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Welcome to our big volleyball net test 2022. Here we present all the volleyball nets we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information for you.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best volleyball net for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying a volleyball net.




Summary

  • The DVV (German Volleyball Association) guarantees the quality of volleyball products. This means that if a volleyball or volleyball net has the three letters DVV on it, these products must meet certain requirements. There are three different levels here: DVV, DVV2, DVV1!
  • When buying a volleyball net, you should always pay attention to the area or purpose for which the net is used. Is it for amateur sports or do you need a volleyball net to play official tournaments (national and international).

The Best Volleyball Net: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for volleyball nets

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate volleyball nets. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable and effective model.

In summary, these are the following criteria:

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a model based on the criteria or not.

Material and workmanship

There are basically two different materials for volleyball nets:

Polyethylene Polypropylene
Abbreviation: PE Abbreviation: PP
Intended use: mainly as plastic packaging Intended use: production of goal nets, floating lines, straps, ropes
Material advantage: hardly absorbs any water Material advantage: high strength, low weight, odourless, skin-friendly

The most commonly used material is polypropylene.

Test mark

If you want to get a good net for your money, you should pay attention to the available test marks when buying. These test marks guarantee extremely good quality and workmanship!

DVV volleyball nets

If the volleyball net has the DVV (German Volleyball Association) test mark, it means that it is recommended by the association. However, there may be slight deviations from the national and international specifications.

Nets with this test mark are perfectly adequate for mass sports, seniors and youth.

DVV2 volleyball nets

The DVV2 mark complies with national standards. This means that this net is suitable for the senior league, state league and association league.

DVV1 volleyball nets

Nets with the DVV1 mark of conformity meet international standards. These volleyball nets are used for international competitions, Bundesliga and Regionalliga.

Transportability

If you want to take your volleyball net with you on holiday or want to change the place of play frequently, you should take this into account when buying.

The DVV2 training nets and the DVV1 competition nets are not suitable for this purpose. These two categories require a robust and rather heavy upright. This is therefore not easy to transport.

In order to be able to transport nets including uprights comfortably, you should look in the category “Leisure”. Here you can find offers for volleyball nets with uprights that fit into a simple travel bag. The uprights are usually equipped with an anchor for the ground, which can be easily fastened with a hammer.

The disadvantage of these nets is that they are unstable and often do not last long.

Packaging and weight

If you decide to buy a volleyball net, you will usually find them packed in cardboard boxes.

Online sellers often offer bags or a net hoop to roll up the net for better transport.

Normally, these nets have a weight of about 2-3 kilograms. However, there are also nets that are considerably heavier. For example, a vandal-proof volleyball net made of galvanised steel wire ropes. Such a net weighs around ten kilograms.

Assembly time

Basically, assembling a volleyball net should not take very much time. After the uprights have been fixed either in the introduction in the hall or outdoors in the ground, most of the work is already done.

The tensioning cords and quick-release fasteners on both sides of the net are attached to the uprights. After that, the net is tightened sufficiently and then nothing stands in the way of a volleyball game.

With the uprights, it depends on whether there is already a border on the court or whether the uprights have to be driven in first in the outdoor area.

You should always have a hammer with you so that the posts can be driven into the ground as deeply as possible. This ensures relatively good stability of the volleyball uprights.

Accessories

Accessories” includes all things that belong to the volleyball net. These can be holding bags for antennas, antennas, tensioning cords, quick tensioners, post protectors, spare tensioning rope and many other things.

For these things, such as the antenna holders, there are also test marks of the German Volleyball Association. These are DVV, DVV2 and DVV1.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a volleyball net

What are volleyball nets?

A volleyball court is divided into two halves by the volleyball net. The net is placed vertically above the centre line. The net height is 2.43 metres for men and 2.24 metres for women.

The height is measured in the middle of the court, at the top edge of the volleyball net. The height of the net at the two side or outer lines may not exceed the prescribed height by more than two centimetres.

