Ultimate Guide To Indoor Volleyball Positions

Ultimate Guide To Indoor Volleyball Positions

Ultimate Guide To Indoor Volleyball Positions

The following topics will be covered in our Ultimate Guide To Indoor Volleyball Positions:

  • Court layout
  • General flow of the game
  • Indoor Volleyball Positions
  • Setter
  • Middle Hitter / Blocker
  • Opposite Hitter / Blocker
  • Outside Hitter
  • Libero
  • Defensive Specialist
  • Serving Specialist

Volleyball positions, rotations, and formations are three of the most important aspects of Volleyball irrespective if you’re playing in a recreational or competitive league.

Volleyball combines strategy, skill, and social interaction, and requires teamwork, excellent communication, and optimal ‘think on your feet’ problem solving skills. As indoor volleyball is an intense, fast-paced game with a lot of quick movements on the court, things can become fast, furious, and fierce in an instant, demanding players to make split second in-the-moment decisions. Teams hit, block, dig, serve, spike, and do whatever it takes to claim the set, and ultimately the victory. Players need to be prepared for anything.

To ensure your team can compete with the best of them and be considered true competitors, it is essential that each player knows what their respective role is and what is expected of them the moment they step onto the court.

That being said, volleyball is a team sport. While it is crucial that each player masters their unique skill set, players need to trust and depend on each other to succeed.

Court Layout & General Flow of the Game

Before we dive deeper into the specific indoor volleyball positions and their distinct roles and skill sets, here is a quick outline and overview of the volleyball court layout and the general flow of the game for extra insight and understanding.

Court Layout

Indoor Volleyball Court Layout - Ultimate Guide To Indoor Volleyball Positions

The volleyball court has a standard dimension of 18 meters by 9 meters. The court has named lines that mark the important portions of the court.

Every volleyball court has the following lines:

  • Centre Line: Located directly under the volleyball net, the center line marks the exact middle of the court, separating the opposing sides.
  • Sideline: The sideline runs along the length of the court marking the outer boundary.
  • End Line / Baseline: The end line / baseline marks the outer boundary of the court along its width.
  • Attack Line: The attack line is also known as the ‘3-meter line’. The attack line separates the frontcourt from the backcourt. It is not only crucial in the overall court layout but plays a key role in the rules of play in volleyball. The attack line is a major determining factor in terms of which players can ‘attack’ or hit the ball over the net.
  • Free Zone: The free zone is usually a 3-meter-wide space / area surrounding the entire court within which the ball can be played during a rally.
  • Backcourt: The backcourt is the area of the court behind the attack line.
  • Frontcourt: The frontcourt is the area of the court in front of the attack line.

General Flow of the Game

As with any sport, volleyball has an array of specific terms and definitions used to describe various aspects of play, rules etc. Two terms that are vital to the sport of volleyball and the general flow of the game is ‘offense’ and ‘defense’.

It is essential to not only know what these terms mean, but understand their impact / influence on the game, as well as recognise the major distinctions between them.

As a game of volleyball can be unpredictable and action-packed, with things changing, flipping, and switching in an instant, it is crucial to keep track of what’s happening on the court, especially as opposing teams transfer from offensive strategy to defensive strategy very quickly during a rally.

When a team is in possession of the ball and trying to score a point, they are on ‘offense’. The opposing team trying to prevent their opponents from scoring is on ‘defense’. The moment the ball crosses the net to the other side, the two opposing teams switch from offense to defense and vice versa.

The team that is in possession of the ball / the team that is on offense has a maximum of three ‘touches’ to get the ball back over the net in a rally, but the flow of the game / rally has a general look and feel to it.

The team receiving the ball (either via a serve from the other team to start a rally or during an ongoing rally) usually ‘digs’ or otherwise stops the ball from hitting the floor (i.e. being ‘grounded’) on their side of the court – If the ball is ‘grounded’ or cannot be returned back over the net, the offensive team scores a point.

As mentioned, the team that is on offense (offensive team) has a maximum of three ‘touches’ to get the ball over the net into the opposing team’s side of the court.

The breakdown of the three touches as per the flow of the game is as follows:

  • The first touch is essentially a ‘pass’ to another player for the team’s second touch.
  • The second touch is deemed the ‘set’. As the name implies, the primary and sole purpose of the second touch (the set) is to set the ball up at the best possible angle and air position to elevate and maximize the chances of the third and final touch getting over the net and grounding on the opposing team’s side of the court.
  • The third touch – AKA the final touch – AKA the ‘attack’ is the last time a player can touch the ball when they are in possession of the ball during a rally / on offense trying to score a point. The third touch needs to be both powerful and strategic.

During the offensive team’s three-touch offensive play, the team on defense waits, watches, attempts to arrange its players, make tactical shifts and split-second strategic plays and moves all in the effort to pre-empt, prevent, and prepare for the opposing team’s third touch and ‘attack’.

The rally between the two teams can continue for as long as necessary (depending on how equally matched the two teams are) until the ball is ultimately grounded on one of the opposing team’s side of the court or if the ball is otherwise unable to be returned to the opposing team’s side of the court.

**Extra Note: It should be noted that the team on offense does have a maximum of three touches to get the ball over the net and into the opposing team’s side of the court and that the offensive team generally opt to use all three of their touches, they do not have to use their maximum three touches if they choose not to.

For example, if the team on offense recognizes and instantly seizes a gap or potential opportunity to score a point after only two touches, either due to smart, swift, strategic offensive play, as a means of strategy to catch the opposing team off guard by doing the opposite of what they would expect, or even to simply save the ball from being grounded by their opponents – all of this is allowed.

HERE IS THE SNAG – There are certain restrictions and rules in place regarding which player / players are allowed / permitted to get the ball over the net. We’ll cover this soon, so keep a lookout!

Indoor Volleyball Positions & Roles

Each position has a certain role and set of skills that is vital to helping the team succeed. In order to be a strong and cohesive winning team, every volleyball player on the team needs to excel at their individual position.

There are six different indoor volleyball positions.

The six volleyball positions are:

  • Setter
  • Outside Hitter | Left-Side Hitter
  • Opposite Hitter | Right-Side Hitter
  • Middle Hitter | Middle Blocker
  • Libero
  • Defensive Specialist
  • Serving Specialist

In indoor volleyball there are three ‘front row players’ and three ‘back row players’ during each point in a rally / volleyball game.

The diagram below shows the numbered court positions and their layout on the one side of the court (called ‘zones’) with the volleyball positions on the other side.

Ultimate Guide To Indoor Volleyball Positions

For reference purposes, the court positions or ‘zones’ are imaginary fixed spots numbered 1 through to 6 in order to discuss, execute, and implement formation strategy.

It is important to note that while the position numbers don’t change (for example, position 6 is always in the middle of the back court, and position 2 is always in the front court on the right-hand side), the player positions are able to change as the players move around on the courtduring a rally, with certain regulations and restrictions in the rules as to which player positions can attack depending on whether they are in the front row or the back row at the time of the serve.

To understand the role of each player, let’s dive deeper into the different indoor volleyball player positions.

Ultimate Guide To Indoor Volleyball Positions - Setter

Setter

The setter of a volleyball team can be compared to the quarterback of a football team or point guard of a basketball team. The setter is seen as the leader and main ‘point of reference’ and guidance on the volleyball court, especially with regards to the flow of the game.

As the respective leader of the team, the setter is the player who runs the team’s offense. During the offensive team’s three-touch offensive play, the setter generally receives the ball via a ‘pass’ (i.e. the first touch) and as such, has the second touch of the ball. As ‘the setter’, one of their primary responsibilities on offense is to set the ball up, at an exceptional angle and position, for the hitters to attack via the third touch.

During a rally, the setter has to make several split-second decisions including, which hitter to set and what kind of set to give them. They also need to decide when to get back into position for defense as well as where to line up for defense.

When the team is on defense, the setter watches the flow of play from their assigned area / zone and must be ready to defend their area from attack either at the net or in the backcourt at any moment.

As the setter plays a crucial role in the team’s offensive game and strategy, they must be able to make a rapid transition from defense back to offense by getting into position to receive the second touch and set the ball up for the hitter to attack.

It is not unusual for the setter to be involved in every rally / play. In fact, as the setter is responsible for setting up the ball for the hitters to attack they really should be involved in every play.

The home position of the setter is either position 1 or 2, depending on if they are in the front or back court.

  • Setter Position: In the front row, the setter’s base defense position is at the front right spot. When they move into the back row, their base defense position usually becomes the back right spot.

Responsibilities & Roles

  • Spearheads / runs the offense
  • Set the ball for the hitters to attack
  • Dig and block on defense
  • Use a ‘dump shot’ to keep opponents off balance

Attributes & Skills

  • Setters have exceptionally strong leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Able to make quick in-the-moment decisions | Setters are the key decision makers on the court.
  • Setters must be able to see, assess, and anticipate the flow of play. The best setters are able to predict and understand the thought process of opposing players and are always one step ahead of their opponent. This allows them to better control their team’s offense and play to their strengths.
  • Accuracy, control, and consistency in terms of setting the ball to provide attackers with the best chance possible to ground the ball on the opposing team’s side of the court. The more consistent the setter, the more confident the hitters.
  • As setters are required to do everything (pass, dig, set, hit, etc.), they must be athletic and highly skilled volleyball players. Speed, agility, coordination, and the ability to move quickly around the court in transition are key to being a great setter.
  • Setters must have a high volleyball IQ as well as a good understanding of all the strategic aspects of the game.
  • Be motivational and uplifting and keep the team’s momentum up.
  • Excellent blocking abilities.
Ultimate Guide To Indoor Volleyball Positions - Middle Hitter

Middle Hitter | Middle Blocker

Depending on whether his/her team is on offense or defense, the middle hitter transitions to the middle blocker.

