To be eligible to compete in wheelchair rugby, an athlete must meet specific minimum requirements. Athletes with non-neurological conditions can be admissible to play rugby if they have physical limitations to their trunk, upper and lower limbs and are deemed eligible after being evaluated by a classifier. Athletes with neurological conditions can be eligible to play if they demonstrate physical limitations to the trunk and to 3 of the four extremities and are deemed eligible after being evaluated by a classifier.
The following are incomplete descriptions providing a very general profile of each class. These descriptions are by no means complete, and an athlete may display certain characteristics of higher or lower sport classes.
Team Point Totals
There are seven classes in wheelchair rugby (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5) with functional characteristics identified for each athlete class. In general, the 0.5 class includes those athletes with the most disability and the 3.5 class includes those athletes with the least disability or ?minimal? disability eligible for the sport of wheelchair rugby.
In international wheelchair rugby the total number of points allowed on court at any time is 8.0. That is, the total points of all four athletes actually playing cannot exceed 8.0 points. A team may play with a lineup that totals less than 8.0 points, but not more (Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association, 2014).