USA Volleyball

What is Sitting Volleyball?

Sitting volleyball is governed by the same set of rules as the able-bodied game with a few differences. USA Volleyball is proud to be the official National Governing Body for beach, indoor and sitting volleyball in the United States.

World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball Rules (PDF)


  • Each team is allowed to have up to three contacts with the ball before returning it to the opposing team’s side of the court. 
  • Each match is the best of five sets, played to 25 points, but you have to win by two. If a fifth set is necessary, that set is played to 15 points, and again, you have to win by two.


  • In sitting volleyball, the net is about 3 feet high, and the court is 10 x 6 meters with a 2-meter attack line. The court is divided into two sides of 5m deep by 6m wide. The net height is set at a height of 1.15m for men, and 1.05m for women.
  • Players are allowed to block serves, but one "cheek" must be in contact with the floor whenever they make contact with the ball.
  • Players must remain in contact with the court at all times when handling the ball. Standing, rising, or taking steps is not permitted. A short loss of contact with the court is permitted in two scenarios: when making a defensive play in the back zone to save a ball and when making a defensive play in the front zone.

Who Can Play?

Anyone can play! Sitting volleyball is fun for disabled or able-bodied. But if you want to play on the U.S. National Team or in the Paralympic Games, there are classifications for competition.

In such competition, players are required to have a qualifying disability as determined two medical classifiers, who measure an athlete’s functional loss. Based on this evaluation, an athlete may be classified as Minimal Disabled (MD) or Disabled (D).

A MD athlete has lost some muscular strength, flexibility, or a combination, in a joint that hinders the athlete’s ability to play volleyball. A disabled athlete has lost complete muscular strength, flexibility, or a significant combination of the two in a joint.

Teams competing in official international competition are permitted to have a maximum of two MD athletes on the roster and can only play one at a time.

U.S. Paralympics Athlete Classifications

World ParaVolley Classification Rules

Get Involved!

Are you interested in finding a place to play sitting volleyball? There are a number of programs across the country each year.

Carolina Region
Triangle VBC includes sitting volleyball in its program offerings.

Florida Region
Conducts open clinics to introduce people to playing, officiating and coaching sitting volleyball as well as fields a sitting team to compete at the USAV Open Nationals.

GEVA Region
Atlantic Valley Volleyball Club runs sitting volleyball programs open to those with physical limitations and those without. 

Northern California Region
Leagues, clinics and more! Northern California continues to support sitting volleyball and to reach out to those with physical limitations and those without.

National Team Athlete Selection

For information on the Sitting National Teams are selected, click here

To inquire about a tryout for either the Men's or Women's Sitting National Team, contact the Edmond, Oklahoma office:
USA Sitting Volleyball
100 N. University Dr., Box 99
Edmond, OK 73034

Program Director/Women's Sitting Team National Head Coach
Bill Hamiter

Men's Sitting National Team Head Coach
Greg Walker

Coordinator, Sitting Volleyball Teams
Elliot Blake