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Sitting Volleyball

Sitting volleyball is a sport that's growing across Canada both amongst able-bodied and disabled athletes alike. Although Canada's sitting volleyball program did not start until 2007, this sport was introduced internationally in 1950 as a rehabilitative sport for World War II veterans.

Today, sitting volleyball enjoys Paralympic Game status (1980 for men; 2004 for women), and it's popularity continues to increase as it offers a unique and enjoyable twist on the traditional sport of volleyball.

While the core and goals of the game are similar to its indoor and beach cousins, sitting volleyball differs in the following ways:

  • smaller court size (6m X 5m, attack line 2m off centre line)
  • lower net height (1.15m for men; 1.05m for women)
  • smaller net (7m long X 80 cm wide)
  • blocking the serve allowed by front-court athletes
  • contact with opponents under net is allowed (as long as it doesn't interfere with opponent's movement or play)
  • some part of the body from the shoulders to the buttocks must be in contact with the ground when playing the ball

Sound interesting?

Learn more about the sport with our Sitting Volleyball Information Guide including:

  • Background of Sitting Volleyball
  • Characteristics of the Game
  • General Rules of Sitting Volleyball
  • What to Wear
  • Equipment Needed for Sitting Volleyball
  • The guide also features a skill overview and fun activities to get participants familiar with the sport

The Ontario Volleyball Association is proud to partner with ParaSport Ontario to promote Sitting Volleyball across the province.

To find out more about the games, please click here to go to the official games website.

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