How to choose a volleyball ball

How to choose a volleyball online

How to choose a volleyball – a guide for indian buyers. Everything you need to know before buying a volleyball online.

To choose a volleyball that suits the specific playing level, skills & conditions of a player or team require considering various features and factors.

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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.
SizeCircumferenceAge of playersWeightAir pressure
Standard indoor/size 4(India)65-67 cm
(25.5 – 26.5 inches)
12+years260-280 gm4.3 – 4.6 psi
Youth indoor63 – 65 cm
(25 – 26 inches)
untill 12 yrs260 – 280 gm4.3 psi
Beach66 – 68 cm
(26 – 27 inches)
12+ yrs260 – 280 gm2.5 – 3.2 psi

Playing settings:

Indoor volleyball

Construction – Moulded

Surface – Smoother surface

Circumference – 25.5 – 26 inches

Air pressure – 4.3 – 4.6 psi

Water resistance – No

Beach volleyball

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.

Water resistance

To resist the moisture from rains and dirt that are common in outdoor settings.

Cover material

The 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 MaterialIdeal forSuitable for Features
LeatherProfessional playersIndoor 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/andvancedIndoor/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.
RubberBeginner/RecreationalIndoor/Outdoor(Any surface)Least expensive ball with average feel. Highly durable in all weather and surfaces.

Recommended Volleyballs

Advanced / IntermediateBeginner / Kids
SizeStandard indoor/size 4(India)BeachStandard indoor/Size 4(India)
Panel materialLeather or synthetic/composite rubbersynthetic/composite rubberRubber
Quality labelsFIVB/VFI/AVP/NCAA
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