To play one must have some dysfunction in all four limbs, so amputees, post-polios, and those with other disabilities might also be eligible to play, but most players have sustained cervical spinal cord injuries.
There is a classification system that identifies levels of function, giving a broad range of persons an opportunity to play quad rugby. Classification is based on function, not athletic ability.
There are seven player classifications ranging from 0.5 (the lowest class who has limited function of arms and hands) to 3.5 (the highest class who have much greater function) – and all those in between: 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5.
The maximum point value allowed on the court per team is 8.0. Example: 3.0 + 2.0 + 2.0 + 1.0 = 8.0. Less than 8.0 are allowed.
There are two new additions to the above:
- All female athletes are reduced an additional 0.5. So a woman classed as a 2.0 would play as a 1.5, for example. Maximum points allowed are still 8.0.
- Player/players over 45 will be allowed to play on an 8.5 maximum line-up. If a +45 player is not actually playing, the points allowed revert to 8.0.