Tips for Building a Backyard Volleyball Court
By Barry Solomon
, last updated December 24, 2011
If you enjoy a good game of volleyball and have a backyard with enough room, here are some tips for building a backyard volleyball court. Volleyball is a great sport that is fun for the entire family to play together. It's great exercise and can be played at any level of proficiency. Building your own court is easier than you might think. A regulation volleyball court is 59 feet long and 29 and 1/2 feet wide. You will have to find a flat, grassy location that can accommodate those dimensions. Don't worry if you come up a bit short. Just keep the same proportions and shrink the dimensions accordingly.
Remove any rocks, stumps, plants, and any other obstructions from the area. Next, cut the grass to where it is two inches high. Any deeper will retard your game and will be harder to keep clean of debris and insects.
Now you need to tackle the scientific part of the process. Measure the lines of the court. Use a tape measure to get your dimensions and then drive in small stakes at each corner. Run string from one stake to another to outline the court.
Go all around the court using white spray paint to make markings every few feet under the string. Remove the string and the stakes and use the spray paint to lay down straight lines connecting your markings. Measure in 29 1/2 feet from the end line and make a mark in the center. Run your string from one side to the other so it passes through your marking. Now you can spray your entire center line. This will be where you place your net.
From the center line, measure 9 feet 10 inches toward each back line. Repeat the process that you used for laying down the center line on each side. This will be the line separating your front court from your back court. Now go over all of your lines with the white spray paint to make them approximately two inches wide. Don't worry about being precise here unless you anticipate the professional tour will visit your home.
Now you will need to purchase a good volleyball net. You can do this at any sporting goods store or online. Try to buy a net out of season if you want to save some money. Here you will have a decision to make. In the course of play, people will be hitting the net with their arms and their bodies. It is important to have a secure installation that will not come down during a game. The best choice is a professional net.
To install, you dig a hole and cement the poles that hold up the net into the ground. Mix the cement with water in a wheelbarrow. Place the post into the hole that you dug and pour in the cement. Allow the cement to set for 48 hours and then attach the net.
Once all this is done, all you need is a ball and a few friends and you are ready to play!