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Volleyball Facilities and Equipment

Volleyball Court Dimensions

The Volleyball court is 60 feet by 30 feet in total. The net in placed in the center of the court, making
each side of the net 30 feet by 30 feet.

The playing court is marked by two sidelines and two end lines. All lines must be 2 inches wide and
must be created with a light color that is easy to discern from the playing court. An attack line should
be placed three meters from the center line. The center line divides the court into two 9 x 9 meter
Lines include the:
 Center Line
A center line is marked at the center of the court dividing it equally into 30 feet squares, above
which the net is placed.
 Attack Line
An attack line is marked 10 feet of each side of the center line.
 Service Line
A service line, the area from which the server may serve the volleyball, is marked 10 feet
inside the right sideline on each back line.

The Net
The net is placed directly above the center line, 7 feet 4 inches above the ground for women and 8
feet above the ground for men.

Posts and Cables

The volleyball net structure is held together with metal cables and posts. Posts are placed 0.5 to 1.0
meter outside the sidelines and 2.55 meters high. Posts should be round, smooth and padded, to
prevent injury to the players should they dive or crash into them. Metal wires and cables may need
to be covered if it is determined that they present a danger to the players.

Antenna and Side Bands

Antenna are flexible rods that are 1.8 meters long made of fiberglass, fastened at the outer edge of
each side band. Side bands are two white bands attached vertically to the net and placed above each

The Ball
The standard volleyball is made of leather or synthetic leather, weighs between 9 and 10 ounces and
has a circumference of 25.6 to 26.4 inches. The ball has a rubber bladder and can be one color or a
combination of colors. Synthetic leather is lighter and is fine for beginner players.

Knee pads
Knee pads should be sturdy enough to protect your knees from falls, slides and dives, but flexible
enough to allow you to bend comfortably. Your volleyball knee pads must be made of fabric that
breathes and manages moisture. Good quality pads have a gel or foam shock-absorbing material that
will cover and protect your patella.

Arch and ankle support is key when choosing a volleyball shoe. Volleyball shoes, which are
lightweight, allow you to be faster on your feet, as well as bearing good shock absorption on your
toes. Volleyball shoes also provide for better lateral movement than typical running or cross-training

Clothing and Jewelry

All clothing should be lightweight to allow maximum flexibility and breath-ability, as well as made of
a material that absorbs sweat and keeps skin dry. Spandex shorts are a good option, as they are
flexible, light and absorb odor. Socks, while not required, absorb sweat and prevent blisters. Jewelry
is not permitted in volleyball, with the exception of smooth wedding bands. Glasses must be worn
with a strap to keep them secure.

References Volleyball: I’m a New Coach
Berkshire Volleyball: Glossary of Volleyball Terms
USOC: Facilities and equipment