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Constructing A Beach Volleyball Court

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In addition to the instructions below we often prepare site-specific instructions at no charge for our customers. We also have experienced contractors in most areas which can help you with constructing a volleyball court. Whether you are an Eagle Scout building a court with money you have raised from car washes or an athletic director building courts for a Division 1 University, we can help you within your budget. Please call 1-800-494-3933 for assistance.

(1) Suggested Playing Area:
The playing area consists of the court and a safety space around it measuring 10 feet in each direction. (50' x 80') (If you don't have this space, smaller courts can be built, call 1-800-494-3933 for recommendations). (International organizations suggest a 70' x 100' space with a 20' buffer around the court but we feel this is excessive due to the increased cost of sand around the court) The space above the playing area should be free of obstructions. The playing area should be level and consist of good quality sand to a thickness which prevents players from contacting the underlying surface.

(2) Court Dimensions: Dimensions of the court are 29'6" feet by 59' feet and are measured from the outer edge of the boundary lines. The new 2 on 2 court size is 26'3" x 52'6". (We still prefer to build to the 6 on 6 court size so our courts accomodate both sizes and in case the 2 on 2 court size returns to the larger size.)

The boundary lines should be made of brightly colored tape or rope having similar characteristics (Note: Ropes can sometimes leave burns if you contact them accidentally, thick 2" wide webbing is what is recommended and what the professionals use). (For safety reasons we recommend removing the lines at night to protect people from tripping and injuring themselves). The plane of the net serves as an invisible center line of the court, dividing it into two halves.

(3) Site Preparation: The court area should be excavated to a 1-1/2 to 3 foot depth depending on how well your future court site drains. You will need to install a single (or multiple)drainage ditch(s) leading away from the lowest point of the court. Perforated drainage pipe should be laid across the court with a clean out on the high side and the other open to the drainage ditch. (Do not use corrugated drain pipe. It tends to collapse under the weight of the sand) Proper drainage is extremely important! You could find yourself playing in a giant mud puddle without it. (Even if the court is built above ground, sand will still retain water!)
(See Lateral Drainage Configuration Illustration below)

(4) Court Drainage PVC & Gravel: Depending on how well your soil drains overlay the court area with a few inches to a one-foot thickness of pea gravel. (If your budget is tight, place pea gravel just around the perforated drain pipe) Pea gravel around the perforated PVC pipe is important to prevent the holes in the PVC pipe from plugging. Above the pea gravel place our Sand Preservation FabricTM to prevent sand from washing through into the base gravel. (We have tested over 30 different types of geo-textile fabrics to insure that the money you spend on sand isn't washed away with rain. If you would like to purchase our ideal Sand Preservation FabricTM from us please call 1-800-494-3933. (Do not purchase soil separator fabric from local hardware stores. Their fabric is not thick enough to prevent sand loss) 

(5) Sand: Sand has become a passion of ours due to the fact that we have seen so many beautiful volleyball courts over the years with horrible sand. Building a beach volleyball court with bad sand typically results in a court which doesn't get used. Most volleyball players new and experienced don't like to play beach volleyball in a cloud of dust or in sand that cuts up their knees and elbows.

You will want to deposit one to two feet of volleyball sand over the area prepped for drainage and rake level. Your budget may dictate the depth of sand used but keep in mind if you go with a lesser depth, plan on raking or shoveling back sand from the middle of your "dished out court" to the sides about once a week or more (depending on how often the court is used).

The playing area alone will consume approximately 100+ tons of sand at a depth of approximately 12 inches. Many customers purchase betwen 100-300 tons per court depending on the size of their court and the depth they prefer. (Call us at 1-800-494-3933 for more detailed information and pricing)

If you want beach volleyball sand you should typically not use golf course bunker sand or washed masonry sand. You want a blend of ideal particle sizes with low dust. We have spent the past 10 years creating a distribution network of beach volleyball sand for sale throughout the United States and Canada to supply you with high quality volleyball sand without incurring excessive delivery costs. (Call 1-800-494-3933 for pricing)

When evaluating volleyball sand for purchase you want to check for abrasiveness, current dust and playing dust. To check abrasiveness you should wear shorts and test the sand with your knees in both dry and wet conditions by kneeling down onto it. To check the current dust in the sand you want to shake it up in a clear bottle of water and see how cloudy the water gets. For playing dust you need to have a lab evaluate it for particle shape. The playing dust issue is the most common issue people skip then regret when purchasing randomly sourced sand.

