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What is Rugby?

Wheelchair Rugby is a mixed team sport for male and female quadriplegic athletes. A unique sport created for athletes with a disability, it combines elements of rugby, basketball and handball. Players compete in teams of four to carry the ball across the opposing team’s goal line. Contact between wheelchairs is permitted, and is in fact an integral part of the sport as players use their chairs to block and hold opponents.

Who Can Take Part?

Wheelchair Rugby is played in manual wheelchairs specifically designed for the sport. Players must meet minimum disability criteria and be classifiable under the sport classification rules.

Classification

There are seven classes ranging from 0.5 to 3.5 with functional characteristics identified for each athlete class. In general, the 0.5 class includes those athletes with the most disability and the 3.5 class includes those athletes with the least disability or “minimal” disability eligible for the sport of wheelchair rugby.

In international wheelchair rugby the total number of points allowed on court at any time for each team is 8.0. That is, the total points of all four athletes actually playing cannot exceed 8.0 points. A team may play with a lineup that totals less than 8.0 points, but not more.


International Wheelchair Rugby Federation

The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation governs and promotes the sport of Wheelchair Rugby. Wheelchair Rugby is a Paralympic sport, with twenty-six countries competing in international competition and more than ten others developing national programs.


CPISRA is currently developing an adapted form of ambulant rugby suitable for individuals with cerebral palsy. Contact craig.carscadden@cpisra.org for more information.