Volleyball, an Olympic sport, is usually played by two opposing teams hitting a ball back and forth over a volleyball net. The sport, throughout the years, has evolved into other variations that can be played in the pool, on the beach and other outdoor locations.
Volleyball teams can comprise of 6 or less players per side. The objective is the same whether it is an indoor or outdoor game, each team attempts to ground the ball in the opposing team’s court to score a point. One volleyball set ends when a team reaches the number of points stated in the rules and regulations that the players are using.
Whether it is indoor volleyball or water volleyball, the basic equipment is the same: a ball made of leather or synthetic leather and volleyball netting attached to poles (also known as standards).
The official size of volleyball net is 32 feet (length) by 3 feet (height). It can be made of braided polyethylene netting, nylon or even twine. Some nets have only a white nylon band at the top while others have vinyl tapes bordering the netting. Nylon, twine, or steel cords/cables are used to tie the net to the poles on a volleyball court.
All volleyball equipment must be inspected regularly and placed in proper storage facilities to extend its life. In volleyball camps, where the equipment is often overused, frequent inspection for wear and tear on volleyball netting must be done. You should be able to assess whether the net needs to be replaced or sent for repair by a professional. Sometimes, the damage on the net may not be too big for the players or the coaches to fix.
When there is damage on the net, your basic objective is to close up the hole or gap. If the hole is not too big, you can close it up by lacing the hole with twine.
To fix a small damage on a volleyball net:
- Spread the net on a flat surface or leave it tied to the poles. This way you can see where the damage or the holes are.
- Cut off any loose fibers along the damaged area.
- Check the mesh around the damaged area if they are still strong and have no signs of wear and tear.
- Using a rope or twine (preferably the same thickness as the original netting), knot it onto the top corner of the torn area.
- Lace the twine through the mesh alternately going from one side to the other. Make sure to knot the twine onto the still intact mesh each time. Try to match as closely as possible the existing mesh design and dimensions of the net.
- Once the gap is closed, knot the twine to the end of the undamaged section. Trim off excess twine.
You could also use a netting repair kit, which comes with a netting needle and twine. It comes with instructions on how to mend the net with the netting needle. Useful information and pictures can be found online at Knotcraft by Stuart E. Grainger and on How to Mend a Net.
Whether you play competitively or with friends during the weekend, volleyball is a fun and exhilarating game. Remember to regularly check the equipment (volleyball net, poles and ball) for any signs of damage before and after the game. By taking care of the equipment, you can be assured of a fun, safe&uninterrupted game all the time.