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How to Build a Sand Volleyball Court


Volleyball court dimensions are 29’6” width by 59’ length. In addition
to the court area, a 10’ unobstructed area is recommended outside of the
playing area. This brings the total desired area to 49’6” by 79’ long.
Orientation If possible configure your court running lengthwise North to South
to minimize Sun visibility issues for players as it rises and sets.


Use a front-end loader to excavate to your desired depth. Usually 2’-3’
depending on how thick of layers of sand and gravel you intend to use. (We
recommend 1’ of gravel and 2’ of sand for maximum beach conditions.) Be sure
and “pitch” the excavated area to a corner or low point where you desire
excess water to travel. A drainage ditch should be dug allowing water to flow
out from the court area. Recommendation: Use a front-end loader or “Bobcat” as
it can both excavate and fill, thus saving you from renting separate equipment
to both excavate and fill in your court. Diagram Coming soon!

Pole Installation

Ideally, poles should have a length of 12 feet, which allows for 3’
underground and 9’ above ground. Leaving 9’ of pole above ground allows the
ability to set up your net at official height and the comfort to adjust your
net height if your playing surface level changes over time. Men’s net height
is 7’ 11 5/8” and Women’s is 7’ 4 1/8.” If you plan on using wood standards
ensure that they are pressure treated and no smaller than 6”X 6.” Holes for
12’ poles should be dug to a 3’ depth under the desired level of the playing
surface. Sink poles at least 2’ in concrete to ensure stability. Poles should
be placed 36’ apart to allow for a standard volleyball net length of 32’ and
some buffer space between players and the poles. Recommendation: Using our
“All Game Post System” will ensure that after all your time and effort
constructing your court your pole system will give you maximum performance and
life. The last thing you will want to do is to be replacing insufficient poles
after a short period! If you use a wooden post, purchase our “Rail System” to
maximize the performance and moveablility of your net system on your posts.

Drainage Pipe

Position perforated drainage pipe in a zigzag pattern across your court
being sure to have the open end at the low point of the court to allow water
to flow and escape. Remember to wrap pipe with landscape fabric to keep
materials from clogging up the perforations and prohibiting the flow of water.
Recommendation: Remember to have the perforations down on the pipe to allow
water to enter.


Putting in an outer perimeter around your total sand area will prove to
be beneficial as it prevents dirt and plants from migrating on to your sand
and keeps your sand contained as well. Railroad ties or similar materials work
well. Another option is to construct a “burm” or hump along the perimeter with
excavated ground materials.


Cover drainage pipe and court area with approximately 1’ of drainage
small drainage gravel. Cover gravel layer with landscape fabric to keep gravel
from mixing with sand yet allowing water to pass through to your drainage
system. Fill over your gravel with at least 1’ of sand and your court is


Install your high quality net and boundaries (that of course were
purchased from Volleyball Mecca) and your ready to enjoy your volleyball court
for endless summers!

Cost Figures

Gravel: Contact your local sand and gravel yard for pricing. To
determine your needs in yardage use (Length x Width x Depth in feet divided by
27) To determine your needs in tonnage use (((L x W x D) divided by 27) X 1.6)
Sand: Contact your local sand and gravel yard for pricing. To determine your
needs in yardage use (Length x Width x Depth in feet divided by 27) To
determine your needs in tonnage use (((L x W x D) divided by 27) X 1.6)

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