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In volleyball, the ball must be carried over the high-tension net. Easy assembly and even tension in the net are therefore crucial for a successful volleyball game.
(Image source: pixabay / KeithJJ)

The volleyball net measures one metre in width and has a length of 9.50 metres to 10 metres. At the top of the volleyball net there is a horizontal white band sewn together along the entire length.

There is a small opening at both ends of this band. This is used to pull through the rope that is attached to the net posts. This process makes the upper edge of the net gent.

A band also runs along the lower edge of the volleyball net. There is a rope in this band. This is also attached to the posts and serves to tighten the lower part of the net.

What is the difference between an indoor volleyball net and a beach volleyball net?

Basically, there are no serious differences between an indoor volleyball net and a beach net. At least for the nets that are used for competitions and tournaments. Here, the stability as well as the quality should meet the highest standards.

The only differences are in the way the nets are attached. In the hall, the posts are fixed in an existing hole in the ground where there is an insertion for the post.

This means that the posts in the hall are always in the same place and therefore the court cannot be “moved”. In beach volleyball, the placement of the net is somewhat more flexible.

Here it is easier to fix the posts at a different place in the ground. This makes it easier to set up the court at a different place or in a different location.

What does a volleyball net cost?

The range is far too large to name an exact price for a volleyball net here.

It depends not only on the material, the workmanship and the quality, but also on whether the net has been tested by the German Technical Inspection Agency (TÜV) and whether it contains test marks.

Cheap variants start at around seven euros. To buy volleyball nets for competitions and tournaments, you can expect to pay around three hundred euros.

However, there are also very good volleyball nets for around one hundred euros.

The above prices refer only to the volleyball net. If you also want to buy professional posts, you can expect to pay around a thousand euros.

Well-known manufacturers and dealers

Here, well-known companies are briefly introduced that manufacture, develop or distribute volleyball nets.

  • Net World Sports: An extremely well-known internet retailer for all kinds of sporting goods. The spectrum ranges from football, archery, basketball and cricket to volleyball.
  • Huck: The company Huck is a specialist in rope play equipment (rope technology) and nets of all kinds. This includes nets for sports (handball, volleyball,…), for industry and construction protection.

What types of volleyball nets are there and which is the right one for you?

To make the right decision when buying a volleyball net, it is important to know the different types of nets. If you want to buy a net for school sports or for leisure, you don’t need to buy a DVV1 tested volleyball net to play with at international volleyball tournaments.

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Volleyball can be played in a hall, on a sports field or even on the beach. The only important thing is to have enough space. (Photo source: Fabio Formaggio / 123rf)

There would also be a big price difference here. However, there should at least be a DVV test mark. These test marks guarantee good quality.

In general, volleyball nets are divided into the following types:

  • Volleyball nets for training DVV2
  • Volleyball nets for tournaments and competitions DVV1
  • Volleyball nets for hobby use DVV

In the following, we will explain the different types and their advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to help you find the most suitable volleyball net for you.

What are the characteristics of volleyball nets for training sessions DVV2 and what are the advantages and disadvantages of these nets?

Volleyball nets for training sessions with the DVV2 test mark have a 4-point suspension. This means they have two tension cords and quick-release fasteners on both sides.

Advantages
  • 4-point suspension
  • UV-resistant
  • DVV2 test mark
Disadvantages
  • Net thickness somewhat thin
  • somewhat expensive for purely hobby use

The more point suspensions a volleyball net has, the better it is. The more suspensions, the better the tension of the volleyball net.

What are the characteristics of volleyball nets for tournaments and competitions DVV1 and what are the advantages and disadvantages of these nets?

Volleyball nets used for national and international tournaments have a DVV1 test mark. A special feature is the 6-point suspension.

Advantages
  • DVV1 test mark
  • knotless 3mm net thickness
  • 6-point suspension
  • plastic disc at the end of the net
Disadvantages
  • relatively expensive

This means that there are three tensioning cords and three quick-release fasteners on each side of the net. This guarantees maximum and, above all, constant tension.

