Playing volleyball but don't know how big it is or what's the dimension of the court! That sounds so much awkward. As a volleyball player, you need to know the dimension or size of the court where you are playing and having a lot of fun. A volleyball court is 18 meters in length and 9 meters in width and there are six positions in the court for the players.
According to the International Volleyball Federation or FIVB, the regulation size of a volleyball court is 59 feet or 18 meters long and 29.5 feet or 9 meters wide. Each side of the volleyball court measures 9 meters by 9 meters square. This size of the court is applicable to both men and women players.
Volleyball court dimensions
The regulation size of a volleyball court remains the same doesn't matter whether you are playing professional or junior level games. From the college level to the professional level, you will find the same size as a volleyball court. It may differ a bit in the case of the high school volleyball court.
Standard dimension of volleyball court
If you want to measure the volleyball court in a round figure then you can say a volleyball court is 60 feet long and 30 feet wide. But the exact dimension of a volleyball court is 59 feet or 18 meters long and 29.5 feet or 9 meters wide. The whole court is divided into two parts. Players of two teams stand in their part and try to ground the volleyball on the opposition's court. Around the court area, there is an area designed as a free zone. It is made 10 feet on all sides. So the entire court area measures 80 feet long and 50 feet wide.
I have already mentioned that the volleyball court is divided into two parts. And the division is done by a net. A volleyball court is divided equally into two sides by a net. Each side of the court then measures 30 feet in length and 30 feet in width too, which is 9 by 9 in meters.
The net is one meter wide and is set up from the middle of on sideline exactly to the opposite same sideline position. Thus the length of the court is increased by the use of this one-meter wide net. The court then measures a total length of 11 meters. So the usage of this net also affects the dimension of a volleyball court.
Though the court size for men and women volleyball players is the same, the net that changes the dimension of the court is not set up at the same height for men and women. In men's games, the net is placed at the height of 2.43 meters from the ground. Whereas, the net used in women's game are set up 2.24 meters high from the ground.
Well, we have already come to know that a volleyball court is divided into two equal halves. But there is another division that is noticed in each part of the court. Each side or part of the court has two zones. These are attack zone or front zone and defense zone or back zone.
The attack zone or front zone is measured from the net towards the middle of the court. The measurement of the attack zone is 3 meters by 9 meters. In this zone, the three attackers who are looking to ground the ball into the oppositions side stands. The remaining area of the court is known as the defensive zone or back zone. This zone measures 6 meters by 9 meters.
Players serve from the back zone position or even outside of the area. The actual service position is a 3-meter section at the right side of the backline at both ends of the court. You don't need to think that the players of the attack zone and defense zone can't change their positions. During the game, every player can change their positions according to the demand of shots. The ceiling height in the indoor volleyball court should be 23 feet minimum. The higher ceilings are always preferable in the gameplay.
Beach volleyball court size
Regulation court size of volleyball court is a bit different in beach volleyball. According to NCCA and FIVB, the dimension a beach volleyball court is 16 meters or 52.6 feet by 8 meters or 26.3 feet. USA volleyball and NCCA demands of having a free space of 6 meters or 20 feet around the court.
But FIVB didn't demand such definite free space for the court. According to them, the free zone of the court should measure from 5 meters or 16 feet to 6 meters or 20 feet. Another thing that you need to look for the beach volleyball court is the depth of the sands inside and outside of the court. The recommended depth of the sand inside the court is 18 inches and outside the court or in free zone the depth should be 12 inches.
You will find three kinds of players in a volleyball game. They are setter, hitters and defenders. Depending on the playing characters of the players and their roles in the game there are six positions identified in the court. These positions are given below.
- Outside hitter
- Right side hitter
- Opposite hitter
- Middle blocker
So a volleyball court is 59 feet or 18 meters long and 29.5 feet or 9 meters wide. And there are six positions in the court for the players.