Volleyball Net Systems Frequently Asked Questions

There's no better way to enjoy the sun, have fun, and stay fit than playing volleyball. Shopping for the right home volleyball system for your family, recreational facility, or league, takes some planning and forethought. Hopefully the following information will answer a few of the more frequently asked questions you might have about home volleyball systems in order to make your decision the best one.

How much does a home volleyball net system cost?

It depends on what you're looking for, quality, and how equipped it is. You can spend as little as $20 for a basic volleyball kit for kids, up to several thousands of dollars for a permanent in-ground net system.

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What are the different kinds of home volleyball net systems?

Volleyball systems can be narrowed down to two basic types: 'Institutional', or indoor regulation systems, and 'recreational' home systems. Most indoor volleyball net systems can be folded up and rolled away when not in use. Recreational systems are either permanent in-ground, semi-permanent with removable posts, or portable. There are advantages and disadvantages to each.

Permanent vs. portable

In-ground
Permanent volleyball net systems are designed to stay where they're installed, and to provide many years of play. If you plan to move, or want the option to play in different locations, you may want to consider a semi-permanent system - one in which the posts and net can be removed, or a good portable system. The biggest advantages of permanent are durability and stability, which could make it your best investment over the long run. Most permanent systems are designed to meet regulation volleyball standards for leagues and clubs, and to withstand the wear and tear of competition volleyball. Setting up a permanent net system takes a little planning and time as it involves cementing posts to the ground, and there are various features to choose from.

Pros

Cons

Portable
The main advantages are mobility and versatility. It allows you to readily set up a game, and take it down when you're done. You can throw it in the back of your car, or keep a set in the trunk for whenever you feel like breaking out a game of volleyball with family and friends. The net can be easily adjusted to suit most levels and heights. These systems are going to cost you a lot less, depending on the types of poles and unique design features. The main trade-off is they're not as stable. A portable recreation volleyball system is intended for casual games on the lawn or beach.

Pros

Cons

Still can't decide?
Unsure whether to go portable or permanent? Semi-permanent is a good middle-way option. Sockets and ground sleeves allow posts and net to be removed and stowed away, or used elsewhere.

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What comes with a home volleyball net system?

Most basic backyard volleyball sets include poles, net, stakes, hardware, and carrying bag. But it depends on the extent of your purchase. Some systems may also come with a volleyball, pump, and other accessories. High-end regulation volleyball sets can include pole bases, padding, antennae, a boundary system, and other accessories. Many parts can be bought separately.

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What should I look for in a good home volleyball net system?

There are backyard volleyball sets to suit all levels and budgets. You can't go wrong with a sturdy set of poles, and a durable net that withstands high winds, and tightens easily and securely. If you're going portable, look for one that is easy to assemble and break down. An all-around sturdy set that you can assemble hassle-free, and is backed by a good warranty, is sure to provide your family with years of outdoor volleyball enjoyment.

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How should I shop for a good home volleyball system?

Because there are so many different systems, choosing the right one can be a daunting task. First, decide what your needs are. Will a permanent (or semi-permanent) in-ground system or portable better serve you? Next, what accessories and features do you want your set to come with? There is a wide range of choices to meet your needs and budget. From the bare basics. to additional features, to the works - padding and all. If there are kids in your clan, many systems allow you to adjust the net for their height, and for other net games like tennis and badminton.

Next, decide your price range. Do you have a location and space? What kind of poles do you want? Volleyball poles are available in a variety of materials, from pvc, to lightweight aluminum, to durable heavy duty steel.

If you're in the market for an institutional system, you're looking at a high end package that meets league regulations. There are many brands to choose from. From department store brands, to well-known names in sporting goods, to companies that specialize in volleyball systems. Be sure and ask about the warranty terms. The best system will be one that can withstand the wear and tear of competition volleyball, and stays in place through high winds and other natural elements if you're taking to serious beach volleyball.

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What's in a good portable volleyball net system?

Being able to dismantle your volleyball system and store it doesn't necessarily mean it's portable. A truly portable system is one that can be easily folded up and moved to another location. It should also be lightweight enough to lift and carry. A portable set will be labeled as such. If in doubt, ask.

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How do I take care of my home volleyball net system?

It's best to keep your in-ground system set up during months of frequent play as parts wear out from dismantling and moving. To keep the net in good shape, take it down during the off-season and stow it away; disassemble and store the parts you're able to. There are many volleyball storage systems available for your specific needs. Check the manufacturer's instructions for caring for your net system.

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How do I build my in-ground home volleyball net system?

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Can I just buy a net?

Yes. Volleyball nets are available to purchase separately. Rather than purchasing the whole system, poles and all, some people opt to buy the volleyball net only, and build their own in-ground pole system. You may want to buy only the net if your local park or rec area already has poles in place.

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How high should I set my net?

Many volleyball nets are fully adjustable to allow you the versatility of adjusting to various age groups, and other net games such as tennis and badminton. You can also buy a system intended for a particular age group. This information should be on the packaging.

According to standard NCAA height regulations, a competition volleyball net should measure 7 feet, 4-1/8 inches (2.24 meters) high for women's volleyball, 7 feet, 11-5/8 inches high for men's volleyball.

For children 10 and under, USA Volleyball Domestic Competition Regulations sets the net at 6 feet, 6 inches high for girls, and 7 feet high for boys.

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Do Epic's volleyball systems meet official standards?

Yes, our regulation volleyball net systems meet NCAA, NFSHA & USVBA specifications.

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