Wheelchair Rugby

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About Wheelchair Rugby:

The game was first developed in Canada as a team sport for quadriplegic athletes, and was originally known as “murderball” because of its intense physical nature. After being introduced in the United States, the name was changed to “quad rugby,” but it is also commonly known as wheelchair rugby. The objective of wheelchair rugby is for a player to carry a ball across the opponent’s goal line in order to score a point. A volleyball is used and must be bounced or passed between teammates at least once every 10 seconds during play. The sport is played in four eight-minute stop-time quarters indoors on a basketball court. All players are classified based on their abilities from 0.5 to 3.5 points. Four players from each team are allowed on the court at a time and the classification value between them cannot exceed 8.0 points. Open to male and female athletes with: amputation/limb loss, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke.

ASPO’s team:

ASPO Wheelchair Rugby team, the Rhinos, currently hold rugby practices on Fridays, September through April in Akron. For current practice dates and times please refer to the calendar.