  • Middle Hitter = Offense
  • Middle Blocker = Defense

On offense, the middle hitter executes rapid attacks close to the setter, often attacking the ball on the third touch before the ball’s trajectory reaches the peak of its arc. As the middle hitter engages in the third touch of the team’s offensive play, they should be able to deliver a powerful and strategic final hit or spike, read, assess, and pre-empt the setter’s actions, and effectively judge, and adjust their approach to the third and final touch of the ball.

As the middle hitter is responsible for executing the third attacking shot they must be able to assess the opposing team’s defensive setup in order to deliver a strategic and powerful hit in a high-chance grounding area.

On defense, the middle blocker’s main responsibility is to block the opposing team’s attacks.

The middle blocker is not only responsible for defending his / her team’s zone 3, but also moves from side to side to assist with double (i.e. two players) blocking an attack from the sides of the court near the net. Due to their key role in blocking attacks from the opposing team, they are often tasked with the responsibility of coordinating the frontcourt players for blocking.

  • Middle Hitter Position: The middle hitter’s base defense position will be at the front middle spot. In the back row, the middle hitter’s base defense position will generally be at the back left spot. Because they are usually replaced by the libero, they only play defense while serving.

Responsibilities & Roles

  • Block the opponent’s shots
  • Read the opponent’s hitters to set up blocks
  • Use quick attacks on offense
  • Act as a decoy on offense

Attributes & Skills

  • Height: Middle Hitters are extremely tall and have great jumping abilities for both blocking attacks as well as getting above the defender’s blocks to meet the ball at a high point.
  • Lateral Agility: Middle hitters need to be agile and quick on their feet. Getting from one end of the net to the other in a flash is one of the most important characteristics of a great middle hitter. 
  • Power: Middle is a power position. A great middle hitter spikes the volleyball with power and speed.
  • High Volleyball IQ: Middle hitters need to be able to read the setter and react, judge, and adjust their movements and actions to that of the setter. This means they need to be in cohesion with the setter’s actions.
  • Strong hands: BLOCK! BLOCK! BLOCK! That’s what middle hitters are asked to do every single time they step on the volleyball court. Their hands take a beating so it’s incredibly important for them to be strong.
  • Quick evaluation skills to anticipate the opposing team’s attack.
  • Great strategic thinking and analytic skills.

Opposite Hitter

Also known as the right-side hitter, the opposite hitter is the player that blocks and attacks / hits the ball from the right side of the volleyball net. Opposite hitters are well-rounded players, known to possess the perfect balance of offensive and defensive skills, serving as a multi-purpose tool to bolster both the defensive and attacking line-ups.

The opposite hitter rotates on the court opposite the setter and is often described as the setter’s shadow.

On offense, the opposite hitter not only attacks from the right-side of the court, but often assumes the role of the back-up setter or second setter when needed. As accurate hitters, the opposite hitter is also responsible for the role of off-setter (for when the setter is unable to take the second ball and set).

Due to them being extremely well-rounded players, opposite hitters can easily step into the shoes of passer as they rotate around the court, filling in gaps in the defense and shoring up weak spots.

Because of the way the court is set up, opposite hitters are the best position for left-handed players. 

  • Opposite Hitter Position: In the front row, the opposite hitter’s base defense position is at the front right spot. In the back row, the opposite hitter’s base defense position is usually at the back right spot.

Responsibilities & Roles

  • In the front row, the opposite hitter is responsible for blocking and shutting down the opposing team’s outside hitter’s shots and attacks. 
  • In the back row, the main focus of the opposite hitter is to dig any attack that is hit in their direction.
  • Opposite hitters also hit / attack from the back row. If they do hit from the back row, they usually hit what’s known as a “D Ball”. This is a set that is placed just in front of the ten-foot line on the right side of the volleyball court.

Attributes & Skills

  • Grit: Opposite hitters are always in the danger zone on defense. Whether it is a hard line shot from the outside or a one ball from the opposing middle, they have to be ready for anything and willing to take a hard knock to the face if that’s what it takes. A great opposite hitter is a volleyball player who isn’t afraid to do the dirty work.
  • Confident & bold players: They make their presence known when they’re up at the net and play aggressively when they drop back on defense.
  • Height: While most people assume middle hitters to be the tallest players on the team, that isn’t necessarily true. The best opposite hitters are usually enormous because it’s a volleyball position centered around blocking. By controlling the opposing team’s outside hitter, you give your team a great chance to win.
  • Great court awareness: As opposite hitters play defense on the line, they are responsible for deciding if a spike is in or out. This requires top-notch court awareness.
  • Opposite hitters have excellent all-around volleyball skills as they can play in both the front and back row depending on the needs of the team.
  • Power: Great opposite hitters are almost always larger than whoever is blocking them. Because of this, they need to have the power necessary to put the ball down and not get dug.
  • Strong hands: Similar to the middle hitter, the opposite hitter will be doing a ton of blocking. It’s crucial that they have strong hands to withstand the constant blocking.
  • Excellent ball control for sets, great blockers, and highly skilled setters.
  • Great jumping abilities for both blocking and attacking.
Ultimate Guide To Indoor Volleyball Positions - Hitter

Outside Hitter

Also known as the left-side hitter or left wing spiker, the outside hitter hits and blocks the ball on the front left side of the court. Each team has two outside hitters.

  • Outside Hitter Position: In the front row, the outside hitter’s base defense position is the front left spot. In the back row, the outside hitter’s base defense position will normally be at the middle back spot.

Responsibilities & Roles

  • Outside hitters are responsible for just about everything on a volleyball court, including hitting, blocking, passing, digging, and serving.

On defense outside hitters are responsible for:

  • Blocking the opposing team’s opposite hitter as well as aiding in blocking the opposing team’s middle hitter and sometimes the opposing outside hitter, depending on the blocking scheme.
  • Blocking attacks down the sideline (when playing in the front row).
  • Outside hitters often receive the ball during the serve (along with the Libero).
  • Calls out the hitters on the other side of the net.

On offense outside hitters are responsible for:

  • On offense, the outside hitter is usually one of the main passers and a go-to hitter.
  • Receives the set from the setter on the left side of the court and runs the play the setter calls.
  • Observes the opposing team’s defensive weaknesses and executes a strategic play while attacking.

Attributes & Skills

  • Great communicators: Outside hitters are in constant communication with every player on their team – Great communication skills are therefore crucial to being a good outside hitter.
  • Excellent athletic ability: An outside hitter needs to be a highly skilled and extremely athletic player.In addition to great all-around volleyball skills (as outside hitters can play in both the back row and front row depending on the needs of the team), power and a good vertical jump are two attributes that separate good outside hitters from great ones.
  • Reach: Whether it’s from jumping high or being tall, reach is crucial to an outside hitter. Having a good reach will enable the player to not only put up a competitive block, but execute a powerful spike.
  • Speed & agility: Speed and agility are two physical attributes that are essential to an outside hitter. Defensively, outside hitters make extremely quick movements to get behind the volleyball. Offensively, they rely on their quickness and agility to transition into their hitting approach.
  • High Volleyball IQ: Outside hitters are smart and strategic players. They must be able to read and react to things like blocks, opposing defenses, and even an opponent’s shoulder placement.
  • Consistency: Consistency is one of the most important characteristics of a great outside hitter. Setters rely heavily on outside hitters, so if they are not performing at their peak, it will affect the entire play.
  • The best outside hitters demonstrate a high level of mental toughness.
  • Premium passing ability in the first touch when receiving the serve.
  • Good ball handling skills.
  • Great digger and hitter who can kill a perfect set and can also work with an off the net or over the shoulder set.
Ultimate Guide To Indoor Volleyball Positions - Libero

Libero

  • Libero Position: The libero’s base defense position is the back left spot. This can change depending on what position the libero comes in the game for (usually the middle hitter). 

Responsibilities & Roles

  • The libero is always in the back row and specializes in serve receive and defense (digging). 
  • Great jumping abilities for both blocking attacks as well as getting above the defender’s blocks to meet the ball at a high point.

Attributes & Skills

  • Libero is an incredibly demanding volleyball position that requires a balance of physical and mental characteristics and attributes.
  • Heightened / quick reflexes and reaction time.
  • Optimal awareness and ability to read, assess, and pre-empt game play is a key characteristic of a great libero. Liberos should be able to anticipate where the opposing team’s attackers are going to hit the ball.
  • Quick and agile on the court and the ability to recover his / her stance if digging takes them off their feet.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Good at making split second decisions and giving fellow players direction and guidance during a rally.
  • High Volleyball IQ: Great liberos are the leaders of defense. They fill the holes in blocks, read and interpret arm swings, and alert their fellow teammates of things they notice about the opposing team’s game play or strategy.
  • Consistency: Liberos should be consistent in their passing game. Running an effective offense is impossible without solid passing and that starts with the libero.
  • Hustle: While the setter is the player that runs the most during a volleyball game, the libero takes the most dives. Elite liberos are willing to do whatever it takes and consistently sacrifice their bodies to get that needed touch on the volleyball.
  • Grit: The best liberos are bold and fearless players. Fear causes you to play on your heels which will result in slow movements and poor execution.

Defensive Specialist

A defensive specialist is a player that comes into the game for the sole purpose of playing defense.

  • Defensive Specialist Position: This depends on which position the defensive specialists is entering the game as.As the libero generally comes in for the middle hitter, the defensive specialist will most often replace an opposite or outside hitter.

