|The volleyball is the basic piece of equipment
for the sport of volleyball. While a net
and court are required to play a game, a
volleyball can be used alone for practice
and refining of one's skills in addition
to the playing of a game.
Volleyballs come in a wide variety of weights,
materials, and appearances. Since volleyball
play is governed by many different sets of
rules, be sure to consult the rule book you
intend to use before buying equipment.
Features to Consider
- weight - while most rule books specify the
same ball weight for indoor and outdoor play,
experienced players prefer a heavier ball
outdoor to reduce the effect of wind. Depending
on the material used to make the ball, it's
weight can change; leather balls, for example,
absorb and retain moisture, which will add
to their weight outdoors.
- materials - leather of varying grades and
synthetic leather. The most expensive balls
are made from premium cowhide and offer a
great feel, durability, and shape retention.
Second to leather balls are microfiber or
composite synthetic balls. The lowest quality
and price balls are PVC (poly vinyl chloride).
- appearance - since most rule books do not
specify the appearance of the ball (or specifically
state that there is no requirement), manufacturers
offer a wide range of eye catching colors