Determining the right volleyball net height for your team is important for many reasons. As a coach, knowing accurate volleyball net heights is crucial for following the rules of the game, as well as being prepared for the officials on match day! Regulation heights of indoor volleyball nets and outdoor volleyball nets vary between age groups, genders, abilities, and the number of players on your team.
Follow these guidelines to ensure that the volleyball net you set up is the ideal height for your players — whether you’re coaching a professional, Olympic, NCAA, high school, middle school, youth, indoor or beach volleyball team.
No matter what type of team you coach, official regulation volleyball net heights are always measured in the center of the net, and the net’s sides can’t be more than ¾ inches higher than the regulation height. While there are differences between the height of men’s and women’s volleyball nets, co-ed games use men’s net height settings.
While the standard regulation volleyball net height for men is 7 feet, 11 ⅝ inches or 2.43 meters (this is the same for standing disabled men’s volleyball teams), men’s teams that fall into older age brackets (55-70+) are allowed to lower their nets to certain heights.
Similar to men’s volleyball, the official regulation volleyball net height for women’s volleyball is allowed to be lowered for certain age groups. The net height for women’s disabled standing volleyball teams follows the same height regulations as a standard women’s volleyball net.
Sitting volleyball teams play on a smaller court, and the volleyball net sits lower to the ground than standard volleyball nets do. The international net heights for sitting volleyball teams are 3 feet 9.28 inches or 1.15 meters for men’s teams, and 3 feet 5.34 inches or 1.05 meters for women’s teams.
If you coach youth volleyball teams, the net height for boys and girls teams is the same unless you coach girls who are age 10 or under.
Volleyball net heights for players in middle school vary. Always refer to your state governing body for measurements as each state is different.
As you are measuring your volleyball net height, keep the following things in mind to ensure that you don’t make any mistakes while measuring:
Now that you know the correct volleyball net height for your team, choosing the right regulation volleyball net is the next step! The Sports Imports sales team is here to assist and knows all about regulation volleyball net standards. Talk to our experts today.
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