Responsibilities & Roles:

  • The primary purpose of a defensive specialist is to come in for players who are less capable in the back row and offer additional defensive support.
  • Unlike the libero, a defensive specialist is not limited by any additional rules. In the game, the defensive specialist is allowed to engage in a back row attack and set a front row attack from in front of the 10-foot line.

Serving Specialist

A serving specialist (ss) is a player who specifically comes into the game to serve. 

Responsibilities & Roles

  • The primary responsibility of the serving specialist is to serve the volleyball.
  • The serving specialist plays defense in their respective position on the ensuing point.

Attributes & Skills

  • Exceptional and highly consistent servers.
How To Spike In Volleyball - Improve Volleyball Spiking Skill

How To Spike The Ball Better In Volleyball – With Training Ideas

Spiking is one of the most dynamic and exciting parts of volleyball and we all want to be better at it. Spiking well requires agility, strength and timing. In this post we will start off by breaking down a basic spike, then adding some drills which can help you improve your spikes and finally finishing off with some exercises that will help you strengthen your jump and mention some great tools you can use to practice and perfect your volleyball spikes.

How To Spike A Volleyball

In indoor volleyball you need to a front row player in order to strike the over the net, but in beach volleyball either player can spike the volleyball so we will try to keep this basic “how to” as relevant to both as possible.

1. Position

Positioning is critical for a great spike. When getting in position make sure you are a few feet away from the net and in line with where the ball is going to be set.

For indoor volleyball position yourself behind the 10 foot line ( attack line ). The most effective spikes come from the right or left side of the court at a sharp downward angle. If you have longer legs and take bigger steps, then stand a bit further back to compensate.

Position yourself on the 10 ft line to prepare for your jump approach. These are the most powerful angles to spike the ball from.
Beach volleyball is a bit more fluid than indoor volleyball. But you should position yourself off the net, about 3 to 4 steps ready for your jump approach. You want to position yourself behind the ball, but be able to shift slightly if the set is off.

2. Watch The Setter

Watch the setter to get a clue as to where they are going to set the ball. They will set the ball high on your side of the court, ideally about 3 foot off the net. Start your approach after the ball is set. When practicing your spikes as a team make sure the setter is giving you good sets so you can improve your skills rather than trying to hit bad sets. Later in this post we will cover how to practice spiking on your own.

3. The Approach

Start facing the ball with your knees slightly bent so that you are ready to move. If right handed, then your left foot should be slightly back and vice verse if you are left handed.

  1. Take a strong first step with your left foot in the direction of the ball.
  2. Follow this with your right foot. Start to build speed. Swing your arms back as you are taking your second step. The distance of the 2nd step depends on how close or far the ball is. Smaller step if the ball is close to you, larger step if further away.
  3. Take your final step to square your feet. Your feet should be shoulder width apart and your knees should be bent, ready to jump. Your arms should be stretched out behind you.
  4. As your last step lands your body should turn 30 degrees to the net with your hitting shoulder furthest from the net. JUMP! As you jump explosively upward, swing your arms forward and up to help you build momentum in your jump.
  5. As you reach the top of your jump pull the elbow of your hitting arm back and bend it at a 90 degree angle. Your other hand should be level with your head pointing at the ball.
How To Spike In Volleyball. Video by Pavel Danilyuk from Pexels.

4. The Hit

Hit the ball with the center of your open hand. Rotate your hitting arm at the shoulder and whip your forearm forward to gain power. Snap your wrist downward to add top spin to the ball. Aim the ball down into your opponents court.

Some Tips:

  • Try to hit the ball at the top of your jump for max power.
  • Bring your arm down through the ball and next to your body. This ensures your momentum is pushed through the ball into your hit.
  • Make sure not to “carry” or “hold” the ball as this is against the rules of volleyball.

5. The Landing

Bend your knees as you hit the ground to soften your landing and retain your balance.

Remember to look up, keep playing and get back in position. Don’t watch your spike to see how great it was.

Now that you know how to spike a volleyball, let’s work on how to improve your volleyball spiking.

How To Get Better At Volleyball Spiking

There are a few elements that we can break the volleyball spike into and improve individually so that when you put it all together you will have a more powerful and accurate hit.

Element 1: Footwork

The footwork of a spike is critical as it sets up the timing for the rest of the manoeuvre. If you are not comfortable with the footwork you will not be able to get into position in the air to hit the ball well. A great way to improve your footwork is to work on it without the ball, so you can focus on how you are moving your feet without worrying about the ball.

A great way to practice your hitting and footwork is to practice spiking without a jump and then slowly add more.

  1. Practice spiking without a jump. Just swing the arms to hit the ball over head.
  2. Add the swinging arms into the practice. Swing your arms back, then forward and up before striking the ball.
  3. Add a small jump to practice your timing and motion.
  4. Add only a one step jump into the motion.
  5. Try the full approach with two steps before the 2 footed jump.

Element 2: The Jump

One way to seriously increase your spiking power is by improving your jump height. This depends largely on your approach, not just the final step. So make sure you are comfortable with your approach before you move to this step.

Swinging your arms is a great way to increase your momentum, increase the height of your jump and perfect your timing to hit the ball. Practice swinging your arms in the approach to master the timing of this.

Focus on jumping up rather than forward. Your jump should be high, rather than long.

Practice jumping as high as you can. The strength of your legs along with your timing determine your jump height. There are some great tools that can help you improve your jumps for your volleyball spike.

Vertical Jump Trainers

The INNSTAR Vertical Jump Trainer improves your leg strength by adding resistance while you practice your jumps. This jump trainer comes with a waist belt, 2 X resistance bands, 2 X foot straps and a handy carry bag.

They say you can improve your jump height by 8 inches in 15 weeks. This high quality product is a great option to improve your jumps, especially when combined with a box while at the gym.

Practice makes perfect but it can be time consuming waiting for the setter each time to practice your jump. A great option is to use a spike trainer, so your coach can hold the ball at the perfect height for you to practice jumping over and over again.

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The Spike Trainer with the Bownet Sports Volleyball Practice Station

The volleyball spike trainer only comes with the foam ball holder, not the ball or the extension. Your coach, parent or friend can hold the ball at the ideal height to practice spiking. If you want to learn how to jump higher, it is a great help to raise the ball a bit so that you have a higher goal to aim for.

This product doesn’t come with the extension arm but a broom or painting pole works well. The Mr. LongArm Pro-Pole Extension is the perfect option with its extendable arm.

You can also add the Bownet Sports Volleyball Practice Station to stop you having to chase after the ball each time.

The Perfect Spike Training System

Want more ideas? Have a look at our best spike trainers post.

How To Spike The Ball Harder

Element 3: The Hit

Most attackers ask, “how can I spike the volleyball harder”? Once you have got a great approach and jump its time to improve your volleyball striking. Striking is a pivotal part of the spike, but requires a good set up for your hit to be effective.

The key to hitting the ball harder is simply to swing your arm faster. The faster you swing your arm the harder you will hit the volleyball. The problem with this is as you start swinging your arm faster, you lose accuracy.

When learning to spike harder forgo some accuracy in order to practice generating power with your swing.

Focus on arm speed, then worry about accuracy.

It is important for young players to learn how to spike hard and then they can focus on getting it in later. Andre Agassi said, “I hit the ball as hard as I could, I found the court later.” Tiger Woods when talking about his younger days, “I hit the ball as hard as I could and found the fairway later.”*

Some Skills To Work On Your Swing Speed:

  1. Hit the ball against a wall.

Anywhere from the floor to the roof is fine for accuracy. Really see how fast you can swing your arm and how much power you can generate. The idea is to get comfortable with swinging your arm as fast as possible, so you can carry this technique into your spiking.

  1. Slam the door. ( Figuratively )

Power comes from torque, which is generated by the twisting motion of your torso as you hit the ball. Similar to the way you throw a baseball. Open your body ( “open the door” ) after your take off ( jump ) by pulling your hitting arm back at the elbow and opening up your shoulders. It should look like you are pulling/drawing an imaginary bow and arrow.

As you jump and draw back your hitting arm. You should look like you are getting ready to shoot a bow and arrow.

Then SLAM the door! Do this by swinging your hitting arm as fast as possible and hitting through the ball.

Element 4: Timing

Timing and ball awareness is a critical piece of volleyball.

When timing your jump aim to line up the ball with your hitting shoulder. This will allow you to hit either down the line, cross court or cut. If the ball is to the left or right of your shoulder it will reduce your options as you will be forced to hit in a certain direction.

In order to spike the ball with power the ball needs to be in front of your shoulder. If you jump and the ball is too far in front of you, then your hit will have power, but you will struggle to get the ball over the net. If the ball is too far behind you it will be easier to get the ball over the net, but you will struggle to generate power in your spike.

The trick is too time your jump for the ideal moment to strike the ball. Time your jump so you hit the ball when you are in the neutral phase of the jump – neither rising or falling.

How To Improve Your Volleyball Spiking

Element 5: The Follow Through

The follow through is incredibly important in generating power in a volleyball spike. Make sure you whip your arm through the ball for maximum power, only slowing down naturally by your waist. However make sure you do not hit the net with your hand or arm as this is not allowed.

Some More Tips To Improve Your Spiking

Hit Real Sets

In order to get your timing right and to be able to execute hard spikes in a game, you need to practice spiking real sets so you can learn to read the setter and the ball. The best drill for this is to hit off of a “dig, set, hit” drill rather than a toss or a machine. This works well if you have a team mate to practice with but if you are alone, then practice by setting for yourself and then spike the ball over the net. We learn things more effectively in a game like environment.

