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Program Descriptions

 

Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding

DASA's Gateway Disabled Ski Program offers athletes an opportunity to achieve through a variety of exciting winter snow sport adventures, including alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski biking, downhill, slalom and giant slalom racing. This program provides modern adaptive ski equipment and instruction to disabled skiers and professional instruction to volunteers. This program is open to any athlete who needs adaptive snow sport equipment or instruction, and available to athletes with all levels of ability from beginner to advanced.

 

 DASA Archery

Archery

What started as a recreational activity for DASA athletes has become a full-session sports program with a competitive team of archers to show for it.  DASA’s "founding" competitive archer, Brian Cressler, has limited use of one of his arms, but became a successful archer using an adapted mouthpiece that allows him to draw back and release arrows with his mouth. Along with his father, Don Cressler, Brian has been an integral part in building and maintaining DASA's awesome archery program.

 

 

Boccia 

One of our newer sports, Boccia is a game of strategy and accuracy that was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy. Now, the sport includes athletes with impairments that affect motor skills. The sport is played on a flat, smooth surface, where players must throw or roll coloured balls as close as possible to a white target ball, known as the “jack.” The player, pair or team with the most balls near the jack is the winner. Boccia has been a Paralympic Sport since its introduction in the 1984 New York Paralympic Games.

 

 

Fencing 

Wheelchair fencing is a Paralympic Sport and DASA offers it and standing fencing for our athletes with disabilities. While standing fencers stand opposite of each other, seated fencing athletes sit opposite of each other in wheelchairs. The wheelchairs are held firmly to ensure that fencers do not lose their balance and topple over in the heat of the moment! Seated fencing can be played by athletes with physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, amputations, or cerebral palsy.

 

 

 Functional Fitness

Looking to build strength? Flexibility? Stability? Speed? Whatever your goals may be, these one-on-one individualized personal training sessions can help! Each session is conducted by exercise physiologists who specialize in working with clients with physical disabilities. These sessions provide an opportunity to continue physical activity after therapy; to become more active and physically fit; and/or to enhance strength and performance for a specific sport. 

 

 

Golf 

Adapted golf is played just like able-bodied golf… just with modifications, no matter big or small. Modifications may be begin with way the game is learned through various forms of instruction delivery. During the game players may be taught to swing with an adapted technique and adapted equipment may be used. 

 

 

 Martial Arts

Why learn to pop a wheelie in your wheelchair during a therapy session when you can learn it while taking martial arts? In recreational martial arts, DASA athletes learn about the discipline and movement in the sport. This program will accommodate wheelchairs and ambulators alike.

 


Power Soccer

Power soccer allows people who recently never had the opportunity to participate in sports the ability to play the most popular sport in the world. Power soccer is a sport in which even those with very limited physical abilities can not only participate, but find great success!  Some players may walk between games while others use power chairs as their primary means of mobility.  The DASA Power Soccer Teams have consisted of athletes as young as five, and a number of older adults. On the power soccer court, every athlete is equal! Power soccer is played on a basketball court, and each team is allowed 4 players on the court at one time (4 on 4). A power soccer chair is a specially designed power wheelchair capable of going up to 6mph and is equipped with a front bumper guard used for dribbling, passing, and shooting an oversized soccer ball. Just like its able-bodied counterpart, power soccer takes a great deal of strategy, coordination, and skill to become great.

 

 

 Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is an amazing sport for our athletes. This sport is so therapeutic because it encourages stretching and reaching in a fun way. At DASA, we make sure that every kid can make it to the top! We have experienced rock climbers making sure this activity is completely safe for our athletes and volunteers. 

 

 

 Sled Hockey

Sled hockey is an exciting alternative sport which follows rules quite 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 will 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. Legal body contact and raised puck shooting are as much a part of sled hockey as they are in traditional hockey. 

 

 

 Swimming

Recreational swimming and swimming lessons emphasize core strength, body awareness, endurance, and water safety. We begin with basic full body movement and letting the child 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 swimmer progresses towards independence in their swim strokes, they are given the opportunity to move up to the DASA Swim Team.

 

 

Tennis

The game of wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis as endorsed by the International Tennis Federation except the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The player must return the ball before it hits the ground a third time. The wheelchair is part of the body and all applicable ITF Rules which apply to a player’s body shall apply to the wheelchair.

 

 

 Track & Field

The DASA Dynamite Track and Field team has been competing since 1998. The team consists of athletes competing in stand-up events, as well as athletes competing in racing chairs and field chairs. Athletes with little to no use of their legs typically use a racing chair to run (racing chair is more efficient if you also have functional use of both arms).  Athletes with CP, and Visual Impairments typically run. Track and field events consist of those sanctioned by USA Track and Field.  Like swimming, athletes compete against other athletes of the same age group and functional abilities. 

 

 

 Wheelchair Basketball

The St. Louis Junior Rolling Rams is a coed, competitive wheelchair basketball team made up of children ages 6 to 18. Wheelchair basketball athletes do not have to use a wheelchair in everyday life to play wheelchair basketball. However, athletes do have to have an irreversible lower extremity disability which consistently interferes with functional mobility. Players do not need experience, or a wheelchair to get started. We provide coaching, as well as wheelchairs for initial practice and play.

 

 

 Wheelchair Lacrosse

Wheelchair lacrosse is a new team sport for athletes with and without disabilities who want to try something that is fast, physical, and fun! Played on a roller hockey rink, wheelchair lacrosse is played with teams of eight players and consists of four, fifteen minute long quarters. All players use all-court sports wheelchairs along with a lacrosse stick, helmet, and all the pads typically seen in a lacrosse game during play. Wheelchair lacrosse honors the rules and traditions of its able-bodied counterpart; in other words, full contact is allowed to stop a player from scoring the ball past the goalie into the net. Wheelchair lacrosse is a very exciting new sport to watch, but even more fun to participate in! 

 

 

 Wheelchair Rugby

The St. Louis Spartans are a HARD HITTING, FAST MOVING, HIGH SCORING, QUICK PASSING and ADRENALINE RUSHING wheelchair rugby team. Wheelchair Rugby (aka 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. The object of the game is to score a goal (1 point) by crossing the goal line with possession of the ball while the opposing team is defending that goal. The team with the most points when time runs out wins. Quad Rugby is a full contact sport, but no personal contact is allowed: Slapping, hitting, punching, gouging out eyes, biting off ears, etc. is not allowed and penalties are enforced, usually requiring time in the penalty box.

 

Other Sports & Activities

Don't see something your looking for?

DASA offers several other sport and fitness opportunities that may not be listed on our current programs.  We are also always open to new ideas for programs at DASA.  Please contact our program director Meghan with any questions or suggestions.

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Disabled Athlete Sports Association

1236 Jungermann Rd., Suite A
St. Peters, Missouri 63376

Email Us: meghang@dasasports.org
Phone : 636-477-0716
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