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How to Setup an Outdoor Volleyball Court

Updated on April 24, 2010

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Setting Up an Outdoor Volleyball Court

This article will show you how to setup an outdoor volleyball court on either grass or sand using a portable volleyball net system manufactured by Park N Sun Sports.

The nice thing about the outdoor volleyball net is it's portability as it can be setup outdoors in places such as the beach, park, school grass field, or even the backyard of your home. When your all done playing with your volleyball mates, you can take apart the court and pack it away for the next volleyball match.

The Spectrum Classic, one of the models offered by Park N Sun Sports includes:

  • 2” 2-piece telescopic, push button (the push button allows you set the proper height adjustments, see below), aluminum poles
  • Three height adjustments: 8' Men, 7'8” Co-ed, 7'4-1/8” Women
  • 3' x 32' professional sleeve net
  • Pull-down guy-line set with handles
  • 4 Steel ground stakes
  • Pre-measured boundary lines with corner anchors
  • Boundary line winder
  • Storage bag for all the above
  • Volleyball not included

After I picked up the Spectrum Classic from my local sports store and headed directly to my favourite beach setup it up. Luckily for me, I was able to find a grass field at the beach that would accommodate the size of my volleyball court and let the fun begin. My first time setting up the net was extremely painful as it took me about 35 minutes. I am writing this guide to help you ensure that your volleyball court setup is seamless and not so time consuming.

Here are the steps in setting up your outdoor volleyball court:

  1. Unwind the boundary line and lay it out onto the grass field as it should make a perfect rectangle shape.
  2. After laying out the boundary line, go to each corner and push the anchors into the grass surface.
  3. Look for the two red center markers on your boundary lines as this marks where the volleyball poles should be placed.
  4. Take 2 stakes and hammer the stakes into the ground. The shakes should be about 2-2.5 feet away from the center marker and placed on a 45 degree angle against the marker. The stakes should form a V shape. Repeat again on the other side for the other stakes.
  5. Attach the guy-line to the stakes by placing the guy-line's loop under the stake head. Repeat again for the other guy-line's loop into the other stake. Run to the other set of stakes on the other side of the boundary and repeat.
  6. Unroll the volleyball net and flatten it out onto the playing surface. Untangle the net if necessary. The net should be attached to the poles already. Lay one of the poles down onto the playing surface (place it close to the red center marker on the boundary line) and do the same for the other pole.
  7. Take the one of the poles and look for the hook on the side of the pole. This is the top part of the pole. Press the button to adjust the height of the net as the plug should snap into place for one of the 3 holes. The bottom hole is for women's, middle hole for co-ed, and top hole for men's height. Once it snaps into the proper hole, repear for the second pole. Make sure the plug is setup in the same hole for both poles.
  8. Take one of the poles and attach the guy-line attached to the 2 stakes and clip it into the hook on the pole. Stand the pole upright and the placement of the pole should be about 12 inches away from the red center marker and the pole should be on the outside of the boundary line. The pole should be in line with the center marker. Also, ensure that the hook is facing away from the boundary line, not facing towards the boundary line.
  9. Pull on the handles on the guy-line to ensure that the pole can remain standing without holding it up yourself. This guy-line does not have to be set at maximum tension at this moment, but enough so that the pole remains upright.
  10. Repeat the 2 steps above. Once the second pole is upright, pull hard on the handles on the guy-line to ensure that the tension on the net will be tight on one side. Run over to the other pole and do the same thing.
  11. Adjust the guy-lines as necessary to ensure the net is tight and the poles are standing up vertically and not on an angle. If it is on an angle, adjust the tension on the guy-lines. If needed, you may need to adjust the distance of the volleyball net as well. Setting the proper tension and getting the poles to stand vertically takes practice, so keep practicing.
  12. Get your volleyball out and start playing. You have just finished setting up your volleyball court.

This setup would take about 10-15 minutes by yourself if you have experience doing it. If you have no experience setting it up may take you 30 minutes. If you have others helping you, then the setup time may be less.

Hope this article helps you in setting up your portable outdoor volleyball net.
Happy playing.


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      Amy 6 years ago

      Please show some pictures of the guy lines set up and attached,we can't figure out how to do it because they don't even reach the ground!!?? Help

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      hpan 7 years ago

      thanks for the article! it'd be really helpful to have pics for each step, if you ever get the chance :)

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      sportyfunster 7 years ago from Canada

      Hey volleyball-jumper

      No, I love the set and it was worth the money to buy. I've had this set for about 8 years now so it is definitely worth the investment and haven't had any problems with it. I will eventually replace the rope boundaries as it is getting worn out, but that is a small cost.

      It doesn't take up too much space in your car, but the length of it is about 8-9 feet. I would say it would be fine for long trips. Just hope that you have enough space in your vehicle.

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      volleyball-jumper 7 years ago

      hi thanks for the info i have a questions though

      is there anything that you did not like about this volleyball court?

      and also ,i know its nice to have it set up anywhere,so is it good for long trips?

      take care and thanx for the info

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      sportyfunster 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks everyone for the comments.

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      Betty Reid 7 years ago from Texas

      With any luck, someone other than me will set up the volleyball court. Thanks for the instructions, just in case.

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      Moses Okocha 8 years ago

      I always loved volleyball, great hub

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      StricktlyDating 8 years ago from Australia

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