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Frequently Asked Questions
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Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions about volleyball, volleyballs, and volleyball equipment and apparel. If
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Spalding U.S. Open Official Tour Volleyball (72113)
AVP Official Game Ball
VLS200 Beach Champ
Outdoor Ball of the Olympics
volleyballs and different kinds of volleyballs are produced
today than ever before. At realvolleyball.com, we carry
only the best volleyballs and the most popular volleyballs. There are
many types of volleyballs available, and many decisions to make.
vs. Outdoor Volleyballs The first major consideration is whether the volleyball is
an indoor volleyball or an outdoor
volleyball. Indoor volleyballs are molded whereas outdoor
volleyballs are stitched. The seams between the panels on the volleyball
will look different and are produced differently.
Volleyballs: On indoor volleyballs, the panels are glued
to an inner lining so the seams look smooth on the volleyball.
This production method gives the volleyball more consistent playability.
Indoor volleyballs weigh just a little less than outdoor volleyballs
because indoor volleyballs do not need to contend with blowing
Volleyballs: On outdoor volleyballs, it is obvious that
the panels are sewn because you can see the holes and the
threads holding the panels together. This stitching makes the volleyball
more durable. Outdoor volleyballs also weigh just a little more
than indoor volleyballs to prevent the volleyball from blowing
in the wind as much.
- Leather vs. Synthetic Composite The next major difference among volleyballs is whether they
are made of leather or some type of synthetic
composite. Volleyballs also are made from rubber,
but these are designed more for playground use than for real volleyball
Volleyballs: Leather volleyballs traditionally are the
top quality volleyballs. Different grades of leather exist. Consequently,
the highest priced leather volleyball will have the best
feel and playability. Generally, as the price decreases, the
leather volleyball becomes harder and will not be as easy to
play with. However, not everyone wants the softest volleyball,
so some top-of-the-line volleyballs are made harder than others for
different tastes in playability. Typically, people who like to hit
the ball hard (usually male volleyball players) prefer a harder
volleyball. Backrow players, by contrast, usually prefer a softer
and Composite Volleyballs: Every company has its own
ideas and inventions regarding composite fabrics used to produce
synthetic and composite volleyballs. Most companies claim their
volleyballs are the best. However, that is for the volleyball
player to decide. Personal taste dictates whether you prefer
the playability of one composite volleyball over another composite
volleyball. As with leather volleyballs, composite volleyballs
also lose playability as the price goes down. Composite volleyballs
typically are regarded as practice balls, so most major volleyball
leagues (school, club, pro) use leather volleyballs. However,
a few leagues, such as the AVP, use a composite volleyball.
Colors The last and easiest difference among volleyballs is that
they come in many colors. Check with your league
regarding what color volleyball is allowed.
VX5E Perfection Volleyball
(NFHS offical stamp for high school play)
as we know, no indoor professional volleyball leagues
exist in the USA. At the very least, none of the manufacturers
that we deal with list any of their volleyballs as official products
of any professional league, excluding the 2012 Olympics.
Professional Volleyball Leagues (Worldwide)
balls for professional volleyball leagues worldwide are as follows:
Men's & Women's Indoor Volleyball: Mikasa
Men's & Women's
Outdoor Volleyball: Mikasa VLS200
is a list of official volleyballs used in American colleges:
Volleyball Championships: Molten Super Touch IV58L-N
volleyball is considered the "official volleyball" for high school
play. The official ball for your high school will depend on your
federation, league, or division. However,
all official balls for high school must have the
NFHS (National Federation of High Schools)
stamp. The following volleyballs
carry the NFHS stamp:
The answer to this question has changed drastically since 2010. It's basically up to the league or federation in which you are playing.
Colored volleyballs have been used in college, internationally, and the Olympics for years.
The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) now allows colored volleyballs, so you can use colored volleyballs from a variety of volleyball brands for high school play. However, the NFHS requires that high schools use only volleyballs with the NFHS stamp on them.
Most volleyball leagues sign contracts with manufacturers to use their volleyballs. Organizations such as the NCAA, FIFA, and the Olympics have signed contracts with specific manufacturers to use specific volleyballs.
For club volleyball, it's up to your regional club organization to decide which volleyballs are eligible for play.
