Just what are the characteristics of the ball used in volleyball?
Always round, the indoor ball is made of leather or plastic and
usually has anywhere from 8 to 18 rectangular shaped panels that are
placed in various sections and are wrapped around the bladder.
Several volleyball ball manufacturers have grown in prominence and
popularity in the last 50 years.
Best known for their colorful balls, funny ads and innovative
commercials, Tachikara is a 96-year-old Japanese company that
produces volleyball balls and balls for other sports along with
specialized athletic equipment.
The Tachikara SV-5W is the official ball used in volleyball competition
in the NAIA.
The NAIA college volleyball ball specifications for this ball are:
Circumference: 25.6 - 26.4 in./65.02 - 67.06 cm.
Weight: 9.1 - 9.8 oz./257.98 - 277.83 g
Cover: Premium Leather
Construction: Dual Bladder Construction Bladder: Butyl
New Tachikara vball. Flash sale today only - $20 introductory price. Learn about new T-TEC Micro-Leather. https://t.co/38OWLUyJyp— Tachikara (@Tachikara) July 14, 2016
According to Mike Campbell, NAIA Vice President for Marketing and
Corporate Partnerships "Tachikara is a special partner and supporter
of the NAIA and consistently delivers quality products and exceptional
customer service to our member institutions."
Tachikara has renewed their partnership with the NJCAA, and is now the
ball used in volleyball tournaments and matches in the National
Junior College Athletic Association until 2020.
62 years ago, Tachikara used new technology to produce a seamless
ball which revolutionized the sporting good industry.
Previously, sporting good manufacturers produced their balls by hand
Tachikara wanted to set themselves apart from their volleyball ball
brands, which they did by "pioneering their proprietary Single Unit
Construction method for manufacturing of athletic balls to improve the
spherical shape, air retention, rebound, and overall durability."
Tachikara has sought to elevate their volleyball ball brand by
positioning their company as an innovative leader that uses cutting-
edge design, manufacturing, materials and supply of innovative and
quality products with unparalleled values to propel the brand to a
respected and empowered position within the industry.
The 5W-PRIME is a competition-level indoor volleyball made by
Tachikara, USA. It features our new T-TEC Micro-Leather, which has been
engineered for enhanced tactile playing experience and increased
The Tachikara SV18S volleyball features improved woven-fiber 'v100'
composite material over a select cotton reinforcement to provide a soft
and consistent touch. Built using durable Single Unit Construction®
method makes it an affordable and reliable volleyball in several team
The Tachikara SV5W -Gold, according to the company " The very best is
now even better! Our flagship model volleyball has been upgraded to
feature Dual Bladder Construction (DBC®), Tachikara's latest innovation
in patented manufacturing methods and technologies. Our select
premium leather cover and dual internal bladders greatly enhances the
overall control, performance and responsiveness of this volleyball at the
highest levels of competitive play.
Mikasa is the ball used in volleyball competitions, both indoor and
beach that are sponsored by the Fédération Internationale de
Volleyball, also known as the FIVB.
Besides being the international governing body for the sport of
volleyball the FIVB's main activity is to plan and organize worldwide
They also are responsible for defining qualification procedures and
developing the formulae of competition for international volleyball
tournaments they organize such as the Olympics, World
Championships, World Grand Champions Cup, World Cup the Men's
World League Tournaments, the Women's World Grand Prix volleyball
Tournaments, Club World Championships and of course the SWATCH
Beach Volleyball World Tour.
They also organize international youth volleyball tournaments
In 2014 and 2015 Mikasa was the title sponsor and sole provider of the
official ball used in the volleyball marquis event held in the city of Long
Beach the World Series of Beach Volleyball.
You are now front row for three points at the World Series of Beach
Volleyball for the Kerri Walsh/April Ross vs German Olympic Gold
medalists Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst.
According to Mikasa "it all starts with the ball."
Mikasa was first founded in Hiroshima, Japan in 1917.
In 1973, the company set up headquarters in California where they
continued establishing their reputation in volleyball.
Mikasa claims to
understand the passion it takes to be an athlete and
their intended goal is to pair that level of passion with the best
technology in order to make the best ball possible.
In 2006, the Federation Internationale de Volleyball and the Mikasa
Corporation entered into a new contract to make MIKASA the official
game ball used in volleyball indoor and beach FIVB
tournaments from 2009 through 2012 starting with the London Olympics.
Source: Mikasa Sports
American pro beach volleyball Mikasa athlete and USA Volleyball
Olympic hopeful Sara Hughes talks about the VLS300 and life as a pro
Source: Mikasa Sports
Fifth place finisher in the London Olympics, Italian pro beach volleyball
player Marta Menegatti talks about the Mikasa VLS300
Founded in 1958 and based in Hiroshima Japan, Molten is one of the
world's largest ball and sports equipment manufacturer.
Molten USA, Inc. was established in 1983 to bring these quality volleyball
sports balls to the U.S. marketplace.
Originally located in Southern California, Molten USA moved to
northern Nevada in 1988.
Four years ago Molten signed a four year contract extension, agreeing
to provide the ball used in volleyball matches sponsored by the
NORCECA ( North, Central American and Caribbean
Volleyball Confederation) Federation through 2014.
In addition to being the official ball used in volleyball matches for
NORCECA competitions, Molten is the official ball of USA volleyball in
addition to numerous state associations, collegiate programs and junior
The National Collegiate Athletic Association selected
Molten as the official championship game volleyball ball of the
NCAA Division I, II and III Women's Championships and the National
Collegiate DI and DIII Men's Volleyball Championship.
The Molten IV58L-N Super Touch volleyball featuring the unique NCAA
inspired blue, silver white color combination is used at all Division I, II
and III Women's Championships.
The NCAA and Molten began their partnership in 2005 and according
to Molten USA president Melissa Dawson "It is obvious that both
partners share common goals and philosophies when supporting the
growing sport of volleyball."
For the record, the NCAA is a member-led nonprofit association of
colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and
athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more
than 1,000 member colleges and universities.
Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA
championships in Divisions I, II and III.
In November 2010, Molten was selected to be the official volleyball
ball by the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation.
For all of its beach and indoor volleyball competitions both parties
agreed to work together to spread the sport of volleyball throughout
the island and to assist in the development of all categories of Puerto
Besides the use of the Molten volleyball ball for the Superior Leagues
and the use of exclusive models for the different minor divisions,
Molten will also be the exclusive ball for all the beach volleyball
Wilson has been very busy these last few years building and expanding
their brand in sand and collegiate volleyball circles.
In a truly original move Wilson has sponsored some of the top American
beach volleyball athletes in the world.
Wilson is proud to sponsor a staff of the top professional volleyball
players in the world, including two-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh-
Jennings, April Ross, Cayley Thurlby, Jake Gibb, and Sean Rosenthal.
This past December, Wilson extended their partnership with three-time
Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh until 2017, the year after she
attempts to earn her fourth Olympic gold medal.
Wilson has been on a spree creating partnerships with the California
Beach Volleyball Association providing the ball used in volleyball
competitions sponsored by the CBVA.
They also joined the AVCA agreeing to provide them with the ball used
in volleyball events in the sand and sponsored by the American
Volleyball Coaches Association.