Join us to photograph the Quad Rugby Chicago Bears in their tournament or at their clinic.
Sports photography with a different twist. Here is an opportunity to practice sports photography with the Quad Rugby Chicago Bears. Wheelchair Rugby (aka Murderball or Quad Rugby) is a full-contact, co-ed team sport that combines the concepts of the gameplay of basketball, hockey and handball with the physical nature of rugby. The sport was invented by athletes with quadriplegia to create an intense, hard-hitting, competitive game for individuals with impairments in all four limbs (spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, muscular dystrophy, polio or any other neurologic diagnosis). Wheelchair Rugby is played on the local, national and international level, as a Paralympic Sport. The Chicago Bears are members of the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) and are the only wheelchair rugby team in Chicago.
The game is played on a basketball sized court, with two cones at each end, marking the goal lines. Teams of four players each, attempt to cross the other team’s goal line, while possessing the game ball (similar to a volleyball) scoring a point, each time. Playing time is divided into four 8-minute quarters, with 2-5-minute breaks between quarters. Overtime is used to settle ties at the end of regulation time. During play, the ball must be dribbled or passed within 10 seconds, teams have a 40 second shot clock, to score, and 12 seconds to get the ball to mid-court, after inbounding the ball.
Completion of Photo 2 or the permission of the Instructor is required. There is a maximum of six photographers each day. Participants will be asked to process their images and upload at least 20 to a designated site, within two weeks of the event, for sharing with the Chicago Bears. Suggested lenses are a short wide angle zoom and a medium (70-200mm) telephoto zoom; a longer zoom is also acceptable.
Home Tournament – September 23rd
Libertyville Sports Complex
1950 US-45, Libertyville, IL 60048
Clinic – October 21st
Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association
1770 W Centennial Pl, Addison, IL 60101