Wheelchair rugby, also known as “Quad Rugby” or “Murderball”, is internationally, one of the fastest growing sports. This is very positive as there are not too many opportunities to participate in handicapped team sports.
Wheelchair rugby is played with 4 players on the court per team, in addition the teams can have 8 substitutes on the bench. It is played on a basketball court with a ball very similar to a volleyball. The aim of the game is to score goals by by players crossing crossing the opponent’s goals line while the ball is fully under control. The ball can be centred, thrown, hit, dribbled and rolled in all directions. the opponents want to try to stop this from happening, often the best way to do this is by coming forward and blocking the opponents wheelchair.
WHO CAN PLAY?
In Norway, everyone can partake in training and competitions regardless of their physical ability. It is played in specially developed rugby specific wheelchairs to make the sport as accessible as possible.
To compensate for different handicaps, all players get tested and classified by their body functionality. Each player is awarded between 0.5 and 3.5 points according to strength and function level in relation to wheelchair rugby rules.
The Norwegian national and regional series 4.0 points for paraplegics and 4.5 points for pedestrians. Functional fitness is often included in workouts and series.
Each team is allowed a maximum of 8 points split between the 4 players, Because rugby is a very technical team sport, all players regardless of their points score, have a purpose and job to do for the team.
Wheelchair rugby is a sport that demands the physical strength and fitness from the players. Therefore, part of each training session is used to strengthen and improve the fitness and technique of the players. Training also includes sessions focusing on the driving/control of the wheelchairs. In addition, teams practice different modes/teams setups to be used/tested in training. It is incredibly important that the game plans work and that everyone know their place/job in the team.
Regardless of the physical ability of players, they all have an important function. All of the above helps to lead to being stronger both in technique and in mentality, which is good for the game, but also great for life.
WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED
Wheelchair rugby is the fastest growing team sports for people with disabilities. Today wheelchair is played all over the world, in 40 countries!
Wheelchair rugby is an intense, fast and action filled sport. It is played by men and women. Both genders can play on the same team together, making it a mixed sport.
Originally, the sport was developed by final chord injuries and people with paralysis in the arms/fingers. Today, amongst other things the activity includes muscular paralysis, amputees and athletes born with CP or dysmelia. Some of the world’s best players are included in this.
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Riley Batt – World’s best player – Born with dysmelia.
Chris Bond – Hand and Leg Amputee