Another feature of these tournament nets is the plastic disc at the end of the net. This prevents the steel cable from unintentionally going back into the surround.

What are the characteristics of volleyball nets for the DVV hobby sector and what are the advantages and disadvantages of these nets?

This net category with the DVV test mark is perfectly adequate for amateur and school sports. The test mark means that it is recommended by the German Volleyball Association. However, it may contain minor deviations from the specifications.

Advantages
  • quick assembly and dismantling
  • inexpensive
Disadvantages
  • without test mark usually not durable
  • net thickness somewhat thin

Important points here are the quick assembly and disassembly of the net and a good tensionability of the volleyball net. For hobby use, the nets are equipped with a 4-point suspension.

How is volleyball played?

In volleyball, two teams compete against each other, separated by a net. To score a point, the volleyball must be passed over the net and land in the opposing team’s court. To pass the ball over the net, each team has three touches of the ball.

In order to be able to decide a match in its favour, it is played on a “best of five” basis. This means that whichever team wins three sets first also wins the match.

A set is considered won when a team has reached 25 points and has at least two points more than the opponent (for example: 25:27 or 24:26)

If the match goes into the decisive fifth set, it is only played to 15. Also with a difference of two points.

Court size

The court size for indoor volleyball is 18×9 metres. The substitution zones, the service zone, the warm-up area and the free zones are added. With these zones, the size for a volleyball match is 24-34 metres x 15-19 metres. A height of seven metres must also be guaranteed.

Did you know that there are extra volleyball nets for children?

For children under 12, the court is smaller and the net is lower. The height is 2.05 metres. As the age group increases, so does the net height, and from the U20 age group onwards, the regular net height for men and women is reached.

Now to the surface or playing surface. The surface must be flat and horizontal, with a maximum slope of five millimetres per metre. The playing field must not have a slippery or rough playing surface. The risk of injury to the players would be too high.

Why does one player per team have a different coloured jersey?

The player wearing a different coloured jersey is called the libero. This is to make it clear to teammates, opponents, referees and fans who is the libero of each team.

The libero has certain limitations in the game:

  • He is not allowed to serve, block or attempt to block.
  • He is also not allowed to pass the ball to the opponent if the opponent is already above the upper edge of the net.
  • If the libero is standing in the attacking field and plays the ball in the upper pass to his teammate and the teammate shoots the ball over the volleyball net, it is considered a mistake. This is because the libero should only serve to strengthen the defence and not to serve as a service player.

History and development of volleyball

The American physical education teacher William G. Morgan is considered the developer of today’s volleyball. In 1896, he introduced a game called “Mintonette at the YMCA college. This game was later renamed volleyball. The game of basketball was also developed at this college.

The aim was to create a sporting game that could be competitive, but also recreational and relaxing, so that people of all ages could play the game.

In volleyball, the focus was not on running and physical contact as in basketball, but on skill and agility.

Another focus was on fairness.

Due to the lack of duel behaviour, volleyball was often criticised as an “unmanly game”.

Special features of the 1896 rules:

  1. A match consisted of nine service series, each with three possible serves. The service series were called “innings”. The team that won more innings could leave the field as the winner.
  2. Two attempts were allowed on the serve. Unless the first serve went too far, in which case it could not be repeated.
  3. There was no exact number of players.
  4. There was no maximum number of ball contacts.
  5. Dribbling was allowed up to about 1.40 metres from the net. Dribbling was understood to mean bouncing the ball in the air.
  6. There were also no rotation rules, except for the serve.

After that, volleyball spread to many countries and continents. In several countries, the rules were slightly modified. This is how today’s familiar plank, block and attacking stroke developed.

In 1947, the World Volleyball Federation (FIVB) was founded. The first world championships were held in Prague just two years after its foundation.

In 1955, the German Volleyball Association (DVV) was founded.

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