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)

Similarities

  • 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.

Differences

  • 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.
Contact: info@trianglevolleyball.com

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.
Contact: sitting@floridavolleyball.org

GEVA Region
Atlantic Valley Volleyball Club runs sitting volleyball programs open to those with physical limitations and those without. 
Contact: john.titus@atlanticvalley.org 

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.
Contact: vball@ncva.com 

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
bill.hamiter@usav.org

Men's Sitting National Team Head Coach
Greg Walker
greg.walker@usav.org

Coordinator, Sitting Volleyball Teams
Elliot Blake
elliot.blake@usav.org