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Wheelchair Rugby Association Singapore is a registered society. Our mission is to lead, promote and grow a vibrant and inclusive wheelchair rugby community. We want everyone who is involved, players, volunteers, officials, to love everything about the sport. 

What is Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair rugby is a popular and robust game, with clear rules. It is a mixed team sport for male and female wheelchair users, many of whom have spinal cord injuries, quadriplegia or paraplegia, neurological conditions, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or amputations.

The aim is for players to carry the ball across the line of their opponents. Players use their wheelchairs to block opposing players and prevent them from scoring. It is a sport where chair contact and collisions are very much part of the game.

What Equipment is Needed

​​​​​​​Athletes compete in manual wheelchairs that are specifically built for the sport. The rules include detailed specifications for wheelchairs to ensure safety and fairness. In an international competition, there is strict adherence for all wheelchairs to meet these requirements. The game is played with a white ball, similar to a volleyball. Four cones, pylons, or markers are used to mark the goal lines. A game clock is also required; any clock used for basketball, handball, or other similar sports is usually sufficient.

Who Can Play

The level of disability of a player in international wheelchair rugby has seven different classifications ranging from 0.5 to 3.5, with the lower the number the greater the level of physical restriction. Teams of four cannot have an overall classification higher than 8.0.

Players with a classification of 0.5 tend to be defenders or ‘blockers’, while those with the highest classification are more inclined to be playmakers suited to a more dynamic role. Teams are mixed, made up of both men and women. For each female player on the court, an additional half-point is allowed.

Did You Know

Wheelchairs used by attacking players are shorter with small bumpers and rounded wings so that they can turn and maneuver in tight spaces. Defensive wheelchairs are longer and have a wide bumper at the front designed to strike and hold opposing players.

  • What is the best way to help?
    Supporting the Wheelchair Rugby Association of Singapore can take various forms, each contributing to the growth and success of our programs. Financial contributions through donations and sponsorship are crucial for sustaining our initiatives. However, if direct monetary support isn't feasible, your time and expertise are equally invaluable. We rely on a diverse team of volunteers, players, coaches, referees, classifiers, trainers, and equipment managers to keep our association thriving. If you're passionate about making a difference, explore our Contact Page to learn how you can get involved and contribute to our cause.
  • Where can I catch a game?
    Check out our Events page!
  • How old do you have to be to play?
    There's no specific age requirement. Some players have started in their early teens, while others continue to play into their 40's and 50's. What matters most is having the passion and drive to engage in this exhilarating sport. Whether you're young or young at heart, as long as you're ready to roll and embrace the thrill of competition, you're welcome to join the game!
  • Can women play?
    Yes, this is one of the few sports that allow both men and women to compete together on an equal basis. Women are not only welcomed but encouraged to participate and compete alongside their male counterparts. It's all about skill, strategy, and teamwork, making wheelchair rugby a sport where everyone can thrive and excel, regardless of gender. So, if you're a woman interested in the adrenaline rush of the game, grab a chair and join in on the action!
  • Have there been many injuries in the sport?
    In wheelchair rugby, efforts are made to prioritize safety through tailored equipment and game play rules. Although rare, players may experience injuries including fractures, muscle tears, and minor cuts or bruises.
  • What are the critical safety precautions in wheelchair rugby?
    To ensure player safety, players cannot strike behind another player's wheelchair anywhere behind the axle of the rear wheel if it causes the chair to rotate horizontally or vertically. While seated in the wheelchair: ● No wrist accessories (including watches), rings/ earrings/ necklaces ● Seatbelt on at ALL times ● Feet kept within chair ● Watch your fingers when you push the wheel/pick the ball up from the ground At the sidelines: ● Stay out of the court while the game is ongoing At all times: ● Be respectful and considerate to your teammates, coaches and volunteers
  • What is the origin of wheelchair rugby?
    Wheelchair rugby, also known as quad rugby, is a full-contact team sport designed specifically for athletes with impairments affecting their upper and lower limbs. Originating in Canada in the 1970s, wheelchair rugby was initially conceived as a sport for individuals with quadriplegia. It has since evolved into a dynamic and fiercely competitive sport, gaining popularity worldwide, including in Singapore. Learn about the sport at!
  • What is the difference between a tetraplegic, a quadriplegic and a paraplegic?
    The words tetraplegic and quadriplegic are interchangeable, and are simply used in different parts of the word to describe the same thing. Both 'quad' and 'tetra' refer to the number four, because usually someone who has injured their cervical spine (neck), results in some loss of function in all four limbs. A paraplegic is usually someone who has inured either their thoracic or lumbar portion of the spine (back). A paraplegic will usually have the full use of their arms, hands and sometimes trunk muscles.
  • What are the game rules for wheelchair rugby?
    Wheelchair rugby combines elements of basketball, handball, and ice hockey, played on a regulation-sized basketball court with modified rules and equipment. ● Scoring in wheelchair rugby is called a “try”. ● Objective: Carry the ball across the opposing team's try line while maneuvering wheelchairs and evading defenders. ● Players use specialized wheelchairs equipped with reinforced frames and bumpers to withstand collisions and contact during gameplay. ● The sport is fast-paced, highly physical, and demands a combination of skill, strategy, and teamwork. Key rules Game objective: ● To carry the ball across the opposing team's try line. To score: ● Two wheels must cross the line for the try to count, and the player must have firm control of the ball when he/she crosses the line. Game area and ball: ● 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. Game duration: ● The game consists of four eight-minute quarters. ● There is a two-minute break between quarters and a five-minute break at half-time. Possession rules 1. Teams have 40 seconds to score on each possession 2. After a try or stoppage of play, the player has 10 seconds to inbound the ball 3. A player whose team has control of the ball cannot remain in the opposing team's key for more than 10 seconds 4. A player in possession of the ball must dribble the ball within 10 seconds or pass the ball to another player within 10 seconds 5. The defending team must have no more than three players in the key 6. Whenever a player receives or gains possession of the ball in his own half 7. The team has 12 seconds to bring the ball over the half-court line Contact & Safety ● Wheelchair rugby is a full-contact game and chair contact is encouraged ● To ensure player safety, players cannot strike another player's wheelchair anywhere behind the axle of the rear wheel if it causes the chair to rotate horizontally or vertically
  • Could you provide a video demonstration showcasing the gameplay of wheelchair rugby?
  • What is wheelchair rugby's classification system?
    Wheelchair rugby employs a classification system to ensure fair competition among athletes with varying degrees of impairment. ● Classification is based on functional ability and is determined by a team of classifiers who assess players' physical and functional capabilities. ● Players are assigned a point value ranging from 0.5 to 3.5, with lower scores indicating more significant impairment. ● Teams must adhere to a strict total point limit on the court at any given time, ensuring a level playing field and promoting inclusivity within the sport.

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