High Sets vs Low Sets

High sets are the some of the hardest to time and learn from. High sets give beginners more time to read the ball and get in position, but the ball comes down rapidly making it difficult to hit in the sweet spot.

Low sets have less falling speed which makes them easier to time, but players have less time to get in position.

Different people have different preferences, but it depends on how much higher or lower the set is compared to what you are used to.

Hitting Against The Wall

Hitting against a wall can be a great way to practice at home, but it can also develop a bad habit of hitting the ball into the net. i.e too low.

It is important to always practice hitting the ball over the net. Better yet, over a block. When hitting against a wall create a 7’4″ or a 8′ mark that you can practice hitting over. Remember to snap your wrist.

Whipping The Block

One way to do this is with your coach. Your coach will stand on a table or chair with a flat wooden board a couple of inches above the volleyball net. Practice jumping and hitting that board as if it were a ball. Practice hitting the “ball” down the line.

Another way to do this is to draw a square on a wall with chalk. It should be about 3 to 4 feet above your forehead. Without jumping, practice hitting a ball into this square.

Practice A Jump Serve.

A jump serve is a very similar motion to a spike. This will help you learn an over the net arm swing with a lot of power. You can learn to control the height of the set and the distance from you. Then you can take back that knowledge and muscle memory to your net spikes.

Play Doubles

Playing beach volleyball or just doubles in the gym is a great way to improve your volleyball game and your spikes. It is fun and you will get lots of playing and hitting time.

Practice Spiking In Different Directions

Practice hitting your spikes in multiple directions. Practice cuts, cross-court spikes and line spikes. Add roll shots into the mix. This won’t necessarily increase your power, but it will make you a better hitter and improve your ball skills which will translate back into better timing and positioning.

If you are looking for some more tools to help you with your spiking, check out our best spike trainers or read this post on the best volleyball drills to practice on your own.

*Paraphrased from https://usavolleyball.org/resource/how-can-i-spike-harder/

Best Volleyballs 2022

Best Volleyballs 2022

There are so many volleyballs to choose from so we thought we would help you choose by simplifying your options, showing you some great volleyball discounts available and break the options into an easy to decipher volleyball comparison grid.

There are however a few things you need to decide on before buying a volleyball. They are style, size, budget and potentially brand. If you need help deciding on which volleyball/s to buy you can find a quick break down of these 4 options at the bottom of this article: click here.

In this article we will showcase some great indoor and beach volleyballs as well as volleyballs for kids. If you would like to jump straight to a certain section please click on one of the buttons below.

The Three Most Popular Volleyballs On Amazon

Best For Beginners
Beach Volleyball
Indoor Volleyball
WILSON Soft Play Volleyball
WILSON OPTX AVP Official Beach Volleyball
Tachikara Sensi-Tec® Composite SV-5WSC Volleyball (EA)
WILSON Soft Play Volleyball
WILSON OPTX AVP Official Beach Volleyball
Tachikara Sensi-Tec® Composite SV-5WSC Volleyball (EA)
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WILSON Soft Play Volleyball
WILSON Soft Play Volleyball
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Beach Volleyball
WILSON OPTX AVP Official Beach Volleyball
WILSON OPTX AVP Official Beach Volleyball
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Indoor Volleyball
Tachikara Sensi-Tec® Composite SV-5WSC Volleyball (EA)
Tachikara Sensi-Tec® Composite SV-5WSC Volleyball (EA)

Some Of The Best Indoor Volleyballs

Below you will find some of our favourite indoor volleyballs. Make sure to click on the links to check the prices as Amazon does not always feed us the prices and discounts for all the volleyballs available.

Some Of The Best Outdoor Volleyballs

Two of the top 3 most popular volleyballs are also outdoor volleyballs so we haven’t included them in this list, but you cannot go wrong with either the Wilson Soft Play Volleyball or the Wilson AVP Official Beach Volleyball. Below are some other great beach and outdoor volleyballs we recommend.

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Great Kids Volleyballs

Are you looking for a good volleyball for kids? Check out some options below, or read our full review on the best kids indoor volleyballs.

We hope you found this post useful for finding the best volleyball for your needs. if you need more help choosing keep reading for some basic volleyball characteristics, or read one of our best volleyball reviews.

Volleyball Style:

The first thing you need to decide is whether you want an indoor or outdoor volleyball. In fact you could also choose from a pool volleyball or even a foot volleyball. The main two style of volleyball determine a few charateristics about the ball. Namely size, the materials the volleyball is made from and how the panels are glued or sewn together. This is as the two environments affect the balls in different ways. We won’t get into it too much in this post, but you can read about our best indoor volleyballs and our best outdoor/beach volleyballs in these two specialised posts.

Volleyball Size:

Volleyball sizes differ depending on where and by whom they are used by. The table below breaks down the difference below:

Volleyball TypeSize( inches )Weight ( ounces )PSI
Indoor Volleyball25.5 – 26.5 in9.2 – 9.9 ounces4.3 – 4.6 psi
Youth Volleyball25 – 26 in9.2 – 9.9 ounces4.3 psi
Outdoor Volleyball26 – 27 in9.2 – 9.9 ounces2.5 – 3.2 psi*
*Outdoor volleyballs tend to be slightly larger and softer than indoor volleyballs due to weather elements and how they affect play.

Budget:

It is important to keep budget in mind when buying a volleyball. Are you going to buy the best volleyball available to suit your needs, or are you going to go with the best volleyball within your budget. In general we have had success with going with the best available as we feel we end up saving money in the long run, however requirements for the ball need to be considered.

Brand:

You might have a favourite volleyball brand that you want to stick with and love. We think that’s great. Another consideration when choosing a volleyball is that different volleyballs tend to play slightly differently, so it is best to choose a volleyball that is similar or the same as you are going to be performing with, eg in tournaments or competitions.

What is the hardest skill in volleyball - blocking

What is the hardest skill in volleyball?

Blocking or volleying.

We are going to split this answer into two sections as we think there are two different answers depending on whether you are playing indoor volleyball or beach volleyball.

What is the hardest skill in indoor volleyball?

Blocking is one of the volleyball skills that takes the longest too perfect and has one of the steepest learning curves. Therefore it can be said to be the hardest or most difficult skill in indoor volleyball.

There are a lot of variables when it comes to blocking and how they interact with your blocking technique. These variables include:

  • Footwork
  • Timing
  • Hand position
  • Communication
  • Are you blocking with someone else?
  • Are you blocking alone?
  • Are you swing blocking?

An effective blocker is able to identify the technique required for a certain situation and then executing that technique effectively. It is also important to be able to read what the opposition setter and hitter are going to do in order to perform the right kind of block for the situation. This is why blocking is both a mental and physical challenge.

The other reason that blocking is difficult to learn is that it is the least taught skill in volleyball, especially in high school and at clubs.

Why don’t high school and club volleyball concentrate on teaching blocking skills?

In high school attackers tend to be shorter as they haven’t fully grown into their height yet. Blockers are also smaller and jumping high enough to block effectively can be a challenge. Due to this it is more effective to concentrate on the other basic volleyball skills rather than focusing on blocking.

Blocking isn’t always critical to have a good game of volleyball or to win a game of volleyball, so it is often a neglected skill.

The main reason blocking is such a difficult skill.

Timing.

Timing is everything in blocking. You need to understand when the setter will set the ball for the hitter, when and where the attacker will strike the ball and in what direction they may hit it. You need to time your jump and your arm/hand placement to intercept that strike. You need to know when to start moving your feet, when to jump and when to stretch out your hands. If you are too early or too late your block will not be effective and may leave a hole in you defence.

Timing is not an easy skill to learn, it requires knowledge, hand-eye coordination, balance, agility, reading of the game and talent.

Blocking is also one of the most difficult skills to practice on your own. One way to practice on your own is if your school or club has a volleyball attack machine that will let you simulate spikes in order to block.

If you want to be a great blocker devote time and energy to master it.

What is the hardest skill in beach volleyball?

We believe that volleying is the hardest skill to learn in beach volleyball. This is as the rules of beach volleyball are a lot stricter when it comes to ball faults and volleying in beach volleyball than for indoor volleyball.

The FIVB Beach Volleyball Rules For Volleying State:

9.3.3 CATCH: the ball is caught and/or thrown; it does not rebound from the hit. (Exceptions 9.2.2.1, 9.2.2.2).

9.3.4 DOUBLE CONTACT: a player hits the ball twice in succession or the ball contacts various parts of his/her body in succession

Both of these rules can cause a player to be called for a ball fault when volleying in beach volleyball.

  1. A catch – If a player is determined to hold on to the ball for too long during a volley it is ruled a catch and the point is lost.
  2. If the player touches the ball twice during the volley it is ruled as a “double”. This is very easy to do as during a volley, the player uses two separated hands making it extremely easy to result in two separate touches.

Beach volleyball referees are much stricter when it comes to double contacts during a volley. Lots of people refer to the ball spinning as the cause of a double, however this is not true. Spin is an indicator of a double touch, but not a certainty.

Because of this many beginner and intermediate volleyball players are taught to dig set in order to avoid ball faults during setting.

This video of AVP Referee John King answers the question extremely clearly.

Fault for double contact: As explained in the video spin is a common symptom of double contacts, but not a guarantee. You can be faulted for double contact while setting as you receive the ball, yet still release a clean no-spin perfect ball. This is still considered a double contact fault. Tt’s not just the release but also the initial first contact with each hand that counts. (a lot of people refer to this as a “catch”). *

The exception to these rules is during a hard driven ball. Then the ball contact can be extended momentarily even if an overhand finger action is used. Referee John King refers to this as well.

