Wheelchair RL rolls into action
Bury Jigsaw, Halifax and Mersey Storm will battle it out in the top division with Medway Dragons, Featherstone, Leeds Rhinos, Mersey Storm A, Bradford Bulls, Halifax A and Bury Jigsaw A making up Division One.
Glasgow, Swindon, Wolverhampton, Bradford A, Leeds A, Medway Dragons A will all compete in an Entry League which welcomes a number of new sides to the sport.
There was a fantastic turn out for a Wheelchair Rugby League coaching course last Saturday with 17 coaches from as far away as Swindon taking part.
The course was held at Calderdale College as a pre cursor to the new season with a Wheelchair Match Officials course taking place at the same venue with nine people qualifying as referees.
Wheelchair Tag Rugby League is quite unique in that it offers both disabled and non-disabled players of both sexes the opportunity to compete both with and against each other on a level playing field created by the use of wheelchairs and some slight adaptations of the rules of Rugby League.
There are five players per side in Wheelchair Rugby League. Tackles are made in the same way as tag rugby, with players wearing tags on their shoulders and opposition players having to remove a tag to affect a tackle.
The game has the same six tackle count that is used in Rugby League, with teams conceding possession of the ball if they have not scored after a set of six tackles have been completed. Offside, knock-on and in-touch rulings apply as they do in the traditional game.
Conversions are scored by punching the ball from a tee over mini-RL posts.
If you are interested in finding out more about Wheelchair Rugby League visit http://www.therfl.co.uk/play/wheelchair