How to play sitting volleyball

Two teams take turns to pass the ball back and forth over the net in this seated version of volleyball. If it’s a big group, try using more than one ball to keep everyone engaged.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a sports activity for people or groups of people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities, and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This activity supports social inclusion and getting active, helping build confidence and independence through learning new skills and making friends.

How to play

What you’ll need

  • A ball - a beach ball is perfect
  • A net or similar

How to set up

  • Divide the group into two teams.
  • Set up the net at a low height, with one team on each side. 

Rules of the game

  • One team starts with the ball. The participants must try to hit the ball back and forth over the net using any body part. 
  • You could add some competition – if a team drops a ball, the other team gets a point. 
  • Encourage participants to stretch up for the ball and shuffle across the space. 

Other ways to play

  • Use different coloured balls - bright colours are great
  • Make it more sensory with balls that have bells in them or have different textures
  • Lighter or heavier balls will change the difficulty
  • If it’s too easy, try moving the teams further away from the net, or closer for a less challenging game
  • You can also try raising or lowering the net