Letter From the President - Social Media

Eric Ingram - President, USQRA

It's time we work together to bring our sport to the next level. The road to making it to mainstream audiences has been difficult, but we are on the brink of getting there. With the advent of extensive social media proliferation and the 2016 Rio championship game broadcasted live on NBC, there exists immense potential from which to grow. The thing is, though, it will take all of us to get there. I am about to get real preach-y about the internet, so prepare yourself.
If you look at the top sports, NFL, NBA, NCAA football and basketball, they all have extensive social media presence. They push hashtags, every team tweets score updates and play-by-plays, and there is interaction between the sport teams/players themselves and the fan base they are trying to reach.
We are not there yet. We have less than two years until the Tokyo Paralympic games, which if we follow previous year models, will get more media attention than Rio. We have to seize this opportunity and start working now. If your team doesn't have a Facebook page, Twitter account, and an Instagram account, you are missing out on growing a fan base, getting media attention, and potentially missing out on donations or sponsorships. Stop that nonsense. Enter the 21st century and use modern tools to elevate your game off the court. Once you do that, remember to post updates regularly.
The USQRA currently has 2600 followers on Facebook, 750 on Instagram, and 660 on Twitter. We can do even better. The cooperation starts here. "Like" all of our social media pages, then invite all of your friends to like them too. Then, share your stories with the league. We will post your stories, too – giving you even more exposure. All ships rise with the tide, so let’s bring that water in.
Here is a to-do list that you should put in motion before the New Year:
  • As stated before if you haven't already, make a Team account on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at a minimum. 
    • Even if you are not tech savvy, I guarantee someone on your team or involved with your team is. Recruit them to be your social media person. 
  • Start using common hashtags: #USQRA #WheelchairRugby (and then all of your team/event specific hashtags). 
    • Increasing the regular usage of hashtags pulls them to the top of relevancy. The more that hashtag is used, the more other people will see them.
  • Create event-specific hashtags and let the USQRA know what they are. 
    • If you're hosting the "Fargo Frenzy" then make something like #FargoFrenzy18, communicate it with us, post with the USQRA handle @usqra and make sure to use both consistently leading up to and during the event. We will promote your event as well. 
  • Post more images and videos on social media. 
    • In the age of Instagram, images and videos rank higher in the social media’s algorithms. As a bonus, our sport looks cool and is exciting to watch, make sure your followers get a taste of that.
  • Tell the USQRA what your team is doing.
    • Are you hosting a fundraiser or non-tournament event? Was there just an article published or news story about your team or one of your athletes? Share those things with us so that we can share it on our social media networks - message us on FB or email the Secretary
The key to reaching mainstream audiences is exposure. No one really gets our sport until they can see it for themselves, and social media is a way to give them that ability. These are easy, and more importantly free, ways to boost our sport as a whole. We need you, the sport needs you.  This is where you can step in. Let’s all work together to make sure the voice of wheelchair rugby is heard around the world.

2nd USQRA Top 30 Rankings
Competition Committee

1University of Arizona Wildcats
2Ability360 Phoenix Heat
3Denver Harlequins
4Lakeshore Demolition
5Texas Stampede
6Tampa Generals
7TIRR Memorial Hermann Texans
8Sharp Edge
9CKRI Minnesota Wheelchair Rugby Club
10Medstar NRH Punishers
11Shepherd Smash
12Northridge Knights
13Nor-Cal Quake
14Brooks Bandits
15Oscar Mike Militia
16High Fives' Storm
17Midwest Adaptive Sports Revolution
18DASA St. Louis Spartans
19Philadelphia Magee Eagles
20Seattle Slam
21Detroit WRC
22Northeast Passage Wildcats
23Ohio Buckeye Blitz
24Chicago Bears
25Northern Virginia Mutiny
26Maryland Mayhem
27Raleigh Sidewinders
28Portland Pounders
29Grand Rapids Thunder
30NY Warriors / S.FL Rattlers

Correction: Nationals Dates

The dates of the USQRA National Championships were incorrectly posted on the USQRA website. THE CORRECT DATES ARE: MARCH 29-31, 2019. 

Clarification: Ball Holder Rules

There have been requests for clarification concerning ball holder rules. Please refer to this IWRF article for examples of legal and illegal ball holders. 

Thanks to our Sponsors!

The USQRA is thankful to have the support of an organization like MELROSE WHEELCHAIRS. Melrose provides chairs for our amazing sport and sponsors our league as it develops into a stronger, more robust association of teams in the USA. 

"We design and fabricate custom-built sports chairs, products and accessories in Fresno, California.
Our custom sports chairs are made to measure, designed to fit you and to suit the way you move. 
We also sell sports chair and day chair parts and accessories including toilet and bathroom equipment."
We also thank Fusion MedicalABC Medical, Eagle Sportschairs and Lone Star Paralysis Foundation for their continued support of the USQRA


Need Referees? Contact your Referee RACs - 
RACs are as follows:
Pacific - Kelli Kaliszewski 
Mountain - Andy Miller
Heartland - Kristin Little 
Atlantic North - Bob Lopez 
Atlantic South - Matt Smith


Interested in hosting a clinic? For more information on how to host a player, referee or classifier clinic please contact the 1st Vice President.


Classification Information - Want to host a classification panel? Want to protest a classification?

Please email Head of Classification - Phyllis Palma 

USQRA Board of Directors

About the USQRA 

The United States Quad Rugby Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit which provides oversight, development and administration to the sport of wheelchair rugby across the United States. Since 1988 the USQRA has been promoting and supporting wheelchair rugby to provide competitive athletic opportunities to eligible people with disabilities and also to empower people to reach their full potential in all areas of life. The USQRA features 45 teams with more than 500 athletes across the country. For more information, please visit our website.
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