How do you inflate and deflate a volleyball? (answered)

It is important that you maintain your volleyball well. This makes it last longer and ensures that it doesn’t start to deflate. In this post, we are going to discuss how you can inflate and deflate a volleyball.

How do you deflate volleyball? 

Deflating a volleyball is quite straightforward. There is a valve in the ball. This is a small rubber piece that is quite easy to notice when you turn the ball around. You can use the pin that is used to inflate the ball to deflate the ball. Just detach it from the pump and push it into the valve. It can take quite a while before the ball is fully deflated so be patient and let the pin do its work.

A deflated volleyball

This is the best way to deflate a volleyball and makes sure that there is no damage. It can be a good idea to add some special oil to the valve so that it is easier to insert the pin. Don’t use too much force as this can break the valve. 

If you don’t have this pin at hand, you can use a paperclip. Simply fold it open and insert it carefully in the valve. It is important that you don’t insert it too deeply. This method is riskier and you have to be careful when you do it so that the valve doesn’t break. Also, check that the tip of the paperclip isn’t too sharp as this can damage the rubber in the valve. Replacing a valve is difficult to do so it is better to be careful with it. 

Leave some air in the ball so that it is easier to inflate the ball afterward. The ball is quite fragile once it has been deflated so make sure that you store it well and protect it from dirt and dust. 

Why does my volleyball keep deflating 

There are several potential reasons why your volleyball keeps deflating. It is possible that there is a small leak in the bladder of the ball. This is hard to fix and you will have to keep inflating it. This can be tested by submerging the ball in water and seeing if there are bubbles forming.

If this happens, it can indicate that you might have to replace your volleyball. As you can see in the image below, the inner bladder is hard to access as there are layers around it.

Source: Mikasa

It is also possible that the valve of the ball is leaking. You might try to fix this with tape but this won’t be a long-term solution. Volleyballs often break at the valve as it is a weaker point in the construction and this is hard to repair. You can once again submerge the ball in water to test this. There are oils to lubricate and maintain the valve.

You also need to take care of your volleyball and this means storing it in a cold and dark place. A lot of people leave their balls in the sun. This is not a good idea as hot air expands and this can push the air out of the ball. This is also one of the reasons that a ball is deflating. 

If you take care of your ball, it should last a few years. In most instances, you get a guarantee on a volleyball so check with the manufacturer to see if you get a free replacement if the ball breaks after a few months.

The big brands such as Mikasa or Wilson will provide a replacement without questions asked. These balls are slightly more expensive but they offer longer guarantees. Cheap balls often don’t last that long as they use fewer layers in the ball and inferior materials. 

Sitting or standing on the ball can deflate it as well. The valve will leak some air if you stand on it as there is a lot of pressure on the valve. The ball would explode if the valve wouldn’t leak some air so it is designed to do so if it is under a lot of pressure.

How to inflate a volleyball

Volleyballs are often shipped without air to make them easier to transport. You will need a pump to inflate a volleyball. The tip of the pump is inserted into the valve before you can start pumping.

Overall the process is quite similar to inflating a bike tire but you need another attachment to the pump to be able to do this. To inflate a bike tire, you need a round attachment. For a volleyball, you need a pointy attachment so that it is easy to insert it in the valve of the ball.

 It is possible to do it by hand but can take a long time. You can ask the store to do it for you or go to a gas station and use their pump. Make sure that you don’t overinflate the ball or it will break. The pressure in a ball is often measured in psi.

The volleyball shouldn’t deform if you touch it.

For a standard volleyball, it is recommended that the psi is between 4.25 and 4.61. This can be seen on the pump. Also, check what the manufacturer of the ball recommends. Outdoor volleyball might need less pressure and this depends on the construction and materials that are used. Overall, inflating a volleyball is pretty straightforward. You just have to use the right amount of pressure on the ball. 

Outdoor and indoor volleyballs are inflated in the same way.

You can get a special pump from Mikasa but this is not required. Let’s see it in action:

Inflating a volleyball only takes less than a minute if you have the right gear. Make sure that the ball is round after you have inflated it. It shouldn’t be possible to change the shape when you put some pressure on it. 

It is necessary to inflate the ball every 6 months to make sure that it has enough air in it. Over time, some of it can leak out of the ball. You can easily test the ball pressure by inserting the tip of the ball into the valve. In most instances, the pump should give an indication of how much air pressure is in the ball. This makes sure that the ball will last longer as playing it when it is not fully inflated can break the ball. You also have meters to check the pressure. You can use oil to make sure that the valve is well maintained. 

To conclude we can state that it is essential to inflate your volleyball from time to time and use the right tools to inflate and deflate it. A good volleyball can last several years if you maintain it well.