There are many outdoor balls to choose from on the market. Find out what ball they use in the tournaments you plan on playing in, and practice with that ball. If you are serious about training, you'll find that having more balls is better (7 is a good number to shoot for). Even after decades of experience, the pro beach volleyball players take a couple hours to get used to a different ball. Just a few ounces or a tiny size difference can throw off your game. Here are the most popular balls:
- The most popular Wilson AVP Ball (White and Yellow) is $60 at most stores, but can be found for $45 online and $30 at some Costcos
- Wilson also has a "Collegiate Sand Volleyball" (White and Blue) around $50, but it is difficult to find and often more expensive. It is the same exact design as the classic white and yellow AVP ball, just with a different color scheme
- AVOID the plastic replica ball, which will run in the $20 range
- Most Spalding King of the Beach Volleyballs (White and Black) sell for between $40.00 and $45.00 online. Some think this ball is heavy and damages the shoulder more than the lighter WIlson or Mikasa. However, it is good for windy conditions
- Mikasa FIVB balls (White, blue, and yellow) sell between $60.00 and $75.00 and are difficult to find in the US, but are very high quality
Boundary LinesThere are two types of boundary lines: rope (round) and webbing (flat). All boundary lines use plastic stakes or plastic plates (about 3"x3") as anchors. The plates usually work better. All College Sand programs use "Short Court" lines, which are 8mx16m.
- Rope is usually 1/4" or 1/2" in diameter and most sets are all-weather
- Webbing is either 1" or 2" wide. Professionals strictly use the 2" wide webbing and a set will cost around $50 online. It's worth the extra money to get the wider 2" lines.
Most serious players don't use foot protection because they can't feel the sand. Sometimes the sand gets HOT, and many people can't stand it, especially with darker sand. It's nice to have a pair in your bag and break them out only when absolutely necessary.
- Sand Socks are popular, but wear out if used frequently. $20.00 and up.
- Zem Booties are well-made and cost about $30.00 online. They run about a half-size larger than other brands.