Volleyball Post from a Tire
Step By Step Assembly of the Tire Volleyball Post
Old-fashioned Portable Volleyball Posts
This is an old-fashioned volleyball standard - the kind my teachers at Keene Public School used to make. I hear they are banned from public schools now, but they're still around out there. Some kid inevitably turned one on its side and rolled it over his foot, his parents following up with a successful lawsuit. That's how everything good gets banned. But, if you're not afraid of lawyers and have at least a teaspoon of brains so you don't run over yourself with this big concrete tire, then this one works great. It's portable, holds the net tight and is cheap to build.
Simply lay two tires with a little tread on them flat on the ground. Get good tread. You don't want the wire from the steel belts sticking out and scraping someone. Prop up whatever poles you're using - metal or wooden - in the center of the tire and tie it off so it won't jiggle while the concrete is curing.
Mix up a couple of bags of concrete mix in a wheelbarrow. Make it a little thin so it will flow up inside the tire well. If you only fill it up halfway double the mix; 3/4 of the way, add another bag. You'll have to estimate (I'm sorry, I didn't promise there'd be no math involved).
Once the concrete is cured, you can lay the pole over and drill holes for installing 3 eyebolts on each. Drill one at 7' 11 5/8" above the ground for men's volleyball; one at 7'4" for women's volleyball and a bottom one at 2 feet to stretch the net downward and make it tight. Feed the eyebolts into the holes.
Now all you have to do is place the poles on either side of the center of a large flat area 30 feet wide by 60 feet long. Tie on the net, blow up your ball and you're ready to go.