Beach ParaVolley (Standing Beach Volleyball) is another beach based variation of ParaVolley and is a new ParaVolley discipline which is growing all the time, especially in Asia/Oceania where teams have been competing regularly since 2007.
From 2018, World ParaVolley will focus its international beach activities on Beach ParaVolley (Standing) with the objective of working towards potential inclusion in the LA 2028 Paralympic Games.
This is a major challenge and requires significant effort and development over the next four years to establish the proposal by late 2023.
Teams are made up of three players, working within a classification system which promotes the inclusivity of the sport – otherwise largely following the standard FIVB Beach Volleyball rules. For the full rules including diagrams, please see 2017-2020 World ParaVolley – Official Standing Beach Volleyball Rules and Diagrams.
While the Rules have been developed to be general in nature, over the next two years we will be trialling a few key differences aimed at enhancing the presentation of the sport and increasing its attractiveness as a Paralympic Sport.
In addition to Men’s (team consisting of 3 men) and Women’s (team consisting of 3 women) formats for 2019/2020, we are evaluating a Mixed format where one of the team players must be male, one must be female and the third can be of either gender. For this variation, the net would be set at a height of 2.35 m.
For all events, a maximum of one “A” Classified player is permitted in the team. Over the next two years we aim to evaluate the existing Standing Classification schema. Players that have an existing Standing Classification will retain their current classification, and new players will be Classified at events over the next two years. Also see Athlete Eligibility below.
As part of our new focus on Beach ParaVolley, we intend to develop a program of events with each Zone promoting at least one World Series event in 2019 and 2020 and a World Championships in 2020.
World Series Opens will allow teams from across the world to compete and thereby create a series of events that establish a world tour with multiple opportunities for players to travel and showcase their skills.
This marks the opening of an exciting new chapter in the development of this discipline and is sure to captivate the viewing public, both live and via online media.
All athletes with physical impairments are eligible to compete in Standing Volleyball at the international level, provided they go through the Classification process (see ‘Who Can Play’). Many players are athletes who are amputees. All athletes compete in conventional volleyball in their home countries, some at very high levels.