Originally known as murder ball, wheelchair rugby is a rough and rumbling sport for men and women, most of whom have quadriplegia. It is played on a basketball court and the objective is to fully cross the opponent’s goal line for a point. It is non-stop action with passing, ball carrying and of course wheelchairs crashing into each other.
This unique sport combines elements of basketball, handball and ice hockey. Wheelchair rugby was invented in 1976 in Winnipeg. Today, it is played in 40 countries and is under development in several more.
How the game is played?
The object of the game is to carry the ball across the opposing team’s goal line. Two wheels must cross the line for the goal to count, and the player must have firm control of the ball when he or she crosses the line. The game is played on a hardwood basketball court that is marked by boundary lines, a center line, a center circle and two key areas. A standard volleyball is used. The game consists of four eight-minute quarters. There is a two-minute break between quarters and a five-minute break at halftime. Teams have 40 seconds to score on each possession. After a goal or stoppage of play, the player has 10 seconds to inbound the ball. A player whose team has control of the ball cannot remain in the opposing team’s key for more than 10 seconds. A player must dribble the ball once every 10 seconds. The defending team must have no more than three players in the key.
Wheelchair Rugby Program on PEI
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