Most volleyball associations, other than high school and college, do not notify us of the requirements. Therefore, it's best to check with your governing body to verify which volleyballs are acceptable for play.
indoor leather volleyballs in a cool dry environment and do not expose
your volleyball to extreme temperatures or outside elements. We recommend
cleaning your volleyball with a mild soap and water solution.
is the recommended amount of inflation for my volleyball?
recommended inflation (psi) of most volleyballs is marked around its
valve area. Be sure to moisten the inflation needle before inserting
it into the valve. You also may want to refer to the official volleyball
rule book for exact requirements.
do I know when my volleyball is fully inflated?
recommend using an inflation gauge to determine the exact amount of pressure.
Do not use a high pressure compressor like those used at industrial sites
and gas stations. Rather, you should use a small inflator or hand pump,
similar to the models that we carry.
best way to preserve a leather volleyball is simply to use it. This releases
the natural oils and characteristics of the material, comparable to "breaking
in" a fine pair of shoes. We do not recommend using any topical
ointment or creme to preserve the leather, nor do we recommend using
indoor leather volleyballs for outdoor play. You should use a volleyball
that is specifically designed for either indoor play or outdoor play.
Dyed to Match Gum Rubber Sole with Other Rubber Mixed In
(Mizuno Wave® Lightning™ Bolt)
Dyed to Match Gum Rubber Sole (ASICS Gel-Volley Elite™)
Identifies a Volleyball Shoe? What
makes a volleyball shoe a volleyball shoe, as opposed to a basketball shoe
or a running shoe? The short answer is soles and weight.
sole is at the heart of what makes a volleyball shoe a volleyball shoe.
Most volleyball shoes have gum rubber soles. Gum rubber is the best
material for soles because volleyball shoes are made for indoor court
surfaces (usually wood) and because volleyball requires a lot of starting,
stopping, and quick cuts. Gum rubber provides the best traction for
the volleyball shoe on the very smooth wooden court surface. Other
athletic shoes, such as running shoes, do not use gum rubber because
they are designed either for outdoor use or for a greater variety of
surfaces. Gum rubber does not look like the rubber used on most athletic
shoes. Rather than being solid in appearance, gum rubber is semi-transparent
(you can almost see through it). If the soles on the volleyball shoes
you just received DO NOT match your mental picture of gum rubber, it
is because today's gum rubber is dyed to match the shoe. Manufacturers
also mix other types of rubber with the gum rubber in the sole to improve
traction and mobility.
is the other feature that makes a volleyball shoe a volleyball shoe.
Almost all the top volleyball shoes are lightweight. Some volleyball
shoes may be a bit heavier; however, these usually are the less expensive
are the Chief Differences among Volleyball Shoes? The
short answers are basic design, materials, support,
Design: Volleyball shoes are like most other athletic shoes
in this respect. That is, every manufacturer has its own designs
for uppers, midsoles, cushioning, and support. You need to read the
description of each volleyball shoe and compare the different features
of each in order to decide which volleyball shoe is best for you.
volleyball shoes are no longer made of leather. At one time, you could
buy all leather or all synthetic leather volleyball shoes, but those
days are long gone. The reason is that leather shoes, on the whole,
are heavier. Consequently, leather is not the best material for volleyball
shoes. Most volleyball shoes today are a combination of synthetic leather
and mesh uppers. This composition provides lighter weight, more breathability,
and faster drying.
Support: All volleyball shoes are enhanced by manufacturers to have additional cushioning and support. Examples:
ASICS®: Gel pockets included for added support, comfort and stability
(included in toe, heel and arch of sole)
Mizuno®: Pebax Technology® for stability and cushioning; enhanced AP mid sole and shock absorbing cushioning in fore foot
Adidas®: ADIPRENE® insert for comfort and shock absorption
is another area where volleyball shoes resemble most other athletic
shoes. More expensive volleyball shoes usually are better and they
offer fancier features. Typically the higher priced volleyball shoes
are lighter and offer better traction, more cushioning, and more support.
However, these characteristics may not make your foot happier. Sometimes
a less expensive volleyball shoe will fit your foot better and be more
Here at realvolleyball.com we
carry only the top models of each volleyball shoe from each manufacturer.
So, even though a particular shoe is not the most expensive shoe on
our site, it will be a very good volleyball shoe. Realvolleyball.com's website
offers volleyball shoes from each manufacturer, but we do no not offer
EVERY model from each manufacturer. That is because we select only
those models of volleyball shoes from each manufacturer that we consider
high enough quality for our customers to use when playing volleyball.
volleyball shoes have a colored sole. Will these soles leave marks on the
If your volleyball shoes were purchased from
realvolleyball.com, they should not mark the floor. All brands of volleyball
shoes that we carry have non-marking soles. If you have any problems
with your volleyball shoes marking the floor, please contact us so that
we can rectify the problem.
is a tough question to answer. With volleyball kneepads, it boils down
to personal preference and what's the most
comfortable for you. We can explain some differences
though, and give you some history of volleyball kneepads.
