There are two types of ParaVolley available – Sitting Volleyball and Beach ParaVolley.
What is Sitting Volleyball?
Sitting volleyball has many similarities to its stand-up version, but as its name implies is played from seated positions. At all times, the athlete’s pelvis must be in contact with the ground. There are up to 12 players on a team, requiring everyone to work together to score points against the other team.
Who Can Take Part?
Individuals with a physical impairment can participate in Sitting Volleyball. However, for competition, individuals would require to be able to sit on their bottom unaided.
According to the World ParaVolley Classification Code, classification is based on an assessment of the impairment – loss of limb/limb length, joint mobility, muscle strength, ataxia, athetosis, or spasticity. Players are given a VS1 or VS2 Class, with the latter being the least impaired. The Rules permit only one VS2 player to be on the court at a time. Players with CP who play Sitting Volleyball are likely to be CPISRA 7 and 8 class and can be VS2 or VS1 sport classes.
What is Beach ParaVolley?
Beach ParaVolley (Standing) is almost identical to Olympic Beach Volleyball, except for the fact that it is played by a team of 3 players (rather than 2). Teams may consist of 3 men, or 3 women, and a mixed format which includes men and women in the same team is being developed. It’s a great team sport and one that adds the extra dimensions of sand, sunshine, wind and rain as part of the game.
Who Can Take Part?
Individuals with a physical impairment can participate in Beach ParaVolley. You just need to be able to move upright, serve, dig, set, spike and block.
According to the World ParaVolley Classification Code, classification is based on an assessment of the impairment – loss of limb/limb length, joint mobility, muscle strength, ataxia, athetosis, or spasticity. Players are given A or B or C Class, with the latter being the most impaired. The Rules permit only one least- impaired ‘A’ Class player to be in the team.
World Para Volley
World ParaVolley is recognised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the sole International Federation responsible for the governance, planning and management of all forms of volleyball for persons with a physical impairment. Sitting Volleyball is a Paralympic sport and at Rio 2016 a total of 192 athletes competed. World Para Volley aims to deliver a variety of the highest quality Volleyball programs and competitions for athletes with a physical impairment through the implementation of effective governance, development, training, education, research and event