2013 United States Quad Rugby National Championship Tournament
Who: United States Quad Rugby Association
Top 8 – Division I and Top 8 Division II Teams (Total of 16 teams)
What: 2013 United States Quad Rugby National Championship Tournament
When: Thursday, April 4 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Games
Friday, April 5 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Games
Saturday, April 6 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Games
noon – 1 p.m. Legends Game (Players 45 and over)
1 p.m. Division II Championship Game
2:30 p.m. Division I Championship Game
6:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony at the Host Hotel (Galt House)
Where: Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky
Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, and Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation-Adapted Leisure Activities are pleased to present, as host and organizer for the seventh time, the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) 2013 National Championship Tournament. Frazier Rehab Institute and Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation will once again provide the opportunity for the membership of the USQRA to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the National Championship Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. Their previous success in organizing the National Tournament in the past has been acknowledged by the USQRA executive board, giving them the opportunity to host the tournament in Louisville for a total of 7 years.
The National Tournament has a two-tier competition format, with the top two, first and second place finishers from each of the four sections of the United States competing in Division I, and the third and fourth place finishers competing in Division II. Teams from across the United States have played in each of their ‘Sectional Competitions’ and have battled their way to qualify to travel to Louisville in April 2013 to compete in the National Tournament. Teams from around the United States who have been confirmed to play in the National Tournament at this time include:
Division I and Division II Teams (confirmed to date)
Denver Harlequins (Colorado) Phoenix Fusion (Arizona)
Shepherd Smash (Georgia) Saint Louis Rugby Rams (Missouri)
Texas Stampede (Texas) Indy Brawlers (Indiana)
Tampa Generals (Florida) TIRR Texans (Texas)
Portland Pounders (Oregon) Sharp Edge (California)
University of Arizona Wildcats (Arizona) Seattle Slam (Washington)
Las Vegas Renegades (Nevada) Minnesota North Stars (Minnesota)
Lakeshore Demolition (Alabama) North Texas Cowboys (Texas)
“We are honored to again host the National Championship Tournament for the seventh year,” said Jill Farmer, manager of therapeutic recreation, Frazier Rehab Institute. This is one more way that Frazier Rehab and the city of Louisville can demonstrate and promote independence, function and the benefits of physical fitness to individuals with disabilities.”
Quad Rugby, or Wheelchair Rugby, is a combined sport of wheelchair basketball and ice hockey, played with a regulation-sized volleyball. Players must have a combination of upper and lower extremity impairment to be considered eligible to play. Most of the players have sustained cervical-level spinal injuries and have some type of physical disability as a result. Four players from each team are allowed on the court at a time. The sport is played on a regulation-sized basketball court.
Sponsors confirmed at this time for the tournament include: United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA), Frazier Rehab Institute, KentuckyOne Health, Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation-Adapted Leisure Activities, National Wheelcats, Inc., Louisville Metro Government, Kentucky Wheelchair Athletics Association, Transit Authority of River City, American Ramp, Coloplast, Eagle Sportchairs, the ROHO Group, Fusion Medical, Wellspect Healthcare, Spinergy, Xcalibur, Cure Medical Vesco Metal Craft and Melrose Sportchairs.
For more information, please call Barbara Mackovic at 502.587.4230.