Bubble Style Kneepads vs. Flat Style Two different types of volleyball kneepads exist — bubble
style kneedpads and flat style kneedpads.
style kneepads: This style
used to be the only type of volleyball kneepad available and it is
what most people think of as a traditional style kneepad. Basically,
a bubble style kneepad has a big pad in the front of the knee,
directly on your kneecap. The bubble style kneepad is rather thick
(thus the name, bubble type), and it provides a lot of cushioning
if you fall straight forward onto your knees. Unfortunately,
this style volleyball kneepad is not as readily available
as it used to be. In fact, we carry and know of only two bubble
style kneepads — the Asics ZD0009 and
the Tachikara TKP kneepad (shown at right).
Mizuno and Adidas no longer even make a bubble style volleyball
style kneepads: Flat style
volleyball kneepads were first brought out by Mizuno in
the mid 1990s.
This style, dubbed the MZ-J1, was quite
different from all the volleyball kneepads available then, and it
proved to be quite popular. Consequently, most volleyball kneepads
made today are the flat style.
was so successful because it provided two
features that many volleyball players liked. First, it wasn't as bulky
as the bubble style, allowing volleyball players to move
better. Second, the flat style MZ-J1 kneepad could wrap around the
knee (which is why some people refer to flat type volleyball kneepads
as "wrap around kneepads"). This wrap around style provided
some padding to the sides of the knees, a feature that went over very
well because in volleyball, 6 people are stuck in a small square, increasing
the chances of running into their teammates. (Although some players
may rarely fall on the ground, depending on their position,
they still run into their teammates.) Also, when players fall
down, they don't always fall perfectly straight forward, making a case
for padding along the sides of the knee.
style volleyball kneepads is that they have less padding directly in
front of the knee, which is why some players prefer the bubble style.
So when these players do fall directly straight ahead onto their kneecaps,
they do not get as much cushioning with a flat style kneepad as they
would with the bubble style.
among Kneepad Styles
Some differences also exist between volleyball kneepads within the same
style. That's why, for example, Asics makes 7 different styles. These differences
of padding used, sleeve length, padding thickness, and how
much the volleyball kneepad wraps around the knee.
and Adidas also make junior volleyball kneepads, which are the same
as the standard models but with a smaller diameter sleeve.
As you can
see, which features are best for you really depends upon your personal
preference for comfort, protection, and ease of movement in a volleyball
question is easy to answer — the most expensive one! The more
expensive the portable
outdoor volleyball system, the heavier duty it is. The net is heavier, the
binding is thicker, the poles and guy lines are thicker and stronger,
outdoor volleyball systems tend to be lighter, thinner, and include fewer
realvolleyball.com, we carry two brands of portable outdoor volleyball
systems: Ultimate Systems and Park and Sun. As their name implies,
Ultimate Systems is into hardcore volleyball. They strive to make
their top outdoor volleyball systems as close to an indoor volleyball
system as possible. For example, they make the volleyball net as
tight as possible for play off the net. Plus, everything in the Ultimate
Systems volleyball system is heavy duty so it can take a lot of abuse.
Ultimate Systems do tend to be heavier to carry around and more complicated
to set up than some other outdoor volleyball systems. As you'd expect,
the lower-priced Ultimate Systems units start to lose playability
and durability, which may or may not be right for you.
carry outdoor volleyball systems from Park and Sun. This company
makes nice volleyball systems, though they are not as heavy duty
as the top Ultimate Systems volleyball systems. Park and Sun's volleyball
systems are, however, easier to set up than Ultimate Systems units.
setup for the net represents the major difference between Ultimate
Systems and Park and Sun's outdoor volleyball systems. Park and Sun's
poles go directly into the binding of the volleyball net. By contrast,
Ultimate Systems units do not connect the net and the poles directly;
instead, they feature a suspension setup connecting the volleyball
net to the pole using either ropes or straps. This suspension setup
enables you to adjust the tension on the volleyball net more than
you can with the Park and Sun outdoor volleyball systems. Park and
Sun's volleyball systems may not provide as good playability as those
from Ultimate Systems, but they do play well and are easy to set
outdoor volleyball systems can be complicated and involve tradeoffs;
so if you have any other questions, please give us a call.
we carry volleyball nets. However, we do not show them on our website
because ordering the correct volleyball net can be quite complicated.