This can be found in the official FIVB rules – Point 9.2.2.4

References:

*This video and explanation was found in this reddit thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/volleyball/comments/3kznt5/can_someone_help_me_find_the_rule_about_spin_on/

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women

Having a sturdy base is essential in performing skills well and not getting injured during games or practice, that why your volleyball shoes are one of the most important pieces of equipment for your indoor volleyball career. Having a good pair of volleyball shoes that fits the needs of the sport is critical to playing well and improving.

We have split this post by the shoes best for certain positions, namely all rounders, offence and defence.

Our Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women Summary and Quick List

For a quick list of our best mens volleyball shoes click below:

  1. ASICS Women’s Netburner Ballistic FF Volleyball Shoes
  2. ASICS Women’s Gel-Rocket 9 Volleyball Shoes – #1 Best Seller
  3. Mizuno Women’s Wave Lightning Z6 Volleyball Shoe
  4. ASICS Upcourt 3 Women’s Volleyball Shoes – Best For Those On A Budget
  5. adidas Originals Women’s Crazyflight Bounce 2
  6. Mizuno Women’s Wave Momentum Volleyball Shoe – Best For Liberos & Comfort
  7. Nike Womens Zoom Hyperace 2 Volleyball Shoe
  8. ASICS Women’s Sky Elite FF MT Court Shoes – Great For Hitters
  9. Mizuno Women’s Wave Tornado X Volleyball Shoe – Great For Hitters
  10. Nike Women’s React Hyperset Volleyball Shoes – Super Speed Attack

Best All Round Volleyball Shoes

ASICS Women’s Netburner Ballistic FF Volleyball Shoes

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women - ASICS

The ASICS Women’s Netburner Ballistic FF Volleyball Shoes are fantastic for both the all rounder or a defensive player. The shoes are made to be flexible and offers great durability. It has ridges of polyurethane rubber over the toes for added protection while improving flexibility in the forefoot. This shoe offers great support. Its supportive internal heel counter helps deliver a locked-in feel to inspire confidence when making abrupt cuts on the court.

Its mid-sole delivers a bouncy cushioned underfoot feel that is designed for stability, speed and agility.

The Netburner Ballistic FF also has a deeper flex grooves in the outsole to increase traction and flexibility on the court.

Colors Include: White/Black, Black/Sunrise Red, White/Silver, Pixel Pink/Silver, Black/Laser Pink, Black/Pur Silver, White/Rose Gold

ASICS Women’s Gel-Rocket 9 Volleyball Shoes – #1 Best Seller

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women ASICS GEL

One of the best volleyball shoe options is the ASICS Women’s Gel-Rocket 9 Volleyball Shoes. They are very popular and recommended by most players and websites, often winning the category.

This shoe has fantastic on court traction and is super shock absorbent, the reason for this is its cushioned and folded EVA mid-sole.

As with all Asics shoes they are renowned for their rear cushioning which helps with landings and take offs. The ASICS Women’s Gel-Rocket is one of Asics more light weight shoes which helps with foot fatigue. This shoe also has an outsole specifically designed for rapid direction changes and grip.

Sizes 5 -14

Advantages: Great Traction, Shock Absorption, Breathable – Great Value

Disadvantages: No wide sizes and the sizes run small.

The ASICS Women’s Gel-Rocket 9 was very popular in 2021, but there is limited availability now, so we suggest going with the ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket 10s.

Mizuno Women’s Wave Lightning Z6 Volleyball Shoe

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women - Mizuno Wave Tech

The Mizuno Women’s Wave Lightning Z6 Volleyball Shoe is the follow on from the Z3. This is another great all rounder and defensive shoe, it is so popular because of its extremely comfortable cushioning. Mizuno’s tech called Parallel Wave is designed to disperse shock throughout the sole of the shoe instead of being focused in one area.

The shoe also allows for great movement through its 360° DynamotionFit upper. This lets you change direction quickly enhancing your game. Nylon Mizuno Wave technology in the midsole offers high speeds and dynamic cushioning for smooth transitions between offensive and defensive positions.

This shoe fits most players feet excellently which helps reducing the stress put on the feet. Like its Asics counter part this shoe is also very light weight which is great for volleyball.

We also think this shoe looks great, with some nice colorways: Black/Silver, Grey, White, White/Black, Black-red, Black-royal, White-navy and Stars & Stripes

Colors: Blacksilver, Grey, White, White Navy, White Red, White/Black

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women - Mizuno
Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women

ASICS Upcourt 3 Women’s Volleyball Shoes- Best For Those On A Budget

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women ASCIS BEST ON A. BUDGET

This shoe is the best in our list if you are on a budget and looking for great value for money. Its great for beginners, just trying out volleyball, or those growing quickly and might need new shoes often. Due to their cheaper price they are less doable than the other options in this list, but these are designed for those not going to be using them four to fie times a week.

Colors: Black/White, White/Pure Gold, White/Pixel Pink

adidas Originals Women’s Crazyflight Bounce 2

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women - Adidas

If you are looking for both style and comfort on the volleyball court then the adidas Originals Women’s Crazyflight Bounce 2 is for you. Other than its stylish looks and always cool adidas branding, this shoes biggest strength is its comfort. Its lightweight mesh upper and advanced bounce cushioning system ensure a super comfy ride. Its design is made for fast agile movements and top quality shock absorption. its very popular with players in the front row.

The sizes run a bit small, so its a good idea to try a half a size up.

Colors: Black/Silver Metallic/White, White/Silver Metallic/Grey, White/Clear Mint/Clear Mint

Best Defensive Volleyball Shoes

When looking for the best shoes for liberos it is important to have good flexibility, comfort and durability.

Mizuno Women’s Wave Momentum Volleyball Shoe – Best For Liberos & Comfort

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women - Mizuno Momentum

The Wave Momentum is infused with MIZUNO ENERZY technology to provide volleyball players with more comfort. It also has great rear foot shock absorption and foot stability. This shoe’s newly integrated eyestay structure sees to it that there are no pressure points when flexing. These features make it great for defensive positions in the back row and liberos. This shoe is also great for people with flatter feet.

The Wave Momentum’s lightweight body has a great fit around the foot which helps with movement, reduced injury and comfort. This shoe features a bootie-constructed upper made from its non-sew material.

Pros:

  • Well-fitted
  • Lightweight
  • Goog support
  • Great Grip and Ankle Support
  • Good Price

Cons:

  • Limited color choices.

Nike Womens Zoom Hyperace 2 Volleyball Shoe

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women - Nike

This shoe is very flexible and allows great movement on the court which is perfect for liberos who need to get low for diggs and defensive plays. It helps you stay light and fast on your feet and is very breathable and has great cushioning.

This shoe also looks great.

Best Offensive Volleyball Shoes

ASICS Women’s Sky Elite FF MT Court Shoesball Shoes

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women

The ASICS Women’s Sky Elite FF MT Court Shoes are an excellent pair of volleyball shoes for offensive players looking for an aggressive and innovative volleyball shoe. This shoe is designed to help you experience more powerful jumps taking your game to new heights, literally. It is specifically created with the attacker in mind.

The ASICS Men’s Sky Elite FF 2 Volleyball Shoes help reduce energy loss when setting up a spike. The curved heel design allows you to smoothly cut towards the net by creating an easier forward transition.

The shoes mid-sole is designed to increase jumping force by working with a wider lateral forefoot. This shoe also helps with stability while decreasing jump force loss. This shoe also has a thicker mid-sole for more cushioning.

Mizuno Women’s Wave Tornado X Volleyball Shoes

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This shoe is one of the best for hitters and blockers. These positions require aggressive movements which include jumping, landing and quick direction changes. Shoes for these positions need fantastic cushioning and shock absorption for landing. You also want a light shoe to help with jumping. The Mizuno Women’s Wave Tornado X Volleyball Shoe ticks all these boxes.

This shoes offers stability, durability and great cushioning which generates sky high jumps for spikes and blocks.

Colors: Black/Neon Yellow, Black/Purple, Grey/Safety Yellow, Black/Silver

Nike Women’s React Hyperset Volleyball Shoes

Top 10 Volleyball Shoes For Women Nike

The Nike Women’s React Hyperset Volleyball Shoes is made for full speed attack. Stop on a dime, jump high and land soft. The lateral strap and flywure cables ensure a snug stable fit.

This shoe has great cushioning and feels supper soft and springy underfoot. Its is lightweight perfect for speed and jumping.

Sizes: 5 – 13

Colors: White/University Red-gum Light Brown, Black & White, White & Black, White/Blue Void-gum

Things to consider when buying the best volleyball shoes for you:

How Are Volleyball Shoes Different From Other Shoes?


Volleyball players are constantly moving both laterally and vertically. In order to create the best shoe for this manufacturers need to consider how this affects the three sections of a shoe – the rubber sole, the mid sole and the upper wrapping section. A good volleyball shoe needs excellent grip, protective cushioning and lateral stability.

The Rubber Sole: Volleyball players want to have great traction on the court and a solid footing from which to jump and change direction. Volleyball soles also need to be non marking, so it doesnt mark the indoor courts – This is similar for tennis and squash.

Mid-sole: A shoes mid-sole supports the ball of the foot. A good mid-sole is important for quick movements and jumps that volleyball players specialise in. This is usually made up of a number of materials including gel, foam and air cushions. A good mid-sole needs top be flexible but strong for the best support.

