Deaf basketball

Deaf basketball

Deaf basketball is basketball played by deaf people. Sign language is used to communicate whistle blows and communication between players.


  • National associations 1
  • Players 2
  • Deaf International Basketball Federation 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

National associations

The game played by deaf people is organized with national and international associations including Deaf Basketball Australia [1], Deaf Basketball UK [2] and United States of America Deaf Basketball (USADB) [3][1]


Deaf basketball has gained great visibility because of athletes like Lance Allred who played basketball with the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers. Allred is hearing impaired, with a 75-80% hearing loss wearing a hearing aid. He later on continued to play basketball professionally in the European basketball leagues.

Another high profile deaf basketball player is the Slovenian professional basketball player Miha Zupan, born with impairment similar to that of Allred, yet plays power forward at highest professional level in Europe.

Deaf International Basketball Federation

Deaf International Basketball Federation (DIBF) is a world governing body for international deaf basketball with support of Deaflympics (The Deaf Olympics) and its confederations. DIBF also maintains a documented history of the basketball by recording and reporting on all major international contests from the inception of international competitions to the present.


  1. ^ Gannon, Jack. 1981. Deaf Heritage–A Narrative History of Deaf America, Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, pp. 282-286

External links

  • Deaf International Basketball Federation (DIBF Official site)
  • Deaf Basketball Australia
  • Deaf Basketball UK
  • United States of America Deaf Basketball (USADB)