The right volleyball net for you will depend on a several factors, including:
the kind (brand) of volleyball uprights you will use with this net; whether
you want rope or steel cables in the net; and whether you want a wooden
dowel in the ends of the volleyball net. We also can have custom volleyball
nets made for you. Please call us if you need a volleyball net.
are the dimensions of the beach volleyball short court?
short court dimensions are 8 meters by 8 meters for each side of the
volleyball court or 16 meters by 8 meters for the entire volleyball
court. The standard dimensions for a volleyball court are 30 feet by
30 feet for each side or 60 feet by 30 feet. A meter is about 39 inches
long, so this reduces the size of each side of the
volleyball court from 30 feet by 30 feet to about 26 feet by 26
carry all sorts of volleyball uniforms, but we do not silk screen them
ourselves. However, we can have silk screening done for you. We use
the biggest and best silk screener in Los Angeles. This company screens
uniforms from the NCAA, to the NFL, to the Harlem Globetrotters. Our
screener also does embroidery and tackle twill. Some silk screeners
may be faster and less expensive, but our silk screener produces results
that will make your volleyball team very happy with their uniforms.
Silk-screening volleyball uniforms takes about two weeks.
screening can become complicated, we do not include information about
it on the website. Please give us a call if you want any volleyball
uniforms, T shirts, sweatshirts, or bags screened. You may email
us also, but a call usually is a more efficient way to avoid the
back and forth flying emails that typically result when we try to
figure out exactly what you want done.
should I place my order for volleyball uniforms for the upcoming
high school or college Fall volleyball season?
school volleyball season usually starts at the beginning of September;
college volleyball season starts roughly a couple of weeks before that.
major suppliers of volleyball uniforms usually bring out their new
uniform styles in May, so you probably will want to wait at least
until then to order, so you can see which new volleyball uniform
styles will be available for the Fall season. If you order before
May, the new volleyball uniform styles will not be available yet,
and most of the suppliers' inventory from the last year's styles
will be very low.
will update our website with the new volleyball uniform styles as
soon as they become available. If you've visited our women's
volleyball uniforms or men's
volleyball uniforms page before, please be sure to refresh your
page so that you see the most current volleyball uniforms available.
you place your orders in May, June, or July, you should be in very
good shape to receive your uniforms before the start of the
Fall volleyball season. If you need screening for your uniforms,
please note that screening takes at least 2 weeks, in addition to
normal shipping time.
orders for new uniforms placed after August 1st should have plenty
of time to be completed before Fall volleyball season starts. However,
as we get farther into August, we start to run into two problems:
Our screener will become more backed up.
The manufacturers start to run out of stock of the most popular styles,
colors, and sizes of volleyball uniforms. We stock many uniforms
here, but we cannot stock every single color and style. And the manufactures
never make enough of the most popular uniforms for the whole country,
no matter how many they make.
don't think that we can't supply your team uniforms if you order
after August 1st! August and September are the two busiest months
of the year and that is when we deliver the majority of the teams
volleyball uniforms. Availability of volleyball uniforms depends
most on the current fashion trends, along with the supply from the
manufacturer of the uniforms in the fashion and color that you want.
Some manufacturers are more organized than others.
Can you explain the differences in colors among volleyball uniforms?
Certain colors used in volleyball uniforms are just what they sound like. Black is black, white is white, as are orange, purple, and pink.
Cardinal is the most confusing color used with most school team colors. Cardinal is very similar to maroon, but these are two different colors. Cardinal has more red in it, while maroon has more purple. Most volleyball uniform manufacturers use cardinal for their uniforms; Adidas, however, uses maroon. Teams that wear cardinal include: NFL: Washington Redskins; College: USC, Arizona State.
Blue is the color with the most variations. Royal blue is a very blue blue. For example, the LA Dodgers, Indianapolis Colts, Duke University all use royal blue. Navy blue is a dark blue. Teams and colleges that use navy blue include New England Patriots, Notre Dame, Dallas Cowboys, and the Chicago Bears. Columbia blue is a powder-blue color used by the University of North Carolina, San Diego Chargers' throwback uniforms, and UCLA.
Green also has many variations. Kelly Green is a "true" green. The Boston Celtics uniforms are kelly green. Most volleyball uniform manufacturers no longer make uniforms in this color. Forest green is a dark green. Most green team uniforms these days are forest green and nearly every volleyball uniform manufacturer uses forest green.
The last two regular colors are scarlet and gold.
Scarlet is red. Teams using this color include Indiana University, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bulls, and the Cincinnati Reds.
