Basic Rules for Wheelchair Rugby

Some may think that because Wheelchair Rugby is played in a wheelchair that there wouldn’t be any real and hard and fast rules. Quite to the contrary, there are set rules to be followed for this gameplay, just as there is for any other type of sport.

It all begins with a team being comprised of a maximum of twelve players. Out of each team playing against one another, there can only be four players from each on the playing court during gameplay.

The game is played on a regulation size hardwood court located in indoor premises and has to be the same size as a basketball court according to its regulations.

The gameplay is fast moving as the participant who has the ball has the choice to either bounce the ball or pass it to a teammate all within ten seconds.

It’s all about timing in Wheelchair Rugby. There is only a twelve-second window for a team to get the ball from their backcourt up to the frontcourt.

Then within a forty-second-time frame, a team either has to score a point or give up the ball to the other team.

The goal areas at each end of the court are marked out with a pylon. The end line within the key is the goal line. In order to score, the player with the ball must carry it across the goal line. In order for the goal to count, two of the wheels of the wheelchair of the player carrying the ball must cross over the goal line.

The time factor doesn’t stop here either. Players who are taking on the offensive role cannot be in the other team’s key for more than ten seconds. Each team is only allowed to have a maximum of three players in their own key area when they are protecting their goal line.

Physical contact makes up part of the excitement of the game, and it’s not uncommon for wheelchairs to clash. However, no direct physical contact is allowed and neither is ramming wheelchairs from behind.

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