The volleyball net height varies for the men and women. According to
For the women the net should be set at seven feet four 1/8
inches (7' 4 1/8" ).
the sport, he initially established the original volleyball net height at six
feet six inches.
Since the sport was introduced first to the YMCA, the Young Men's
Christian Association, only men were playing the game so the first net
height was pretty low compared to the height it is today.
For those who use the metric system, that's 2.43 meters.
The women's volleyball net height, who's measurements are taken the
same way, from the center of the net is officially 7 feet four 4 1/8 inches.
In meters that reads, 2.24m.
The height of the net is measured from the center of the playing court.
With time, different variations of the game developed, from coed
to reverse coed to the development of championships and leagues
for maturing senior age divisions for players in their 40s, 50s, 60s and
With these variations in the game, the volleyball net height evolved
For example, in the Asian community, in the very popular nine person
vs nine person game, not only is the court larger, but the official
volleyball net height, is lower at 243 cm.
Sitting volleyball is another version of the indoor game...with court
competitions, in sitting volleyball the court is smaller at 10 x 6
In the men's sitting competition, the official volleyball net height is
1.15m while for the women it's 1.05 meters which is approximately three
and a half feet.
Coed volleyball is played with two, four or six male and female players
on one team playing against the same number of players with the
same team composition on an opposing team.
In coed fours and sixes, the men play in the front row and the women
play in the back row, all the time, with no rotation of the sexes in the
In coed doubles, or two vs two, the men play on the left side, the power
side, with the primary responsibilities of staying at the net to hit in
offense and to block on defense.
The women play on the right side, always, and their job is to stay
back row to play defense and to set their male partner when their
team is on offense.
Passive vs, aggressive...wow even in volleyball. Who knew?
Coed volleyball and men's volleyball both have the same official
net height at 7 feet 11 5/8 inches.
Easy to see why, since in these versions of the game, the "big" men are
front row always hitting and blocking at the net, which for the smaller
female players isn't even a factor since the rules state the women play
only in the back row.
In many intramural and rec leagues, players will set the coed
volleyball net height somewhere between the men's official height and
the women's height.
Women are jumping and hitting much harder and higher now so the
makeshift net height makes the game even more competitive during
Speaking of women, hitting harder and blocking bigger ..this led to the
variation of the game called coed reverse.
In reverse coed competition, women play front row and men play
back row on a team of four or six players playing against an opposing
team of four or six players.
As you can imagine, now the roles are "reversed."
The females play the power game, staying in the front row with the
blocking responsibilities when their team is on defense and maintain the
primary hitting responsibilities when on offense.
The men can hit from the back row but primary hitting responsibilities are
held by the females in the front row.
Male teammates play on the right side and have the setting
responsibilities and defense tasks in the back court.
Things that make you go "Hmmm!" Starting to make sense now?
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