How to choose a volleyball ball
To choose a volleyball that suits the specific playing level, skills & conditions of a player or team require considering various features and factors.
This includes age, playing environment, volleyball ball material, quality etc and more.
- Size - Standard indoor, youth indoor, beach.
- Playing settings: Indoors vs Beach/Outdoors
- Cover material - Leather, composite/synthetic(PU, TU etc), Rubber.
- Quality labels - FIVB, VFI, NCAA, AVP.
|Size||Circumference||Age of players||Weight||Air pressure|
|Standard indoor/size 4(India)||
(25.5 - 26.5 inches)
|12+years||260-280 gm||4.3 - 4.6 psi|
63 - 65 cm
(25 - 26 inches)
|untill 12 yrs||260 - 280 gm||4.3 psi|
66 - 68 cm
(26 - 27 inches)
|12+ yrs||260 - 280 gm||2.5 - 3.2 psi|
Construction - Moulded
Surface - Smoother surface
Circumference - 25.5 - 26 inches
Air pressure - 4.3 - 4.6 psi
Water resistance - No
Construction - Stitched
Surface - Rougher surface
Circumference - 26 -27 inches
Air pressure - 2.5 - 3.2 psi
Water resistance - YES
Construction & surface
Makes the ball durable enough to resist the high winds and other outdoor elements like dirt, moisture, heat etc.
Circumference & Air pressure
Slightly larger size and reduced air pressure provides a lighter feel and a steadier float in the outdoor.
To resist the moisture from rains and dirt that are common in outdoor settings.
Cover materialThe outer panel cover material dictates the recommended playing usage of a volleyball as it affects the grip, feel, durability and performance of a ball.
|Cover Material||Ideal for||Suitable for||Features|
|Leather||Professional players||Indoor courts(wood/indoor court materials)||Most premium balls with best in class performance. Softer feel material with high level of control and grip.|
|Synthetic/composite(PU,TPU etc)||Intermediate/andvanced||Indoor/outdoor(Any surface)||Best balls for outdoor/indoor courts with good feel. Highly durable in all weather and surfaces. Cheaper than leather ball but expensive than rubber balls.|
|Rubber||Beginner/Recreational||Indoor/Outdoor(Any surface)||Least expensive ball with average feel. Highly durable in all weather and surfaces.|
|Advanced / Intermediate||Beginner / Kids|
|Size||Standard indoor/size 4(India)||Beach||Standard indoor/Size 4(India)|
|Panel material||Leather or synthetic/composite rubber||synthetic/composite rubber||Rubber|
|Recommended balls||Cosco Acclaim volleyball, Cosco spike volleyball, Cosco super, mikasa official size rubber volleyball, nivia spiral volleyball, Nivia spot volleyball, Spartan super volleyball||Mikasa beach attack volleyball, Mikasa sports fivb beach champ game ball, Nike 1000 soft set outdoor volleyball, Nivia g 20-20 volleyball, Spalding king of the beach official tour ball, Wilson AVP 11 replica beach volleyball, wilson soft play outdoor volleyball||Cosco flight volleyball, cosco shot volleyball, cosco volley 18 volleyball, nivia craters volleyball, nivia encounter volleyball.|