Sitting Beach Volleyball brings together the worldwide popularity of Sitting Volleyball with the fantastic fun and vigour that beach sports bring – it’s a young sport which is developing all the time within ParaVolley.
We are delighted to announce that in 2016 the first ever World Championship in Sitting Beach Volleyball will take place. This event will be key marker in the development of this discipline and is sure to captivate the viewing public, both live and via online media.
Teams are made up of three players, working within a classification system which promotes the inclusivity of the sport – otherwise following the standard rules of Sitting Volleyball. For the full rules including diagrams, please see 2013-2016 World ParaVolley Beach Rules – Sitting.
All athletes with physical impairments are eligible to compete at the international level, provided they go through the Classification process (see ‘Who Can Play’). Many players are athletes who are amputees. In addition, one player on each team may have ‘minimal impairment’, which means their impairment may appear minimal but it may prevent them from competing in the conventional version of the sport. These injuries could include anterior cruciate ligament damage or missing fingers.