About Wheelchair Rugby

“Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time”

Quad Rugby

General Information: Wheelchair Rugby is a team sport played with a volleyball on a basketball-size court with goal lines. Athletes play in a sport chair which has special accommodations for rugby such as a front bumper, wings, and spoke protectors. The sport is a combination of wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, and soccer. The object is to gain points by crossing the goal line while you have possession of the volleyball. Games consist of four 8-minutes quarters and whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins. Wheelchair rugby is a full contact sport, however, penalties are given to athletes when contact is intentional.

Who Can Participate? In order to participate, individuals must have a combination of upper and lower body extremity impairment. Most athletes have quadriplegia and are classified as to their abilities. There is a classification system ranging from 0.5 to 3.5, with 0.5 being the players with the greatest functional impairment.

Benefits of Wheelchair Rugby:

  • Improve upper body strength
  • Improve cardiovascular endurance
  • Participate in an aggressive and competitive sport
  • Improve strategy, power, and quickness
  • Develop peer relationships
  • Enhance overall health
  • Improve quality of life
  • Increase independence
  • Focusing on possibilities

For more information on Wheelchair Rugby:

United States Quad Rugby Association - http://www.quadrugby.com/

Wheelchairs Sports Federation – www.wheelchairsportsfederation.org