If you are looking to set up your own volleyball court, or want to make sure you have the right measurements, the net is a crucial part of that. So what is the volleyball net height for men and women?
Women – 7 feet, 4 and 1/8 inches
Men – 7 feet, 11 and 5/8 inches
High School Girls – 7 feet, 4 and 1/8 inches
High School Boys – 7 feet, 11 and 5/8 inches
The United States boys and girls volleyball net height information comes from the NFHS, the National Federation of State High School Associations. The official net height for men and women in Olympic competitions is 2.43 for men and 2.24 for women. This is the same height as the measurements listed above, but it is done in metric.
These heights are measured from the floor to the top of the net. The actual net takes up about 9 meters to cover the length of the court. The net is 1 meter thick.
The first rules, which were created by William G. Morgan, called for a net height of 6 feet and 6 inches. He created a game called Mintonette while working as a director at the YMCA in Massachusetts in 1895. This is the game that would eventually be known as volleyball.
While these official volleyball net height measurements are the same at all levels, depending on gender, they may not always be correct. For any official volleyball competition, these would be the heights used, yes. For youth and elementary volleyball leagues, it is always good to check with the governing body to get confirmation.
However, in unofficial competitions you may seen nets of varying heights used. This is common in public places, such as parks. The nets there may not be set up at any particular height. Most likely, they would be set up at the women’s height so they could be used by both genders.
You’ll have to be careful with buying unofficial volleyball net packages. Some of them come in small packages and are used for youth athletes or just basic outdoor fun and they may be puny in size. You will want to know the correct height if you want a somewhat official court, even if it is for backyard fun.
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