabilities who can manually push a sports chair Primarily Adults Wheelchair Rugby is played in the Event Center at Morgan’s Wonderland and Thousand Oaks YMCA Season: Year-round
- Wheelchair SoccerIndoor Wheelchair Soccer is played on a basketball court with six players on each side- a goalie and five other players on the floor. The game is a mix between basketball, soccer, and European team handball and the most inclusive sport for all disability groups. Players must bounce, pass and throw the 10" ball in order to score on the goal. Indoor wheelchair soccer is played by athletes with physical disabilities who use manual wheelchairs. Primarily Adults Wheelchair soccer is played in the Event Center at Morgan’s Wonderland Season: August – March
- Wheelchair SoftballWheelchair softball is played on a hard surface for greater maneuverability and uses a 16-inch softball. The sport adheres to NWSA rules. STRAPS invites players of all ages and skill levels to enjoy this exciting, fast-paced sport. Wheelchair softball is played at Morgan’s Wonderland. Season: March - August