What’s in the Game?
If you’re looking for a rush of adrenaline and excitement for players and fans, then wheelchair rugby is the sport for you!
Wheelchair rugby was introduced as a demonstration sport at the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta and become a full medal event at the 2000 Summer Paralympic Games in Sydney. The game is played on a regulation size basketball court with four players aside. It is a mixed gender sport, where both male and female athletes play on the same teams. The object of the game is for players to score by crossing the opposing team’s goal line while maintaining possession of the ball. This can be accomplished through passing, bouncing, and carrying of the ball. Physical contact between wheelchairs is permitted and forms a major part of the game.
To ensure fair competition a classification system is used to allow everyone to play. In wheelchair rugby there are seven different classes that can be assigned. To assign these classifications classifiers observe movements before game play and then observe ball handling skills and wheelchair skills during game play. They are then able to assign a class to the athlete.
To become an athlete make sure you register as a member with WSA.
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