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Quad Rugby: The Roho Group Makes a Difference

Quad rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports across the globe. The United States Quad Rugby Association exists to provide opportunity, support, and structure for competitive wheelchair rugby to people with disabilities. Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time is the main message to the players and the sport.

Originally called Murderball because of the aggressive nature of the game, the sport was developed by three Canadians from Winnipeg, Manitoba: Ben Harnish, a professor of Architecture at Manitoba University and two wheelchair athletes, Duncan Campbell and Gerry Terwin.

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The United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) is comprised of eight divisions, including:

  • Pacific North
  • Heartland South
  • Heartland North
  • Atlantic North
  • Atlantic South
  • Pacific South
  • Mountain East
  • Mountain West

In 1979 the first exhibition game in US – Murderball team from Winnipeg organized an exhibition game at a regional track and field meet at Southwest State University in Marshall, MN. In 1981 the name was changed to Quad Rugby in the US. It is now known internationally as Wheelchair Rugby. In 1982 the first official Quad Rugby match was held in the U.S. In Marshall, ND.

Quad Rugby is a simple game with complex strategies for playing both offense and defense. It is played with a volleyball on a basketball-size court with goal lines marked by cones and a lined-off “key” area. The object of the game is to score a goal (1 point) by crossing the goal line with possession of the ball while the opposing team is defending that goal. The team with the most points when time runs out wins.

Quad Rugby is a full contact sport, but no personal contact is allowed: Slapping, hitting, punching, gouging out eyes, biting off ears, etc. is not allowed and penalties are enforced, usually requiring time in the penalty box.

Today, this international sport attracts athletes and fans alike. For many, the invigorating sport is a competitive and physical outlet. Quad Rugby is tough, the sport is about ability and competitive fire.

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