Upper wrapping: Here you want the material to be lightweight and breathable to reduce moisture and keep the foot cool.

How Long Should A Pair Of Volleyball Shoes Last?

This depends on how often you play volleyball and how seriously. One pair of shoes should typically last a full season if you are playing in them 4 – 5 times a week. Sings that your shoe needs to be replaced can be, loss of traction on the sole or loosing of the ankle support.
For younger players they may grow out of their shoes before the shoes age from overuse.

Do Volleyball Shoes Differ By Volleyball Position?

Each volleyball position brings something different to the court, so it is important to have a volleyball shoe that fits your style of play and position. You may be a defensive player needing to get low, but also be able to jump high and block, you may be a fast jumping, speedy and powerful attacker or a flexible, and agile libero.

Defensive Shoes:
Shoes designed for defensive players require a firm footing for defence, setting and deep-digging liberos. If you play in the back row, quick reactions and know how need to be backed up by a show that allows for quick direction changes, and stability even at full stretch.

These shoes need:

Stability
A high-grip outsole for fast changes
A low profile for speed and comforrt
Shock absorption for landings and take offs

Attacking Position Shoes:

When in the front row your shoes need:

Great cushioning for jumping and landing
Lightweight material to help you jump higher
Excellent fit for stability
Great traction for agility and quick movement without slipping.

How Should A Volleyball Shoe Fit?

A volleyball shoe needs to fit snuggly and be able to move with the players foot. A good measure is to allow a fingers width or less between the tip of the toe and the shoe, as with most activity based shoes.

Should I Wear My Volleyball Shoes Outside?

Its best to only wear your volleyball shoes on the court/gym floor. You shouldn’t wear them for everyday use as this will increase the wear and tear on your sales meaning they won’t last as long. Especially when walking on harder surfaces like tar or concrete.

Best Mens Volleyball Shoes Top 9

Top 8 Volleyball Shoes For Men

A critical piece of indoor volleyball equipment are your volleyball shoes. Having a strong base is essential in performing skills well and not getting injured during games or practice. Having a pair of volleyball shoes that fits the needs of the sport is critical to playing well and improving.

We have split this post by the shoes best for certain positions, namely all rounders, offence and defence.

Our Top 8 Volleyball Shoes For Men Summary and Quick List

For a quick list of our best mens volleyball shoes click below:

  1. ASICS Men’s Netburner Ballistic FF Volleyball Shoes
  2. ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket 10 Indoor Court Shoes – Best All Round Shoe
  3. Mizuno Men’s Wave Lightning Z5 Volleyball Shoes
  4. ASICS Men’s Upcourt 4 Court Shoes – Best For Those On A Budget
  5. Mizuno Men’s Wave Momentum Indoor Volleyball Shoe – Best For Liberos & Comfort
  6. Nike Men’s Lebron Witness III PRM Basketball – Most Flexible
  7. ASICS Men’s Sky Elite FF 2 Volleyball Shoes – Great For Hitters
  8. Mizuno Men’s Wave Tornado X2 Mid Volleyball Shoes – Great For Hitters

Best All Round Volleyball Shoes

ASICS Men’s Netburner Ballistic FF MT Volleyball Shoes

Top 8 Volleyball Shoes For Men

The ASICS Men’s Netburner Ballistic FF Volleyball Shoes are fantastic for both the all rounder or a defensive player. The shoes is made to be flexible and offers great durability. It has ridges of polyurethane rubber over the toes for added protection while improving flexibility in the forefoot. This shoe offers great support. Its supportive internal heel counter helps deliver a locked-in feel to inspire confidence when making abrupt cuts on the court.

Its mid-sole delivers a bouncy cushioned underfoot feel that is designed for stability, speed and agility.

The Netburner Ballistic FF also has a deeper flex grooves in the outsole to increase traction and flexibility on the court.

Colors Include: Black/Sour Yuzu, Black/Carrier Grey, White/Gun Metal Grey, Black/Black, Race Blue/Silver, Black/Sunrise Red, Black/White and Yellow/Black.

ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket Indoor Court Shoes – Best All Round Shoe

Top 8 Volleyball Shoes For Men - Assics GEL-Rocket

One of the best volleyball shoe options is the ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket Indoor Court Shoes. They are very popular and recommended by most players and websites, often winning the category.

This shoe has fantastic on court traction and is super shock absorbent, the reason for this is its cushioned and folded EVA mid-sole.

As with all Asics shoes they are renowned for their rear cushioning which helps with landings and take offs. The ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket is one of Asics more light weight shoes which helps with foot fatigue. This shoe also has an outsole specifically designed for rapid direction changes and grip.

Sizes 6 -15

Advantages: Great Traction, Shock Absorption, Breathable – Great Value

Disadvantages: No wide sizes and the sizes run small.

The ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket 9 was very popular in 021, but there is limited availability now, so we suggest going with the ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket 10s.

Mizuno Men’s Wave Lightning Z5

Top 8 Volleyball Shoes For Men - Mizuno

The Mizuno Men’s Wave Lightning Z5 volleyball shoe is the follow on from the Z3. This is another great all rounder and defensive shoe, it is so popular because of its extremely comfortable cushioning. Mizuno’s tech called Parallel Wave is designed to disperse shock throughout the sole of the shoe instead of being focused in one area.

The shoe also allows for great movement through its 360° DynamotionFit upper. This lets you change direction quickly enhancing your game. Nylon Mizuno Wave technology in the midsole offers high speeds and dynamic cushioning for smooth transitions between offensive and defensive positions.

This shoe fits most players feet excellently which helps reducing the stress put on the feet. Like its Asics counter part this shoe is also very light weight which is great for volleyball.

We also think this shoe looks great, with some nice colorways: Black/Silver, Grey, White, White/Black, Black-red, Black-royal, White-navy and Stars & Stripes

ASICS Men’s Upcourt 4 Court Shoes – Best For Those On A Budget

Top 8 Volleyball Shoes For Men - ASICS Upcourt Best Value

This shoe is the best in our list if you are on a budget and looking for great value for money. Its great for beginners, just trying out volleyball, or those growing quickly and might need new shoes often. Due to their cheaper price they are less doable than the other options in this list, but these are designed for those not going to be using them four to fie times a week.

Best Defensive Volleyball Shoes

When looking for the best shoes for liberos it is important to have good flexibility, comfort and durability.

Mizuno Men’s Wave Momentum Indoor Volleyball Shoe – Best For Liberos & Comfort

Top 8 Volleyball Shoes For Men Mizuno Defence

The Wave Momentum is infused with MIZUNO ENERZY technology to provide volleyball players with more comfort. It also has great rear foot shock absorption and foot stability. This shoe’s newly integrated eyestay structure sees to it that there are no pressure points when flexing. These features make it great for defensive positions in the back row and liberos. This shoe is also great for people with flatter feet.

The Wave Momentum’s lightweight body has a great fit around the foot which helps with movement, reduced injury and comfort. This shoe features a bootie-constructed upper made from its non-sew material.

Pros:

  • Well-fitted
  • Lightweight
  • Goog support
  • Great Grip and Ankle Support
  • Good Price

Cons:

  • Limited color choices.
Top 8 Volleyball Shoes For Men Wave Momentum

Nike Men’s Lebron Witness III PRM Basketball – Most Flexible

Top 8 Volleyball Shoes For Men Nike

All lot of mens indoor court shoes are labeled for basketball, but work great for volleyball as well due to similar court surfaces and movements. The Nike Men’s Lebron Witness III PRM Basketball shoe is one of these shoes that works great for both volleyball and basket ball. This shoe is a little on the heavier side but offers great traction and flexibility. Dues to its slightly heaver weight it is good for defensive positions and liberos who don’t have to jump as much.

This shoe also looks great.

Best Offensive Volleyball Shoes

ASICS Men’s Sky Elite FF 2 Volleyball Shoes

Top 8 Volleyball Shoes For Men - Sky Elite

The ASICS Men’s Sky Elite FF 2 Volleyball Shoes are an excellent pair of volleyball shoes for offensive players looking for an aggressive and innovative volleyball shoe. This shoe is designed to help you experience more powerful jumps taking your game to new heights, literally. It is specifically created with the attacker in mind.

The ASICS Men’s Sky Elite FF 2 Volleyball Shoes help reduce energy loss when setting up a spike. The curved heel design allows you to smoothly cut towards the net by creating an easier forward transition.

The shoes mid-sole is designed to increase jumping force by working with a wider lateral forefoot. This shoe also helps with stability while decreasing jump force loss. This shoe also has a thicker mid-sole for more cushioning.

Mizuno Men’s Wave Tornado X2 Mid Volleyball Shoes

This shoe is one of the best for hitters and blockers. These positions require aggressive movements which include jumping, landing and quick direction changes. Shoes for these positions need fantastic cushioning and shock absorption for landing. You also want a light shoe to help with jumping. The Mizuno Women’s Wave Tornado X Volleyball Shoe ticks all these boxes.

This shoes offers stability, durability and great cushioning which generates sky high jumps for spikes and blocks.

Things to consider when buying the best volleyball shoes for you:

How Are Volleyball Shoes Different From Other Shoes?


Volleyball players are constantly moving both laterally and vertically. In order to create the best shoe for this manufacturers need to consider how this affects the three sections of a shoe – the rubber sole, the mid sole and the upper wrapping section. A good volleyball shoe needs excellent grip, protective cushioning and lateral stability.

The Rubber Sole: Volleyball players want to have great traction on the court and a solid footing from which to jump and change direction. Volleyball soles also need to be non marking, so it doesnt mark the indoor courts – This is similar for tennis and squash.