Sand is expensive to return and once it's in your court, it will be there forever unless you pay to ship it away. Please let us help you with your volleyball sand by calling 1-800-494-3933. The sands we sell are extremely low in dust (most less than a trace) and you'll have the choice as to what particle shape sand you wish to purchase. We work with people every day, all year long building courts and you'll benefit from our experience.



(6) Poles:
Poles supporting the volleyball net should be made of stainless steel, anodized aluminum, galvanized steel, treated wood (6 x 6's or larger are preferred with sanded edges, 4 x 4's tend to bend too much) or other material that will withstand tension and not bend or break when stressed. It is also a good idea to pad the poles to protect players using your court and to give your court that cosmetic professional look.

Poles should be approximately 10.5-16 feet long and cemented into a concrete footing measuring at least 1 foot in diameter and 3 feet deep (This can vary depending on how compact the soil is). The poles don't have to be cemented in place but should be. Poles should be free of hazardous protrusions. (Avoid making poles with eye bolts since prolonged volleyball net tension often brakes them off and results in sharp, rusty points coming off the poles) If you use guy wires, they should be made of bright colors or padded to prevent injury to players. All anchors for guy wires and boundary lines should be buried at least 12-18 inches under the surface of the sand and free of sharp edges.

(7) Nets: Official outdoor nets measure 32 feet long by 39 inches tall. If you don't have the space for an official size net we can make a volleyball net any size you wish. The proper height for a men's net is 7' 11-5/8" (8 Feet) tall and for women it's 7' 4-1/8" (7 Feet 4 Inches) tall. Aircraft cables with fixed eye loops on both sides should be used on all permanent standing courts. This allows you to padlock your net to your poles and the aircraft cable provides added security since steel cable is much more difficult to cut down than a standard rope cable. Residential courts can use Kevlar cords or standard ropes if you wish to make your net easier to set up and take down.


If you still have more questions concerning construction after reading this (most people do) please call us. We have constructed many courts over the years and can answer any questions you may have. We are open Monday through Friday 8-6 PST. 1-800-494-3933

Below are examples of courts VolleyballUSA.com has manufactured equipment for and helped construct.
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Professional Court

College Courts

Resort Court


Backyard Sand Court Flush Grade


Backyard Sand Court Below Grade


Backyard Grass Court

Roof Top Court


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For the strongest, most durable court we recommend the following:

Manufactured with Marine Grade Materials
POP-Bazooka Professional Outdoor Poles
Set includes heavy duty easy to adjust hardware. System can be adjusted with just one stainless steel palm bolt for any net height (volleyball, badminton, tennis, etc...)

  • Two 3.5 inch O.D. ultra stiff posts.
  • Choose between heavy-wall, 12' anodized aluminum or 10-1/2" galvanized steel poles. (Either pole can be ordered in longer lengths if preferred)
  • High strength single unit hardware with stainless steel set screws and nuts
  • Available with a powder coated or a completely stainless steel winch
  • Single point adjustment, no ladder or chair needed.
  • Perfect for sand courts and prolonged outdoor use.
  • Top and bottom internal drive caps for poles.
  • Lockable winches to prevent vandalism and theft.
  • Available for side by side systems.
  • Posts can be permanently placed in the ground or you can purchase optional seamless heavy wall aluminum ground sleeves with removable caps.


Professional Pro Beach Power Net:
  • 32 foot x 39 inch
  • #42 knotted nylon netting
  • Steel cable top and bottom
  • 1-1/8" inch treated wooden end dowels with x-brace tension ropes. (not pictured)
  • 22-oz. 4" vinyl tapes all sides.
  • This is the same net used by professional beach volleyball associations
  • Available in Blue, Red, Yellow, Dark Green and White

Professional Pro Beach Lines:
  • Heavy duty webbing court boundary system. All adjust to official court size with plastic adjustable buckles on each side, this allows you to fine tune the court dimensions.
  • Heavy weight webbing with stitched steel corner rings, center court markings, two hand winders for storage.
  • 4-five inch steel grass stakes with two foot of bungee cord.
  • 4-plastic sand plates with 2 foot of bungee cord attached.
  • Permanently attached bungee cords enables the boundary to form a perfect rectangle, and will stretch when tripped on, for safety.
  • Available in Blue, Red, Yellow and Black

