Volleyball court dimensions vary depending on league standards, age of participants and whether the match is held indoors or outdoors. The following guide will explain official volleyball measurements and sizes for just about any league in a Q & A format.
Plus, info on net height, width, pole placement, volleyball weight, and size are addressed. In no time you’ll be chanting, “Bump, set, spike it… That’s the way we like it!”
Volleyball court dimensions and measurements
Here are the dimensions are broken down by league and playing venue.
1.) Indoor Volleyball: NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations)
High school volleyball court size: 60 feet (18.29 meters) long by 30 feet (9.14 meters) wide.
2.) Indoor volleyball: NCAA, FIVB & USAVB (USA Volleyball)
Official dimensions for indoor volleyball courts: 59 feet (18 meters) long by 29.5 feet (9 meters) wide. Official court dimensions are set by the FIVB governing body.
3.) Outdoor / Beach Volleyball Court: NCAA, FIVB, USAVB
Court dimensions: 52.5 feet (16 meters) long by 26.25 feet (8 meters) wide. The width of the court and length have lines marking the boundaries.
4.) Outdoor / Beach Volleyball Court: Recreational
Recreational sand dimensions feature a playing area that is 52.5 feet (16 meters) long by 26.25 feet (8 meters) wide.
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What is the FIVB?
The international governing body for all forms of volleyball is the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (International Volleyball Federation), also known as the FIVB.
The FIVB organizes major volleyball events such as the Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup tournaments, as well as managing and standardizing competition rules.
What are Official FIVB volleyball court dimensions?
The FIVB requires that the volleyball court surface must be a symmetrical rectangle, with dimensions of 18 meters (or 59 feet) long by 9 meters (or 29.5 feet) wide. Each side of the court measures 9 meters by 9 meters square.
What is the free zone?
The free zone refers to the playable area outside of the boundary lines – both sidelines and end lines – of the court. For FIVB official competitions, the free zone must be a minimum of 5 meters (16 feet) and a maximum of 6 meters (20 feet) from the side of the court and the end lines.
What is the attack line?
The attack line is 3 meters for NCAA and FIVB or 10 feet from the net for the National Federation of State High School Associations. It separates the frontcourt from the backcourt.
What is the volleyball net size and height?
Volleyball coaches and players will find these guidelines useful for establishing the correct net size and height, whether they coach or play in professional leagues (indoor or beach volleyball) or Olympic, NCAA college, high school, middle school or youth leagues.
The implementation of regulation net heights and dimensions is critical to achieving a fair playing field for all participants. Follow these guidelines for all age groups and genders.
Regulation volleyball net size
The official size of a volleyball net is 32 feet long by 39 inches tall. This is consistent with outdoor volleyball.
Volleyball net height
1.) How to measure a volleyball net’s height
Net height measurements should be taken from the center of the net. Make sure the sides of the net are not more than 3/4 inches higher than the regulation height. Here are guidelines for all the different net sizes and dimensions.
2.) Men’s volleyball net size and height
Men’s indoor and beach volleyball net height is 7 feet, 11-5/8 inches (2.43 meters) tall. The co-ed net size and height is the same.
3.) Women’s volleyball net size and height
Women’s indoor and beach volleyball net height is 7 feet, 4-1/8 inches (2.24 meters) tall.
4.) How tall should the net antenna be?
32″ tall from the top of the net.
5.) Sitting volleyball net size & height
For sitting (disabled) volleyball leagues, the net is lower to the ground. International net height is 3 feet, 9.28 inches (1.15 meters) tall for men’s leagues. For women, the net height is 3 feet, 5.34 inches (1.05 meters) tall.
6.) Youth volleyball net size & height
For youth volleyball, the regulation net height is the same for girls and boys (ages 11-12): 7 feet (2.13 meters) tall. Boys age 10 and under use the same net height as youth volleyball. Girls age 10 and under use a slightly shorter net at 6 feet, 6 inches (1.98 meters) tall.
Other volleyball measurements
Note these other key volleyball measurements.
How tall are the poles holding the volleyball net?
The two end poles measure 8 feet 4 inches tall.
How far apart are the net poles for volleyball?
The standards should be 36 feet apart.
What distance is the pole from the sideline?
Three feet outside of the playing court.
How wide are the lines on a volleyball court?
The court’s lines are two inches wide. The centerline is four inches wide.
What should the ceiling height be?
At a minimum, the ceiling should be 23 feet high.
What is the size and weight of a volleyball ball?
A volleyball ball weighs between 9.2 and 9.9 ounces. The adult-sized ball is 25.5 to 26.5 inches in circumference (65 to 67 centimeters).
Volleyball fun facts
For you volleyball trivia lovers, have at it!
1.) Who invented volleyball?
William G. Morgan of Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1895. He originally called it “Mintonette”, after the game of badminton.
2.) When did volleyball become part of the Olympics?
It was first a demonstration sport in the 1924 Olympics in Paris. In 1964, it became a medal sport at the Tokyo Olympics.
3.) How many times does a player jump in an average match?
Over 300 times.
4.) What is the fastest recorded serve?
81.84 miles an hour.
1.) Pancake: When a player’s palm is flat on the floor and the ball pops up.
2.) Goofy: Jumping with the wrong foot first.
3.) Kong: A one-handed block.
4.) Joust: When the ball is directly above the net and opposing players try to push it to the other side.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.
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