Volleyball Buying Guide

Volleyball balls are available in one size only but, for junior use a lightweight ball is produced. The senior ball or full weight ball, weighs between 270 and 280 grams. The junior ball weighs around 230grams, with the Mikasa MGV230 being the best selling ball, used in school volleyball training and matches.

The junior ball usually has a non sting covering to ensure the development of the player is encouraged. Using a full sized ball is likely to hurt young player's hands and could reduce their enjoyment of the game.

In the UK there are two main Volleyball manufacturers:-

  • Mikasa
  • Molten

There are only a couple of own label suppliers Baden and Lusum.

Both produce high quality volleyballs suitable for both senior and junior volleyball.

MIKASA's Volleyballs and Beach Volleyballs are the Official FiVB Game balls for the London Olympic games, in 2012. Mikasa claim the MVA200 Olympic Volleyball flight is more stable than other balls due to reduced panels and the dimpled surface.

Molten produce the Flistatec V5M5000 which claims to increase ball control and improve visibility of the volleyball. It also has a softer thicker microfiber layer which makes the ball easier to grip and allows for a firmer overhand pass, ensuring fewer stings than other Molten balls. The V5M5000 is the official ball for the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) and the London Youth Games.

Clearly both Mikasa and Molten volleyballs, produce high quality balls and are available in varying styles. They both produce training balls, match balls and balls for junior/school volleyball.

Volleyball in the UK is mainly played indoors but, in warmer climates the most popular version would be beach volleyball. Again, both Mikasa and Molten produce volleyballs suitable for this.

Ball prices vary from around £13 for a junior (lightweight) ball up to £46 for an indoor Olympic ball. There are also many price points to suit all budgets.

Volleyball has been an Olympic sport since 1964, although it was a demonstration sport, in the Olympics of 1924.


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