Gold is slightly more complicated. Gold comes in two main variations: Vegas gold and Athletic gold. Vegas gold is a sparkly gold. Tachikara puts it on their colored volleyballs, although they call it vintage gold. Football teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, St Louis Rams, UCLA, and Notre Dame, are the main users of Vegas gold in their uniforms. However, if one of your volleyball team's colors is Vegas gold and the uniform that you want doesn't come in Vegas gold, you can always have it screened in Vegas gold.
Athletic gold basically is just yellow. Because it is difficult to make sparkly volleyball uniforms from today's most commonly used fabrics, most gold volleyball uniforms are athletic gold. However, Adidas uses a shade called sandstorm, which is supposed to be similar to Vegas gold but is not quite as sparkly. Adidas does use athletic gold in some of their volleyball shoes. Examples of teams using athletic gold are University of Michigan, USC, Green Bay Packers, and the LA Lakers.
The colors royal blue, kelly green, scarlet, and athletic gold are basically your kindergarten crayon colors of blue, green, red, and yellow.
A few remaining colors are used in some volleyball products, but not always in uniforms. Silver is similar to gold, with a sparkly and non-sparkly variation. Sparkly silver is used mainly in football uniforms, such as those for Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Loins and Ohio State. For volleyball uniforms and volleyballs, light gray substitutes for silver, but it isn't sparkly like the football uniforms.
Choosing colors can be tricky for several reasons, including these:
Different companies' color shades will not match perfectly;
It's difficult to describe colors over the phone;
The shade of the color you want for your volleyball uniforms may not (and probably isn't) the shade that you see on your computer screen.
If you have any further questions, please call us (800-215-3574) and we'll do our best to answer.
Why does one player have a different color jersey than all of the other players?
The player with a different colored jersey is the Libero.
What is the libero?
The volleyball libero is a defensive specialist position in indoor volleyball. The position was added to the game in 1999 along with special rules for play in order to foster more digs and rallies and to make the game more exciting. The libero remains in the game at all times and is the only player not limited by rules of rotation. He usually replaces the middle blocker position when they rotate to the back row and never rotates to the front row himself. (Liberos exist in both men's and women's volleyball; we use the masculine term here for convenience.)
The libero is chosen by the team before the match or tournament and that designated player must remain the libero for the entire match or tournament. If the libero is injured, he can be replaced by any player who is not on the court, but that player must remain the libero for the remainder of the match.
What does the libero do during a play?
The libero is responsible for a great deal of the passing in serve receive. Often the libero will be responsible for a much greater part of the court than his teammates. The libero is in the game to add ball control, so his main responsibility is to pass the ball well so the team can run the offense. On defense the libero needs to dig well, getting a hand on every ball he can to keep the play alive. Since the libero has no attack responsibilities, he must chase down every ball he can. He also may be responsible for setting if the ball is dug by the setter or out of the setter's range.
How accurate are shipping charges shown on my online order?
Shipping charges on realvolleyball.com's website are estimates only. Actual freight charges for your order will depend on what you order and where you ship it.
If you order over-sized items such as ball carts or portable outdoor systems the freight probably will be higher.
If we are shipping to Hawaii or Alaska you should definitely contact us for accurate freight charges. Our estimated shipping charges usually are fairly accurate. Sometimes, however, they differ significantly from the estimate. In this case, we will call to get approval to ship your order. If you have any questions, please call or email us and we will provide you with an accurate shipping cost.
You may call or email us to place the order using a purchase order.
After placing the order, please fax the purchase order from the school to (858)279-5477 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, as we must follow the exact billing and shipping information provided on the purchase order. If you have any further questions or need more clarification, please call us at (800)215-3574.
Why doesn't my online order show the correct California sales tax?
Like the shipping costs, the tax rates given on our website are estimates only. When we process your order, we will charge you the correct tax rate for your county. Currently, there is no sales tax if you live outside California. Some states are hoping to charge out-of-state sales tax in the future, and we will try to inform you about any changes that affect your order.
placed an online order for a pair of volleyball shoes, size 12 or larger.
However, I did not get the 12+ discounted price.
12+ discounted price refers to the number of pairs of volleyball shoes
you ordered, not their size. You would need to order 12 pairs of these
volleyball shoes (in any combination of sizes) to get the 12+ discounted
placed an online order but was told an item was unavailable. Why?
is not possible for us to update the website automatically every time
we run out of a volleyball product. We do apologize for this inconvenience
and will update our website as often as we can to minimize the problem.