How is it played?
The match is like this: two teams of four players compete and move within a court that is 28 m long, plus 5 m of over court for each backline, by 15 m wide.
This discipline is played with a ball of similar characteristics to the volleyball ball and the objective of each team is to cross the goal backline on the adversary’s field with the ball on their hands. One point is scored when the player passes the line.
The bumps between wheelchairs are allowed, as long as it doesn’t generate physical contact between the Para athletes.
The game lasts 32 minutes, divided in four periods of eight minutes each. The first and third timeouts last two minutes, while the second timeout lasts five.
The attack of each team has a time limit of 40 seconds. If during this time limit they do not score, the ball must be ceded to the adversary team. Additionally, players have 12 seconds to cross the half line on the court. To keep this possession, the ball must be dribbled or passed to a teammate on a period no longer than 10 seconds.
It is considered a fault when the rear axle of the players’ wheelchair bumps. In this case, the attacking team cedes the ball to the adversary team. If the defensive team is the one that commits the fault, the player is suspended for 60 seconds or even until the opposite team scores a point.