elements of a volleyball court

The Anatomy of a Volleyball Court

The Essential Elements of a Volleyball Court

Some people who have only watched but never played volleyball might think the rules of the game are more complex than they actually are. Much of this is due to the markings and lines on the typical volleyball court. To the untrained eye, it might look like a bunch of random boxes that make no sense. It does not help that your average volleyball court has the dual function as a basketball court. In today’s City Beach blog, we go over the different elements of a volleyball court.

Indoor Volleyball Court

An indoor volleyball court has two symmetrical squares on either side of the net. Both of these squares measure 30 feet by 30 feet. Between the two squares sits a net raised on two poles. The net measurement depends on the age and sex of the teams playing. An adult male team plays with nets raised to 7 feet and 11 ⅝ inches. Adult female teams play with nets raised to 7 feet and 4 ⅛ inches. You will notice lines on either side of the court running parallel to the net. These lines are called the attack lines. They separate the front three players from the back three players. The front three players can play behind this line, but the backcourt players cannot play the ball in front of this line. It sits 10 feet from the net.

Beach Volleyball Sand Court

The biggest difference here is – you guessed it! – the sand. The courts are smaller as well. Well, there is actually a bit of confusion here. A recreational sand court is the same size as an indoor court, and games are played with teams of 4 to 6. Official beach volleyball rules, however, call for a court 52 feet and 6 inches long and 26 feet and 3 inches wide. Only two players per team play in professional beach volleyball, so the court is smaller to accommodate this change. The sand court has no lines aside from the boundary lines, and both players can hit from anywhere inside their area of the court. Beach volleyball, however, calls for other regulations. Inside the court, the sand must be 18 inches deep. Around the edges of the court, the sand should be at least 12 inches deep. This helps prevent injuries.

Play Volleyball at City Beach

If you are looking for a place to play volleyball in Santa Clara, look no further than City Beach. You can choose to play on a beach or indoor volleyball court. We also have volleyball tournaments and leagues. Contact us today for more information.

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