USA Wheelchair Rugby Seeks Qualification for Paralympics in Rio

April 14, 2016

USA Wheelchair Rugby Seeks Qualification for Paralympics in Rio


Photo: USA Wheelchair Rugby

Doug Coil

The USA Wheelchair Rugby team travels to Paris, France for the IWRF Rio Qualification Tournament.  The top 2 teams advance to Paralympics in Rio held September 4-18, 2016.

The teams ranked currently by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation include #2 USA, #7 Denmark, host #8 France, #9 Germany, #10 New Zealand, and #12 Finland.They play each other prior to the knockout finals.

Game Schedule

April 18

France – Finland

USA Germany

New Zealand Denmark

Germany Finland

France Denmark

USA New Zealand

April 19

Germany Denmark

USA Finland

France USA

Denmark Finland

France New Zealand

April 20

USA Denmark

France Germany

New Zealand Finland

5th v 4th

6th v 3rd

April 21



5th v 6th



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USA Roster

#5 – 3.0 Chuck Aoki, Minneapolis, MN

#8 – 2.0 Ernie Chun, Phoenix, AZ

#12 – 1.0 Chad Cohn, Tucson, AZ

#14 – 2.0 Joe Delagrave, Phoenix, AZ

#3 – 3.0 Rob Deller, Marietta, GA

#15 – 1.0 Lee Fredette, San Diego, CA

#11 – 2.0 Seth McBride, Portland, OR

#2 – 2.0 Chuck Melton, Richview, IL

#9 – 2.0 Eric Newby, Littleton, CO

#7 – 0.5 Jason Regier, Centennial, CO

#4 – 1.5 Adam Scaturro, Lakewood, CO

#10 – 2.5 Josh Wheeler, San Tan Valley, AZ


#21 – 2.5 Clayton Brackett, Birmingham, AL

#6 – 0.5 Jeff Butler, Austin, TX

#13 – 2.0 Derrick Helton, Tucson, AZ

Learn Wheelchair Rugby:

The objective of wheelchair rugby is for a player to carry a ball across the opponent’s goal line in order to score a point. A volleyball is used and must be bounced or passed between teammates at least once every 10 seconds during play. The sport is played in four eight-minute stop-time quarters indoors on a basketball court. All players are classified based on their abilities from 0.5 to 3.5 points. Four players from each team are allowed on the court at a time and the classification value between them cannot exceed eight points.

courtParalympic wheelchair rugby competition is open to male and female athletes with physical disabilities such as amputation/limb loss, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke.

Wheelchair 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 (see diagram).

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.

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