Volleyball Gear Buying Guide

Shopping for a volleyball? It can be a little more difficult than you'd expect. There are so many things to consider when shopping for a good volleyball for yourself, your child, or your league. The following frequently asked questions about volleyballs should help you get started.

How much does a good volleyball cost?

An official competition volleyball can cost anywhere from $20 to under $100, depending on the quality of the volleyball, and its materials. There are many great genuine leather regulation volleyball for under $50. A good leather composite volleyball can run $30-$40.

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Does Epic Offer team prices on volleyballs?

Epic Sports believes you should get the lowest prices on volleyballs whether you buy in bulk or as a unit. For this reason we try to keep our single unit prices lower than our competitor's team discount prices. To get the best possible price for your game volleyballs, we suggest you buy in quantities of 10 or more.

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Are leather volleyballs better than synthetic?

There are different volleyballs for different purposes. Leather is generally considered to be a better volleyball depending on the grade of leather. The best leather volleyball is softer to the touch for better feel and playability. Most major volleyball leagues use leather volleyballs for that reason, although with the newer technologies that have gone into improving synthetic volleyball balls, some are actually preferring the feel and performance of composite leather.

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What is composite leather?

Man-made leather, or synthetic leather made to feel and perform like real leather, but is less expensive.

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What are the different kinds of volleyballs?

Mainly, there are two kinds of volleyballs ? indoor regulation volleyballs, and outdoor or beach volleyballs. Both kinds can be made of 100 percent leather, composite leather, or rubber. There are also volleyballs made specially for youth and women's leagues.

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What are some differences between indoor and outdoor volleyballs?

Indoor volleyballs

Outdoor volleyballs

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What are the top-selling volleyballs?

A few of the best-selling volleyballs, and which make the official balls of a few of the leading volleyball organizations, are:

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What are some good volleyballs for kids?

Building kids' skills and confidence requires a volleyball that is lightweight, and easier for them to handle. For around $20, we carry Molten V140 First Touch featuring a soft nylon cover - great for kids 12 and under. Another great lightweight training volleyball is Tachikara's Volley Lite, for under $40, as well as Molten VB-U12 for around $50. These are just a few great volleyballs we carry for kids, at some of the best prices you'll find anywhere.

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How do I take care of my volleyball?

Follow these basic tips to keep your new volleyball in prime playing condition.

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How do I deflate and inflate my volleyball?

For the best performance of your volleyball keep it inflated to its recommended pressure, which should be printed on the ball. Most balls are inflated to between 4-5 pounds of air pressure.

We suggest that if you don't already have a ball pump, you pick one up or buy one when you purchase your volleyball. We carry them for just a few bucks. Please don't put anything into the hole except the ball pump pin, or it could rupture or clog the hole. Please read the instructions for use carefully.

It's important that your volleyball doesn't contain too much air, as this could damage the seams or cause your ball to burst with normal use. Using just the pin of your volleyball pump, insert the pin into the hole piece located at one end of the ball. Some people recommend lubricating the pin with a safe oil lubricant before inserting. Hold your thumb over the other end to prevent letting too much air out, and gently let the air out to its recommended air pressure.

Volleyballs naturally lose a little air during play. To inflate your ball back to its recommended air pressure, insert the pin of your volleyball into the hole, and gentle pump. According to FIVB rules, balls should be inflated to 4.26 to 4.61 per square inch (psi).

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How do I soften my volleyball?

Your new leather volleyball may be a little stiff at first. Make sure that it doesn't have too much air; you check the air pressure using an air pressure gauge. If you don't already have one, you can purchase one from Epic Sports. If the pressure is too high, release a little air with the pin of your ball pump until you have reached the proper amount of air pressure. Your volleyball will also soften pretty quickly with normal play. You can also soften it by applying a safe leather conditioner, making sure to follow your volleyball manufacturer's recommendations.

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What are the official dimensions of a regulation volleyball?

Regulation volleyballs weigh between 260 and 280 grams, or 8.36 to 9 ounces, or just over a half a pound. The volleyball's circumference is 65 to 67 centimeters, or between 25.59 and 26.38 inches.

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Which volleyballs are approved for high school?

Epic Sports offers a wide selection of affordable NFHS-approved regulation volleyballs by Tachikara, Molten, Mikasa, Martin, Baden, Wilson, Nike, and Champro.

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