Sand Volleyball Court EDGE GUARDTM:
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    Maintain a beautiful edge between your sand and grass

    Mounts directly on top of a treated 2 x 12 with cushion gap

    Easy overlap installation, no cutting needed

    Sand stays soft on one side and grass stays beautiful on the other
    Keep your grass from growing into your sand!
  • Impact resistant plastic helps prevent injuries and allows you to maintain a clear edge between your sand and grass.
  • Made with UV resistant plastic for years of outdoor exposure.
  • Screws on top of 2 by 12 treated lumber with 1 inch cushion gap for easy installation.
  • Pieces are overlapped every 8 feet for quick set-up. No cutting needed.
  • Constructed of High Density Polyethelene Plastic (Same as milk jugs thus, this product can be recycled!)
  • We stock EDGE GUARDTM in Blue, Dark Green, Black and Red. (Other colors available, call for availability and price)
  • Only $4.00 a foot. We can discount down to $2.53 a foot if you are purchasing other equipment from us or are buying in bulk. (Call 1-800-494-3933 to order)

Beach Volleyball Court Sand Maintenance: United Volleyball Supply's Grate Sand Device:

  • GET CLEAN "GRATE" SAND, NOT RAKED SAND!
  • Available with different screen sizes to filter out tree debris, coarse sand, garbage, etc...(Fine, Medium, Coarse)
  • Constructed out of galvanized steel and perforated aluminum
  • Pneumatic wheels provide ease of use
  • Screens can be interchanged to fine tune your sand cleaning process
  • Sand must be completely dry for best results
  • Simply pull the Grate Sand Device through the sand and lift the handle to a 45 degree incline. Fine beach sand drops right through while debris tumbles towards the back. (Repeat as necessary)

Single screen unit $425

Dual screen unit $525

(Available for rent also, call for pricing)


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Volleyball Court PERIMETER / ENCLOSURE PACKAGES:
  • Don't chase after volleyballs!!!
  • Play twice as many games in the same amount of time because you don't have to play hit and fetch.
  • A must have for commercial applications when trying to accommodate lots of players or when you only have the space for one or a few courts.
  • We manufacture all of this equipment and can make packages to fit your court needs.
  • Click here for pricing

Pricing

Product Description
Retail Price
VolleyballUSA
Guaranteed Lowest Price
High Quality Beach Volleyball Sand Varies Varies based on sand selected and distance shipped. Call Toll Free 1-800-494-3933
for Pricing
We often have multiple choices per state and will ship free samples if our pricing is acceptable. Call 1-800-494-3933 for further information.
Professional Outdoor Standards
$995
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1-800-494-3933
for Pricing
(We have other solutions available.  Please call toll free 1-800-494-3933 for help.)
Outdoor Pole Pads (Pair) $340 $260 (We have other pads available. Please call toll free 1-800-494-3933 for help.)
Professional Power Net $389 $210 (We have other nets available, click here.)
Permanent Mounted Boundary Lines $69 $53 (We have other boundary lines available, click here.)
Edge Guard $4.00 foot $2.53 foot purchased in bulk Available in blue, black, dark green and red as a safety cushioned border around a sand volleyball court.
Optional Court Enclosure N/A $73 to $4,600+ Great for keeping volleyballs close by without having to play hit and fetch
Freight $Varies Call Toll Free
1-800-494-3933
for Pricing

Total Delivered $1793 plus freight Call Toll Free
1-800-494-3933
for Pricing

Here is a Sampling of Some VolleyballUSA.com's Outdoor Volleyball Courts
Professional Court

Univeristy of Virginia

Hyatt Aruba

20 Foot Enclosure

Aspire Higher Volleyball

Iowa Church Courts

6 Foot Enclosure

Backyard Beach Court

Apartment Volleyball Court

Backyard Beach Court

US Open Center Court

Lighted Volleyball Court

Florida Keys Court

Backyard Grass Court

Edge Guard Court

Northwest University

High End Pool Volleyball

Eagle Scout Volleyball Court

Africa Court

Multi-Sport Volleyball and Tennis
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Why purchase from us?
  1. Our sales people play volleyball.
  2. We use / test the products we sell and personally know how well they perform and how long they last.
  3. We will match or beat prices on exact or similar items sold by our competitors.
  4. Our products are made with quality, longer lasting materials.
  5. Most of our products are manufactured in the USA.
  6. All products are sold 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
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