Volleyball Australia is committed to providing opportunities for people with a disability in the form of three key disciplines: Sitting Volleyball, Beach ParaVolley and Deaf Volleyball, all of which offer competition opportunities at the local, national and international levels.

The term ParaVolley is used to refer to the two disciplines of Sitting Volleyball and Beach ParaVolley. Volleyball Australia also support Deaf Volleyball.

Volleyball is a tactical team sport that involves hitting a ball over a net using closed hands. The object is to keep the ball volleying over the net without permitting it to touch the ground. A point is earned each time a player grounds a ball in the opponents’ court.

There are three disciples of volleyball for athletes with a physical disability: deaf volleyball, sitting volleyball and Beach ParaVolley.

Deaf volleyball is played by athletes with a hearing impairment. Sitting volleyball can be played by anyone, especially including athletes who have a disability, however only at the international performance level do athletes have to be classified with a disability. It is played on the floor with a lower net and six players per side. Beach ParaVolley is played by athletes who can stand and move around on the sand. It is played on the same court as able-bodied Beach Volleyball, with the only difference being Beach ParaVolley has teams of three, while Beach Volleyball you would see in the Olympics is made up of teams of two.  


Why Get Involved?

Volleyball – The Ideal Sport for People with a Disability

Volleyball is an ideal sport that can cater for a wide range of individuals with a disability.

Volleyball is a uniquely inclusive sport, as it can involve people with minor disabilities, as well as people who are more severely disabled. For example, top international Sitting Volleyball teams use setters who are double leg amputees.

Volleyball is considered an economical discipline, especially for Sitting Volleyball, since no expensive prostheses or wheelchairs and no specialised equipment is needed. The only facilities needed for sitting volleyball are floor space, a rope or net, and a ball. For Beach ParaVolley, no change to facilities is required as the game can be played on the same beach volleyball court and against the same teams as able-bodied pairs.

As a team sport, volleyball can be played by people with a disability together with able-bodied individuals. It is versatile, being played by youths, juniors, adults and seniors in any combination. Unlike many sports, volleyball can be played at all levels co-educationally, creating a sociable and integrated atmosphere appreciated by all involved.

There is great potential for fun, inclusion and cooperation

Information and Resources

The following links provide additional information about Volleyball for people with a disability and for those who are interested in getting involved.

General Information:

Deaf Volleyball

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