Welcome to Lakers Adapted Sports!
about the league
The team is co-operatively sponsored by Minnetonka Public Schools and Wayzata Public Schools and the mascot is the Lakers. Within the league there are two divisions: PI (physically impaired) and CI (cognitively impaired).
The goal of the program has always been to provide sports experiences for high school athletes with disabilities in the same manner that they have been provided for non-disabled athletes. Sports offered are co-ed soccer, floor hockey, and softball, played indoors with modified rules and lighter equipment to assure safe yet competitive play. Bowling is also offered as both an individual and team sport. Minnesota is the first state where adapted sports have been officially sanctioned by a state high school league.
MAAA Mission Statement
The mission of the Minnesota Association for Adapted Athletics is to provide youth with disabilities the same opportunity as other students to enjoy the benefits of a quality high school sports program. It is the belief of the MAAA Board that the mental and physical attributes that student athletes acquire through participation will help them lead more productive and well-rounded lives.
Fall: (Aug.-Nov.): Soccer
Winter (Nov.-Mar.): Floor Hockey
Spring (Mar.-June): Softball and Bowling
Student athletes may earn awards, school “Wayzata W” or “Minnetonka M” letters, All-Conference Team and Minnesota State High School League All Tournament Team recognition.
Practices are after school at a facility in the Minnetonka or Wayzata schools. Coaches work with students to compete in local games, sectional playoffs and state competition.
Adapted athletics teams meet approximately three times each week. Most games are scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, and/or Thursdays (game schedule link on www.mnadaptedathletics.org). Practices are also typically held on those days, although practices may occasionally need to be held on Wednesdays or Fridays. Teams play 8-10 games per season. The State Tournament is held on a Friday afternoon and all day Saturday at the end of each season. Bowling participants play on Saturday mornings, competing against other teams via email exchange of scores, and have a one day (Friday) State Tournament at a metro location at the end of the season.
Players will be provided with practice/game balls. They need to wear shoes that provide good support and traction (tennis shoes) and have their own shin guards. Players who use wheelchairs choose whether to use their hands or chair/feet for game play.
- Floor Hockey
Players will be provided with hockey sticks (PI players who use wheelchairs may use adapted sticks attached to their chair), helmets, and gloves (gloves are individual choice). Goalies will be provided full protective gear according to MSHSL guidelines. Additional protective gear such as shin pads for other players are at their discretion. In addition, players need to wear shoes that provide good support and traction (tennis shoes).
The equipment used for this sport are “whiffle” balls and plastic bats, which will be provided. Batting tees may be used. Players supply their own glove unless the coach gives permission to play without one.
Balls and adapted equipment such as ramps and balls with retractable handles will be provided. Players may use their own bowling ball and bowling shoes if they have their own.
Players will be provided with team uniforms for all sports. There will be a replacement fee charged for lost or damaged equipment/uniforms.
Two Co-Ed Divisions
- PI Division: Intended for students with physical impairments that affect motor function, modifies gait patterns or requires the use of a prosthesis or mobility device - - or they may have a cardio-respiratory impairment that limits the intensity and duration of physical exertion.
- CI Division: Intended for students with cognitive impairments as defined by a full scale intelligence quotient of 70 or below.
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