What gear do I need for volleyball? Best volleyball gear and proper attire

There are sports that require a lot of equipment before you can perform them. Luckily, you don’t need a lot of stuff to play volleyball. This makes it an affordable sport that anyone can play. For less than 120 USD you can get started if you buy entry-level equipment. If you buy more expensive gear, this can run up to 500 USD but this is for more advanced players.

You still need to pay the club fee but this is often quite affordable as well. There are a lot of sports that require a bigger investment to get started. In this article, we are going to discuss what every volleyball player needs and also some gear that is optional. You can use this as a checklist to get started with this hobby.

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 What items does every volleyball player need to have? What to wear to volleyball practice

Every volleyball player needs shoes, socks, underwear, pants, a shirt, and knee pads. A backpack can be handy as well as a drinking bottle. Some players also wear finger tape to protect their fingers during a match.

There are sports editions of all of these products as normal shoes and socks will probably not work as these are not able to absorb the sweat. Sport editions are often more expensive as they add more membranes, gels, and foams. This offers more agility and balance to volleyball players. Therefore they are worth the additional expense. 

Sports underwear, for example, has special bands that make sure that they don’t rip up while you play. This makes it a lot more comfortable to use them. It can be quite distracting if you have to pull on your underwear the whole time so it is worth spending a little more on this. Sports underwear has been specifically designed for dealing with sweat and a lot of movement.

Knee pads are worn by a lot of volleyball players and are one of the few items that are specific to volleyball. A lot of items (such as shoes and jerseys) are quite similar to other sports so you can use them as well for volleyball if you have them already. Knee pads are used to protect the knees when players dive (or dig) to get a low ball. If you get on your knees often, it can get painful to do this. Therefore knee pads make sure that you can play longer.

We have discussed the requirements for a backpack before. It needs to be big enough to store all your gear but at the same time, it has to be possible to carry it. There are several designs of backpacks and you have to see what works for you.

A drinking bottle can help to keep you hydrated during a game. They are more environmentally friendly than always using plastic bottles and this has convinced a lot of players to buy one. You need to clean them from time to time so it takes some effort to maintain it.  

What to put in my volleyball bag: Equipment and stuff that some players use.

  • Some players wear glasses

They might need special sporting glasses. A volleyball can hit someone quite hard. Therefore normal glasses might not do as these can break if they get hit. Some players prefer to wear sporting glasses to avoid this problem. These are often made out of plastic and therefore they don’t break when they get hit by a ball. This can really help a player if they have to wear glasses. I have worn these and they work very well if you get the correct size. Sunglasses are needed for beach volleyball players.

  • Some players wear arm sleeves or arm pads: do you need them?

Arm pads are not that popular as they hinder the movement of the arms. They can provide some added protection while you play but are mainly worn by younger players. 

Arm sleeves are more popular but not every player wears these. They can be easy to remove sweat from your forehead and some people claim that it recovers your arms faster after a game. I don’t like wearing these as they can get quite wet after a while but this depends on the preferences of the player. It is definitely not required to wear these during training or match. Some teams might require that you wear them to make sure that everyone on the team wears the same outfit but this doesn’t happen that often. 

What does a girl need for volleyball? What equipment does my daughter need for volleyball?

Next to the things that we have discussed before (shoes, socks, underwear, pants, shirt, knee pads, and a backpack), girls might need things to keep their hair in place. During a volleyball game, you jump around a lot and players sweat as well. Therefore it is important to wear the hair in a ponytail so that it doesn’t get in their eyes. Playing with hair that goes everywhere can be very distracting so it is important that this is taken care of before the game. Here are some tips to hold your hair:

Some girls also have longer nails. You have to discuss this with the coach to see if this is acceptable. Sometimes it is required to use tape over the nails to make sure this doesn’t get in contact with other players. This depends on the referee and coach but finger tape is quite cheap so it is always a good idea to have it with you. It is a shame if you can’t partake in a competition or match because your nails are too long.

They might need a box to store jewelry. It is generally not allowed to wear this during volleyball training as it could break. A small box and in some instances a lock can be useful to keep this safe. From earrings, rings to necklaces, it is often better to store these in a specific location so that they don’t get lost. Especially when you have to play in another sports arena, it is important that you have a way to keep this with you.

It is important to have a second pair of everything with them as they can sweat more than expected or equipment might break. If you have an additional pair of socks with you, it can be great to switch during the middle of a game. This keeps your feet dry and ensures that you are comfortable while you are playing. Therefore I always recommend buying a bigger backpack so that you have space to bring additional gear. 

In this post, we have discussed what volleyball players need to be able to get started. Volleyball is not that expensive because you don’t need a lot of gear. It is often best to invest in decent equipment as you will use it a lot and it has to be washed quite often. It is also a great idea to have spares of everything so that you can keep playing when something breaks. For a few hundred dollars, you should have everything that you need to get started with this sport.