The first step in choosing the right volleyball net is to decide on what skill level best describes your level of play:
Recreational: If you play backyard ball for your Fourth of July picnic and then put the net away for the rest of the year, you will be best suited with an entry level net. These nets are relatively low in cost and provide all of the basic equipment you need to get started.
Competitive: If you’re more competitive, use the net regularly throughout the summer, a more robust net will be well worth the extra cost. Although more expensive than the recreational level, these nets have quite a few enhancements including more stability, more durable materials, and can take more abuse than a recreational net.
Tournament: If you never get enough volleyball and are using the net multiple times per week, a high quality net is exactly what you’re looking for. The tournament level net has much thicker poles, webbing straps instead of ropes, and tension straps. These amenities provide a net that is rock solid with no sags or dips in the net. These nets are designed to take years of heavy use.
The Cobra net system is a tournament net offering features no other net can match. The unique Cobra design requires no guy wires to use making it the safest net on the market. To use the Cobra net, 2 stakes are driven into the ground with a 6lb sledge hammer until they are firmly set. The poles the slide over these stakes, the net is hung, and the game begins. No guy wires = no trip hazard. This design allows the Cobra to be used on grass or sand.
Each Cobra System includes:
Adjustable high-strength poles
Guide Plate & Protector Cap (for driving stakes)
Heavy Duty Carrying Bag
A rope boundary line is used for grass volleyball courts. Rope boundary lines come in a variety of colors, with yellow being the most common as it is most visible against green grass. Most boundary lines come with permanent loops in the corners for attaching a metal anchor. More expensive sets come with bungee cords for each corner. These bungee cords move the metal stakes further off the court and provide additional elasticity to the boundary line to help reduce injuries. Boundary lines are available in 2 sizes. 30’x60’ are used when 3 or more players are on each team. 26.2’x52.2’ (8m x 16m) are used for doubles play.
A tape boundary line is used when playing on sand and depending on preference, may be used on grass. Like the rope boundary lines, tape is available in a variety of colors, but in this case, blue is the most common color. The tape boundary line is preferred on sand as it maintains an even line on the uneven sand. The added width also helps keep the line in place and helps reveal the impact line from the ball. The tape is held in place using bungee cords attached at the corners and anchored with metal stakes on the other end. Many tape boundary lines are adjustable to either court size, depending on your preference.