Sitting volleyball was first introduced in the Arnhem 1980 Paralympic Games. This sport is played by Para athletes with a range of impairments, including spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, amputations and brain injuries.
Sitting volleyball is played on a smaller court than standing volleyball (10m x 6m), with a 2-meter attack line and a lower net. The game is normally faster than standing volleyball! Each team consists of six players on the court at a time, and teams can be mixed male and female. Para athletes must have their pelvis touching the ground at all times with no service blocks allowed. The game is played in a best-of-five set format with the winner the first team to reach 25 points.
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 187 Para athletes from 11 countries competed in 2 different medal events.
For more information on Sitting volleyball visit World ParaVolley.
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