How to set up or put up a volleyball net outside. Step by step instructions

Playing volleyball outside can be a lot of fun. There are two types of volleyball nets: temporary ones and permanent ones. Temporary ones can last a few weeks to a few months and are often replaced after one season. Permanent nets have to be able to withstand for a longer period of time. Let’s discuss each of these options and how you set them up.

How to set up or put up a volleyball net

1/ Temporary nets: quick and easy way to set a volleyball net outside

These nets are often quite simple to set up. They come with instructions and you can often find these if you Google the name of the brand and type of net. It is often just sliding different parts into each other and then rolling out the net. You can get an idea of how to set up this type of net below:

Official outdoor nets measure 32 feet long by 39 inches tall. You can get custom dimensions as well. A lot of nets on Amazon are smaller as most people don’t have enough space for full-sized outdoor nets. These nets often use standard ropes or kevlar cords. This makes it easier to set up the net. It is important that you pick a net that has bright colors so that players can see it from afar.

A lot of people pay too much attention to the ball and they run into the net as they don’t see it. Using bright colors can help. Black often can withstand the sun for a longer period of time as bright red or yellow colors can get discolored after a while. It is often better to avoid the really cheap nets as these are not that sturdy. It is really annoying to have to stop a game because the net broke down. 

Some nets come with a storage bag and this can be really interesting if you don’t plan to use it that often. The following net is a great one if you want to get started. It is quite straightforward to set up, as can be seen in the previous video. You can even do it on your own. 

Pool volleyball is becoming more popular as well as it is a lot of fun to play. Setting up the net is quite similar to the one we discussed before. They might add some weights so that the net doesn’t fall over as it is a smaller net. This is often done by adding sand or water to the feet of the net. This can be set up in less than an hour. 

2/ Nets that should last a long time: more work but worth it.

This net is more durable but can be more work to set up. The poles should be dug in and cement has to be used to keep them in place. Be sure to use the right type of cement so that it will last a long period of time.

This has to be about 3 feet deep so that the poles will stand sturdy. This will require quite a lot of digging but it is worth it. It can take a whole day or longer to complete the full installation. There are different types of poles: 

  • Wood: this material gives the old-school volleyball vibe. Wood has to be treated to avoid holes and maintained every few years. Make sure to use strong wood as not every type of wood is strong enough.
  • Aluminum: This material is lighter but more expensive than wood and steel. It is becoming more popular as it is easy to install and is quite durable. 
  • Stainless steel: untreated steel will rust quite fast so it is essential that you take stainless steel. These poles don’t look as great as aluminum poles in my opinion but this comes down to personal preferences. They can get quite hot in the sun. 

Contrary to temporary nets, no eyelets are used in these poles as these will break over time. Most nets have a sliding system. This makes it possible to lower the net for newer players. This also makes it quite easy to install the net as you just have to slide it in the groves and lock it. The net is mounted with aircraft cables to the poles as well. This allows it to move with the wind. You can test if it is locked while by pushing and pulling it. You should inspect the poles regularly after installation to make sure that it is still a sturdy construction.

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Now that we have installed the poles, it is time to pick a net. The best outdoor nets are typically made with kevlar and use sturdy fabrics on the top of the net. Once the poles are in place, it is quite easy to hang the net. You just roll it out and attach the poles. Nets have to be replaced from time to time as they can get discolored.

They should last a few years. The poles themselves can last about 10 years, depending on the material that is being used. Therefore it is often better to save money on the net than on the poles. It is quite easy to replace a broken net whereas it is a hassle to replace the poles. 

 To complete the court, you can also use chalk to draw the lines. It is also possible to use cords or fabric to outline the court. This makes it easy to see where the court ends and avoids discussions during the match. Some players are very competitive and will be talking about where the court lines are if it is not clear.

These lines are quite cheap to install. Just be sure to read the included instructions so that they are installed in a safe manner. Players can trip over this if it is not done properly. Cords are not recommended as they don’t stretch when people trip over them. These details can have a big impact on the playability of the court.