Sitting beach volleyball is not currently a discipline that World ParaVolley is developing. World ParaVolley’s primary areas of focus are sitting volleyball (indoor) and beach paravolley (standing).
Sitting beach volleyball brings together the worldwide popularity of Sitting Volleyball with the fantastic fun and vigour that beach sports bring.
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.