Volleyball (ball)

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A Mikasa beach volleyball, the official ball of FIVB beach events

A volleyball is a ball used to play indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, or other less common variations of the sport. Volleyballs are round and traditionally consist of eighteen nearly rectangular panels of synthetic or genuine leather, arranged in six identical sections of three panels each, wrapped around a bladder. However, in 2008, the FIVB adopted as its official indoor ball a new Mikasa with dimples and only eight panels for a softer touch and truer flight.[1] A valve permits the internal air pressure to be adjusted.

A Molten indoor volleyball
Mikasa VLS300 official beach volleyball FIVB beach events (2017)

Volleyball characteristics

Indoor volleyballs are designed for the indoor version of the sport, and beach volleyballs for the beach game.

Indoor volleyballs may be solid white or a combination of two or three different easily distinguishable colors. They are made in two versions: the youth version is slightly smaller and weighs much less than an adult volleyball and than the standard version to accommodate youth's use.

Beach volleyballs are slightly larger than standard indoor balls, have a rougher external texture, and a lower internal pressure. They can be brightly colored or solid white. The very first volleyballs were made from leather paneling over a rubber carcass.

Volleyball characteristics[2][3]
Circumference
cm (inches)
Mass
grams (ounces)
Internal pressure
kgf/cm² (psi)
Standard indoor 65-67 (25.5-26.5) 260-280 (9.2-9.9) 0.3-0.325 (4.3-4.6)
Youth indoor 63-65 (25-26) 260-280 (9.2-9.9) 0.3 (4.3)
Beach 66-68 (26-27) 260-280 (9.2-9.9) 0.175-0.225 (2.5-3.2)

Major brands

There are several brands of competitive volleyballs in use, including, but not limited to:


Most of these brands also make cheaper variations for recreational (non-competitive) use.

Adopted use

See also

References

  1. ^ "New Volleyball Set For Olympics". Archived from the original on 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  2. ^ FIVB official indoor volleyball rules
  3. ^ FIVB official beach volleyball rules

External links

  • CEV and Mikasa unveil new Champions League volleyball in Vienna
  • CEV Website - Confederation Europeenne de Volleyball
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