Mid-sole: A shoes mid-sole supports the ball of the foot. A good mid-sole is important for quick movements and jumps that volleyball players specialise in. This is usually made up of a number of materials including gel, foam and air cushions. A good mid-sole needs top be flexible but strong for the best support.

Upper wrapping: Here you want the material to be lightweight and breathable to reduce moisture and keep the foot cool.

How Long Should A Pair Of Volleyball Shoes Last?

This depends on how often you play volleyball and how seriously. One pair of shoes should typically last a full season if you are playing in them 4 – 5 times a week. Sings that your shoe needs to be replaced can be, loss of traction on the sole or loosing of the ankle support.
For younger players they may grow out of their shoes before the shoes age from overuse.

Do Volleyball Shoes Differ By Volleyball Position?

Each volleyball position brings something different to the court, so it is important to have a volleyball shoe that fits your style of play and position. You may be a defensive player needing to get low, but also be able to jump high and block, you may be a fast jumping, speedy and powerful attacker or a flexible, and agile libero.

Defensive Shoes:
Shoes designed for defensive players require a firm footing for defence, setting and deep-digging liberos. If you play in the back row, quick reactions and know how need to be backed up by a show that allows for quick direction changes, and stability even at full stretch.

These shoes need:

Stability
A high-grip outsole for fast changes
A low profile for speed and comforrt
Shock absorption for landings and take offs

Attacking Position Shoes:

When in the front row your shoes need:

Great cushioning for jumping and landing
Lightweight material to help you jump higher
Excellent fit for stability
Great traction for agility and quick movement without slipping.

How Should A Volleyball Shoe Fit?

A volleyball shoe needs to fit snuggly and be able to move with the players foot. A good measure is to allow a fingers width or less between the tip of the toe and the shoe, as with most activity based shoes.

Should I Wear My Volleyball Shoes Outside?

Its best to only wear your volleyball shoes on the court/gym floor. You shouldn’t wear them for everyday use as this will increase the wear and tear on your sales meaning they won’t last as long. Especially when walking on harder surfaces like tar or concrete.

Top 5 Best Indoor Volleyballs For Kids

Our Best Indoor Volleyballs For Kids & Young Players

After breaking down the best indoor volleyballs available in the market we thought it was important to also breakdown the best indoor volleyballs for kids and young players.

Below we outline our top 5 choices. Enjoy.

  1. Tachikara SV-MNC Volley-Lite

If you’re looking for a great indoor volleyball for your kids or young athletes just starting out, the Tachikara SV-MN Volley-Lite is the perfect beginner volleyball. It is especially constructed and designed for 12 and under volleyball players. The truth is, professional players all started as amateurs. It takes dedication, hard work, practice, a great deal of time commitment and an excellent ball to develop good skills. And the Tachikara SV-MN Volley-Lite is undoubtedly one of the best indoor volleyballs for young players to practice and perfect their skills. It is made up of a Sensi-Tec micro fibre composite leather cover that provides a softer touch. The softer touch and lighter weight of the Tachikara SV-MN Volley-Lite helps young players develop their skills with less impact. Plus, it is available in 11 different colour combinations. This will definitely get the youngsters excited!

The Tachikara SV-MNC Volley-Lite comes in a variety of cool colours:

Here are some great customer reviews for the Tachikara SV-MN Volley-Lite:

  • “Finally a volleyball my 7-year old can really enjoy! I absolutely love this ball. I have tried several different balls, including a Wilson Soft Play and they were just too heavy and hurt my daughter’s arms. This ball is amazing! It’s light, there is no sting when it hits your arms, and it has the feel of a regulation volleyball. I highly suggest this volleyball for kids and even adult beginners that don’t like heaviness and sting of other volleyballs”
  • “The Tachikara Volley-Lite is perfect for little players. The Tachikara Volley-Lite was recommended to me by my son’s volleyball coach for its weight and qualityThe ball arrived quickly, in perfect condition, and had all the features we were hoping for- great quality, nice feel, good stitching, and the light weight that is so perfect for our little players. If you’re looking for a quality ball, order with confidence! We love ours.”
  • “This is our favourite volleyball EVER! Yes, it’s lighter than the official volleyball so we can’t use it in official games, but our kids LOVE playing with it. No stingers and it’s so much easier for them to get a successful hit.”
  • “I didn’t even know these existed! It’s the best volleyball for beginners. Their forearms don’t hurt when they volley so it doesn’t discourage them from wanting to get the ball. My daughter loves it & the colour is easy to find when there’s a gym full of volleyballs.”
  • “Prior volleyballs hurt my daughter’s arms when she was bumping during practice. This ball remedied that situation. Soft & easy on the arms. Great for beginners. Highly recommend.”
  1. Molten MS240-3 Light Touch Volleyball

The Molten MS240-3 Light Touch Volleyball is another great option for kids and young volleyball players aged 12 and under. Besides its ultra-soft polyurethane cover and light weight (which is perfect for younger players) the Molten MS240-3 Light Touch Volleyball is dual-purpose. Making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor beach volleyball play. This gives young players the opportunity to try out and experience both volleyball variations and find their passion in the one they love most. The ultra-soft cushioned polyurethane cover of the Molten MS240-3 Light Touch Volleyball provides a super soft touch. This enables young athletes to play comfortably without enduring any injuries. All while providing the necessary durability needed to withstand play in any environment. The Molten MS240-3 Light Touch Volleyball is available in 4 fun colour combinations. 

*Insider tip: For optimal performance, additional inflation may be required

Here are some great Amazon customer reviews for the Molten MS240-3 Light Touch Volleyball:

  • “Best in the market for a beginner child. I bought this to be an introduction ball to my children. One that wouldn’t hurt as bad and not be as heavy for them to get over a high net. I tried 7 other balls that claimed to do this. All failed at this except this one. All had extra padding but still hurt except this one. Most were too close to same size and weight as an adult pro ball.”
  • “I got this for my 9-year old for her first season of volleyball. She loves the colour and the fact that this ball doesn’t hurt like the others is a bonus. She plays with it often and so far the seams do not show any pulling or separating.”
  1. Molten VBU12 Light Volleyball

As the Official Volleyball of USA Volleyball and USYVL Approved, Molten’s VBU12 Youth Light Volleyball is a great ball for young players that see a future in the sport of indoor volleyball. This amazing youth indoor volleyball is made up of a soft micro-fibre composite cover. Its uni-bladder cotton wrapped construction combined with its light weight provides players with a soft touch. The soft-touch feature of the Molten VBU12 Youth Light Volleyball gives young players the opportunity to practice and maximise their skills and overall performance without being afraid of the hard bite of a heavier ball. Molten’s VBU12 Volleyball Series is intended for players aged 12 and under and is available in a variety of exciting colours.

Here are some great Amazon customer reviews for the Molten VBU12 Light Volleyball:

  • “Just as advertised. My daughter & her teammates loved this ball more than my other balls. Nice & soft!”
  • “My 8-year-old daughter loved this volleyball she received for Christmas last year. This year (a year later) the ball is still in great shape even after some outdoor use. She loved the pink colour.”
  • That said, these are far FAR FAR superior to other brand volleyballs. It’s the only ball the club teams play with. If the clubs use them… then they must be doing something right!”
  1. Baden Lexum Composite Game Volleyball

The Baden Lexum Composite Game Volleyball is one of the best indoor volleyballs for young athletes and up and coming indoor volleyball players. Boasting a high durability, the Baden Lexum Composite Game Volleyball is built to last. The Lexum features a cotton-wrapped butyl bladder that ensures optimal shape retention and longevity. While at the same time allowing for optimum performance and air retention throughout play or practice.

By far one of the best features of the Lexum Composite Game Volleyball for young players is its soft touch feel. This means every young player’s arms and wrists are spared from the force as a result of the exceptionally plush microfiber cover. The long-lasting, soft cover of the ball perfectly pairs with ideal tack for slip-free play. The Baden Lexum Composite Game Volleyball also features a sting-free valve. By minimizing and softening the valve system, players are guaranteed the same soft feel every time they hit any part of the ball.

The Lexum’s wide variety of fun and creative colour combinations and patterns enables young players to easily pick up on the spin and follow the ball during flight. Plus, they can have some fun choosing the perfect colour that best suits them. 

Top 5 Best Indoor Volleyballs For Kids Colors Baden Lexum Composite Game Volleyball

Here are some great Amazon customer reviews for the Baden Lexum Composite Game Volleyball:

  • “My daughter loves this volleyball! This volleyball was well made and was soft on the arms (compared to other volleyballs.) We’ve used it for about half a year and it has held up wonderfully! Would recommend for players at any skill level.”
  • “This ball was perfect for my middle school daughter. It held up well through the season and had a soft touch. Very happy with this ball.”

It is vital for young indoor volleyball players to have the right ball during both practice and play. The ball you play with can affect your entire game and can often make or break a player. Playing with the right ball further aids in superior indoor volleyball performance and exceptional skill development.

So, get the best indoor volleyball ball possible so that you can really showcase your talent, skill and hard work as well as increase your level of fun and enjoyment throughout the game. 

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Top 5 Best Indoor Volleyballs

Top 5 Best Indoor Volleyballs

If you’re a passionate indoor volleyball player, you know that there are certain factors that are integral to the game. One of them being the volleyball ball itself. Mastering volleyball is highly dependent on the type and quality of the ball you use during both practice and play. As the age old saying goes, if you want to be the best, you must play with the best. In volleyball, that means you need the best ball.

