paralympics
Sitting Volleyball

Danielle Ellis of Canada receives the ball in sitting volleyball at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. (Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

What's it all about?

It’s kind of like you’re hurling mighty fireballs at your opponent to try to knock them out of the match — only the fireball is a volleyball and you’re sitting the whole time! Sound cool? Then you should check out sitting volleyball!

How it's played

Things to watch for

a paralympic athlete sits on the volleyball court floor to serve the ball
Claudine Bazubagira of Rwanda serves the ball in sitting volleyball at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. (Raphael Dias/Getty Images)
Serve
  • A powerful serve is a great way for a team to attack their opponents at the beginning of a play. 
  • Great servers know how to hit the ball with enough power and control to avoid the blockers on the other team and score more points!
Zaninka Nikuze of Rwanda spikes the ball at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. (Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
Spike
  • An offensive power move where a player hits the ball really hard and fast, over the net, towards the floor of the opposite team. 
  • If done very well, it’s really hard for the other team to keep the ball in play!
The libero is the player in the purple top, while the rest of the team wears green. (Friedmann Vogel/Getty Images)
Libero
  • A player who is a defensive specialist on the team, can only play defense and only from the back half of the court. 
  • They have good passing ability, digging ability, ball-handling skills, quickness and consistency.
  • They will have a different coloured shirt than the rest of the team.