RULES & REGULATIONS
Wheelchair Rugby is a truely international sport. There are more than forty countries that actively participate in the sport of wheelchair rugby, or who are developing programs within their nation, and it continues to be one of the fastest growing Paralympic sports in the world today. The rules of Wheelchair Rugby are governed by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation.
Common Foul and Violations
Physical Advantage Violation:
When a player who has possession of the ball touches the floor with any part of his body, or with any part of his wheelchair except the four wheels and anti-tip device.
Ten Seconds - No Dribble:
A player who has possession of the ball must dribble or pass every 10 seconds.
Ten Seconds in the Key:
A player whose team has control of the ball cannot remain in the opposing team’s key area for more than 10 seconds.
Twelve Second Violation:
After inbounding the ball, a team has 12 seconds to bring the ball over the half-court line.
Occurs if one player strikes another player with excessive speed or force, risking injury to the player.
Contact Before the Whistle:
Occurs in one player makes deliberate or advantageous contact with another player while the ball is dead. Each team will receive one contact warning in each half.
Occurs when a player who has possession of the ball leaves the court with one wheel on the goal line and then returns to the court without a second wheel crossing to score a goal.
Four in the Key:
Occurs when the defending team has four of their players in their own key area. The foul is charged to the last defending player who entered the key.
When a player grasps or holds the wheelchair of another player with a hand or other part of the body.
Illegal Use of Hands:
When a player strikes another player using his arms.
When a player strikes another player’s wheelchair anywhere behind the axle of the rear wheel, causing the wheelchair to rotate horizontally or vertically so that the player’s safety is at risk.
Occurs when a player or coach acts in a disrespectful or unsportsmanlike manner.