Summertime has arrived. Are you ready for a ride? Spending the summer can never be complete without the beach, the sand, and the sweat elements. Indeed, the perfect ride of a summertime trip to the beach can never be complete without volleyball. How do you enjoy the sand beach without volleyball?
Here's how to build a sand volleyball court:
Step 1: Make sure that you have enough materials for this challenging task. Here are some of the most important materials: hammer, hoe, shovel, and rake. If you have these objects, you are now ready for the next step. You may also consult some local stores for the price of the gravel and sand.
Step 2: Select the best area for your volleyball court. You and the other players should be comfortable with the area, or else you will not have fun. How to select the most suitable area? First, make sure that you can create a playing area with a size or dimension ranging from 29-30” for the width and 59-60” for the length. Second, an “allowance area” measuring 10” outside your actual playing area is recommended. Third, you should consider the orientation of your chosen playing area. Your playing area should be in a North-South lengthwise orientation in order to reduce the amount of direct sun the players will receive.
Step 3: Now you are ready for the installation of the poles. Poles are normally 11-12 feet in length. These poles will be installed 3 feet below the ground (base) and 9 feet above the ground. The base ensures that the poles will not collapse while you are enjoying the game. On the other hand, the noticeable area of the pole will allow ease and comfort of adjustment of the volleyball net to its standard height.
Keep in mind that for the men’s volleyball division the standard height is 7’11" while for the women’s category the standard height is 7’4". However, if you choose to use the standard height for the wood, the minimum length is 6 feet. Just don’t forget that stability could be guaranteed with a three-depth hole. Also, the poles should be placed 34-36’ apart from each other. Poles should be adjusted so as to allow the standard net length of 31-32’.
Step 4: With your poles and the volleyball net all set, consider polishing your court area. The court area should be given a final touch using a small drainage gravel. You have to cover the court area for about 1’ of this drainage gravel. A landscape fabric could help you conceal the gravel area. This fabric will ensure the separation of the gravel and the sand. The fabric will also ensure that the water will pass through the drainage system as smoothly as possible. Do not forget to fill in your gravel with 1’ of sand.
Step 5: Test your newly-built court. Make sure to run a game test using your new sand volleyball court. Consider the height of the volleyball net as well as the stability of the poles in your game test. Testing the court will save you the time in repairing the installations during the main event of your game.
Start the summer with a bang! Go build your sand volleyball court. It is so easy, isn’t it?