Regulation Volleyball Net Heights: A Definitive Guide

Official Regulation Volleyball Net Heights for Olympic, Professional, NCAA, Recreation, High School, Middle School, and Youth Teams
Volleyball Net Heights

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. It is also important to have a complete regulation net system to achieve exact net height with every single set-up.

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.


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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.


Men’s Volleyball Net Heights

Men's Volleyball Net Heights

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.

  • Standard Men’s Volleyball Net Height: 7 feet, 11 ⅝  inches or 2.43 meters
  • Men’s Volleyball Net Height Ages 55-69: 7 feet, 9 ⅝ inches or 2.38 meters
  • Men’s Volleyball Net Height Ages 70+: 7 feet, 6 inches or 2.29 meters

Women’s Volleyball Net Heights

Women's Volleyball Net 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.   

  • Standard Women’s Volleyball Net Height: 7 feet, 4 ⅛ inches or 2.24 meters
  • Women’s Volleyball Net Height Ages 45+: 7 feet, 2 ⅛ inches or 2.19 meters

Sitting Volleyball Net Heights

Sitting Volleyball Net Heights

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.

Sitting Volleyball Net Height


Youth Volleyball Net Heights

Youth Volleyball Net Heights Boy's and Girl'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.  

  • Standard Boy’s & Girl’s Junior Volleyball Net Height Ages 11 – 12: 7 feet or 2.13 meters
  • Boy’s Junior Volleyball Net Height Ages 10 and under: 7 feet or 2.13 meters
  • Girl’s Junior Volleyball Net Height Ages 10 and under: 6 feet, 6 inches or 1.98 meters

Middle School Volleyball Net Heights

Volleyball net heights for players in middle school vary. Always refer to your state governing body for measurements as each state is different.

Tips for Measuring a Regulation Volleyball Net

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:

  • Always measure your net’s height from the center of the playing court with an appropriate measuring device (net chain).
  • As you measure, make sure that the two ends of your volleyball net (over the sidelines) are the same height from the volleyball playing surface.
  • Never exceed the official volleyball net height by more than ¾ inches.
  • If you coach beach volleyball, remember that your beach volleyball net height measurement must be taken at the sand-raked level.  
  • If you coach outdoor volleyball in grass, remember to measure your volleyball net height from ground-level and not from the top of the grass blades.

Choosing a Regulation Volleyball Net

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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