Rules – Basics

Wheelchair Rugby is a team sport for male and female athletes with a disability. The aim is to score goals by crossing the opposing team’s goal line while in possession of the ball. The ball may be passed, thrown, batted, rolled, dribbled, or carried in any direction subject to the restrictions laid down in the rules. The team scoring the most goals by the end of the game is declared the winner. Each team shall have no more than 8.0 points total of classifiable players on the floor at one time.
Wheelchair Rugby is played on an indoor court measuring 15 meters in width by 28 meters in length. The court is marked with boundary lines, a centerline, a center circle, and two key areas at each goal area endzone.

A court which meets FIBA regulations for basketball is considered as meeting IWRF regulations for Wheelchair Rugby.

The court includes ‘key’ areas at each end of the court, centered between the sidelines. Each key is defined by two lines marked perpendicular to the end line, joined by a line marked parallel to the end line and is 8 meters in width and 1.75 meters in length

The goal line is the portion of the end line that is within the key area. The ends of each goal line are marked by cone-shaped pylons. Each cone should be a minimum of 45 centimeters high and should have a square base.The goal lines and the cones are considered to be out-of-bounds.

For more complete rules, please see our Links page for IWRF (International Wheelchair Rugby Federation).