How to choose your volleyball

Volleyball|3 ways to help you choose the most suitable volleyball!

When it comes to choosing a volleyball there are several things you need to take into account: the touch of the ball, durability, the quality of the bounce, lightness and stability in the air.

When we talk about volleyball, we often talk about the ball, but it's not always obvious how to pick one for yourself. Whether you're new to the game, a seasoned player or a pro, there's a ball out there for you. A ball can't be chosen just like that. Taking some time and few criteria into account will help you find that rare pearl. Follow our guide!

Criterion no.1: your level

Firstly, unlike other team sports, in volleyball all the balls are nearly the same size. Your level will thus determine which volleyball you should use.

I say nearly all the same size, but there is a difference between size 4 and size 5 balls. Used for training, size 4 balls are between 18 and 20 centimeters in diameter, while size 5 balls, which are the official balls used for matches, measure between 20 and 22 centimeters.

How to choose your volleyball

Your age is also an important factor when choosing a ball

Even if most balls are the same size, it doesn't mean to say they weigh the same. The weight is always listed on the ball. It's mainly to protect young volleyball players.

1. Children aged six to nine need a ball weighing between 200 and 220 grams.
2. Balls for ten to 14-year-olds weigh between 230 and 250 grams.
3. Children aged 15 and over are advised to use an official ball, weighing between 260 and 280 grams.

Another key factor to take into account is inflating the ball correctly. No air, no game! Take proper care of your ball by inflating it to a pressure of between 294 and 318 millibars.

How to choose your volleyball

We have selected different volleyballs for you

  • How to choose a volleyball ball

    Beginner: vbb100 

    A lighter and larger volleyball so that beginners can have fun with slower trajectories that are easier to follow. 

  • How to choose a volleyball ball

    Intermediates: v500

    Designed for volleyball players who have mastered most technical skills and who train two to three times per week.

  • How to choose a volleyball ball

    Advanced: v900

    This FIVB-approved volleyball is certified for professional matches and designed for intense play by advanced volleyball players.

What material should your ball be made of?

Foam, polyurethane, synthetic leather: there are plenty of different materials and complicated words to be found in this sport. We tell you everything you need to know!

Beginner: Volleyballs coated in soft foam are ideal for beginners. Why is that? When you start playing the game, you have to get used to your forearms striking the ball. It goes without saying that a ball coated in soft foam is not going to hurt your arms. You might also want to wear sleeves for added protection.

Intermediates: Synthetic leather is the ideal coating for more experienced players. Harder to the touch, these balls help you perfect your game. We can't promise you'll be smashing it on every attack, but ball trajectory will be considerably better.

Advanced: For advanced and pro players a microfibre coating is ideal. Boasting a dimpled surface, this is a ball that delivers a perfect trajectory and accuracy, worthy of your skills. Yes, our volleyballs have dimples!

And there you have it, you've got everything you need to find the right ball for you! 

How to choose your volleyball

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