The Ball Used In Volleyball

The Official Volleyball Ball


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.

What Brands of the Ball Used in Volleyball
Are The Most Popular?

Several volleyball ball manufacturers have grown in prominence and

popularity in the last 50 years.

Volleyball Ball Tachikara

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

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.

How are Tachikara balls made? 

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

stitching them. 

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.

Tachikara Ball Models

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

ball control.

Source: Tachikara

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


Source: Tachikara

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.

Source; Tachikara

Volleyball Ball Mikasa

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

volleyball events.

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

including the

  • Men's Under-21 Junior World Championships
  • the Women's Under-20 Junior World Championships
  • the Boys Under-19 Youth World Championships
  • the Girls' Under-18 Youth World Championships

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. 

It All Starts With The Ball

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

Meet Mikasa Athlete Sara Hughes

American pro beach volleyball Mikasa athlete and USA Volleyball

Olympic hopeful Sara Hughes talks about the VLS300 and life as a pro

beach player

Source: Mikasa Sports

Mikasa Ball Models

Fifth place finisher in the London Olympics, Italian pro beach volleyball

player Marta Menegatti talks about the Mikasa VLS300

Volleyball Ball Molten

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


Molten the Ball Used in Volleyball Competition During the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Playoffs 

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

Rican volleyball.

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


Source: @MoltenUSA

Volleyball Ball Wilson

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.

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