Significant time and effort has been invested into producing the best indoor volleyballs for players of all experience levels.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF INDOOR VOLLEYBALL BALLS

How are indoor volleyballs different to the best beach volleyballs? In volleyball your location makes a major difference (indoor vs outdoor). The playing surface and environmental factors have a big impact on the ball you use as well as how the ball reacts. Simply put, what works indoors in the gym in terms of the ball, does not work outdoors and on the beach. Each environment requires a ball that is specifically designed to accommodate and withstand the elements it faces. 

Here are some characteristics that are important in an indoor volleyball:

There are two different styles when it comes to indoor volleyballs, namely youth and adult volleyballs. We’ll have a look at both.

Size:

Standard indoor volleyball balls are slightly smaller than outdoor beach volleyball balls. Indoor youth volleyballs are also smaller than indoor adult volleyballs. Youth volleyball players must be able to palm the ball and force it over the net. Having a slightly smaller size, with a lower psi, helps them in executing the action effectively.

  • Youth Volleyball balls: 63 to 65-centimeters or 25 to 26-inches in circumference.
  • Adult Volleyball balls: 65 to 67-centimeters or 25.5 to 26.5-inches in circumference.

 

Weight:

The weight of indoor and outdoor volleyballs are pretty much the same. As well as the weight of both indoor youth volleyballs and indoor adult volleyballs. Having a light-weight ball improves the ball’s ease of movement during a high-energy game where timing is critical. Especially as indoor volleyball is typically a fast-paced game fuelled by speed and power.

  • Youth Volleyball balls: They weigh 2 to 9.9 ounces, or 260-280-grams.
  • Adult Volleyball balls: They weigh 2 to 9.9-ounces or 260 to 280-grams. 

 

Hardness of the ball:

Indoor volleyball balls are harder than outdoor beach volleyballs. The internal pressure/psi of an indoor volleyball ball is higher than that of a beach volleyball. As the court in indoor volleyball is made of a much harder surface, the ball warrants a higher psi in order to accommodate it. The game of indoor volleyball is a game of power, the heavier the ball, the quicker it moves and the harder it can be hit. Making for thrilling game play and optimal player performance.

  • Youth Volleyball balls: Internal pressure of these balls are set at 4.3 psi or 0.30-kgf-per-centimeter-squared.
  • Adult Volleyball balls: They have a psi of 4.3 to 4.6, or 0.3 to 0.325-kgf-per-centimeter-squared.

 

Material:

Most indoor volleyball balls are made from leather. This is because leather is highly durable and can withstand the intense striking that the ball endures during practice and play. Beach volleyballs are usually made from composite materials. However, sometimes beach volleyballs can have leather mixed in to make them more water-resistant.

Another major difference between the balls is that indoor volleyball balls are moulded. Outdoor beach volleyballs are usually separate panels that are stitched together. Indoor volleyballs also consist of panels that are glued to an inner lining. This gives the seams a smooth appearance. The smooth features of an indoor ball have a variety of benefits. It makes the ball more consistent during play (which greatly influences how the game as a whole is played), as well as makes it more suitable for indoor use as there are no environmental elements for the ball the contend with in a controlled indoor setting.

If you are an avid volleyball player, be it indoor or beach volleyball, it is extremely important to practice and play with the right equipment. Especially with the right volleyball ball that is specifically designed and constructed for your setting and type of play. Playing or practising with the wrong ball can significantly affect your enjoyment and performance. A great indoor volleyball is designed and engineered in such a way as to enable maximum performance and optimal skill execution.

The Following Are Our 5 Best Indoor Volleyballs:

1. Tachikara Sensi-Tec Composite SV-5WSC Volleyball – Winner

The Tachikara Sensi-Tec Composite SV-5WSC is one of the top balls for indoor volleyball. Tachikara has long been a world leader in advanced manufacturing methods and innovative materials for athletic balls. Considered the top choice for many professional indoor volleyball leagues across the world, the Tachikara Sensi-Tec Composite SV-5WSC Volleyball is a highly durable, high performance, competition-grade indoor volleyball. It is made with a microfiber and leather composite cover that consists of fibres fused with resin. The resin-fused fibres significantly enhance the touch control of the ball during play by providing a softer touch and better feel. This top-of-the-line indoor volleyball also boasts a patented loose bladder system for excellent responsiveness and improved ball flight. The innovative material and superior construction of the Tachikara Sensi-Tec Composite SV-5WSC Volleyball is thus known to deliver unmatched playability. This ball is suitable for all ages and level of indoor volleyball play.

This ball has fantastic reviews for the Tachikara Sensi-Tec Composite SV-5WSC Volleyball:

“My favourite volleyball for indoor competition. I am a volleyball addict and I play 2 to 3 times a week. I own about 10 different volleyballs for different occasions such as indoor recreation/competition, outdoor sand/grass, pool volleyball, volley tennis, and for coaching children. The texture of this volleyball is soft and feels amazing when setting, bumping, and spiking. It really differentiates and sets apart from SV-18S, which is Tachikara’s lower end ball for recreational volleyball. This is the best ball for serious, competitive indoor volleyball. 5 out of 5 stars!”

The Tachikara Sensi-Tec Composite SV-5WSC Volleyball comes in 39 different colors:

2. Mikasa MVA200

Mikasa MVA200 - Best Indoor Volleyball

The Mikasa MVA200 is an official volleyball used by the International Volleyball Federation and is one of the top balls used in a variety of world-wide volleyball competitions. The Mikasa MVA200 was also the official ball of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Making the Mikasa MVA200 one of the best indoor volleyballs available to players and coaches. Its state-of-the-art and detailed design will provide players with a definite difference in dexterity and control they won’t find in other indoor volleyballs. The Mikasa MVA200 consists of an 8-panel design that allows for improved hand contact, greater accuracy and a better feel of the ball.

This top indoor volleyball has special aerodynamic dimples positioned throughout the outer body of the ball. These aerodynamic dimples greatly improve the ball’s handling ability and creates a truer flight pattern for maximum top spin. It also makes float serves much harder to pass. If that isn’t enough, the Mikasa MVA200 boasts a highly engineered design that plays perfectly to the stability and control of the ball when in high-intensity gameplay. This is particularly beneficial to top level and professional indoor volleyball players. The Mikasa MVA200 in particular has an exclusive micro-fibre covering that boasts a soft and a nylon centre. This further elevates a player’s game play and takes their performance to the next level.

If the MVA200 is out of stock, then consider the the Mikasa V200W – The V200W features a perfectly balanced, 18-panel aerodynamic design that improves ball movement and gives players greater control.

Mikasa V200W Indoor Volleyball - Best Indoor Volleyball

3. Molten FLISTATEC 5000 Volleyball

Another one of the best indoor volleyballs is the Molten FLISTATEC 5000 Volleyball. This high-performance indoor volleyball is the official ball of the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championships. The Molten FLIPSTATEC 5000 is also the official volleyball of USA Volleyball and is FIBA approved. Making it the ultimate choice for numerous collegiate conferences and programs across the world. It is thus one of the top indoor volleyballs to take your game to the next level.

The Molten FLIPSTATEC 5000 consists of a premium micro-fibre composite cover. Its premium structure and design allow for increased visibility, enhanced flight stability, outstanding ball control and enhanced grip. One of the main factors that sets the Molten FLIPSTATEC 5000 apart, is that it is built with the ability to maximize its surrounding air-current when in flight. By optimizing the air-current around the ball, Molten’s FLISTATEC Flight Stability Technology provides athletes with the control and consistency that they demand with every contact during play. With the Molten FLIPSTATEC 5000 Volleyball you can expect exceptional player performance and more accurate overhand passing and sets. And that’s merely scratching the surface of what it has to offer. It certainly makes sense why the this ball is considered one of the top-rated indoor volleyball balls in the world.

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4. Molten Premium Competition L2 Volleyball ( Best For Young Players )

The Molten L2 series is USA Volleyball and NCAA Approved. Making it one of the top indoor volleyballs available. It truly provides you with everything you want and need in a competition level indoor volleyball. The Molten L2 consists of a micro-fibre composite cover and uni-bladder cotton wrapped construction. This provides players with a soft touch, yet is highly durable and able to withstand the demands of intense practice and game play. The Molten L2 Volleyball is also available in a wide variety of colours to match every team’s colour requirements.

The Molten L2 is also a great indoor volleyball for younger players looking to improve their skills and performance

Here is a great Amazon customer review for the Molten L2 Volleyball:

“I’m a high school coach and I bought a ball to see how it would hold up versus the Tachikaras I had. Verdict: my girls love this ball! Well-built and holds up to abuse from many practices and scrimmages. Soft feel and playability make it the favourite ball of my setters. Will be buying more Molten balls in the future!”

5. Wilson K1 Gold Volleyball

The new Wilson K1 Gold (replacing i-COR High Performance) is an elite indoor volleyball that is guaranteed to enhance player performance and game play. Making the Wilson K1 Gold Volleyball one of the top indoor volleyballs available. This premium indoor volleyball utilises a new power lining technology that assists players to strike the ball with the perfect balance of power and control. Allowing for stronger kills, more commanding hits, and powerful strikes.

The Wilson K1 Gold Volleyball boasts a new leather cover and lining, which enables a greater degree of ball control. This significantly improves directional changes all over the court during both practice and play. Besides all of it’s top-of-the-line features, superior design elements and high durability, the Wilson K1 Gold Volleyball is especially designed to keep players from holding back. This encourages enhanced levels of player performance and exceptional, powerful and thrilling game play. 

There you have it our top 5 indoor volleyballs. Let us know what you think in the comments and if you think we should add any to the list?