Volleyball Net Height

What's the height of the volleyball net?

The volleyball net height varies for the men and women. According to

the official rules for indoor courts the men's net height should be

set at 7 feet 11 5/8 inches (almost feet 8' 0"). 

For the women the net should be set at seven feet four 1/8

inches (7' 4 1/8" ).

There are also official net heights based on players belonging to

different age groups.

The net height is lower for players age 11 to 15 and its lower for

ages 45, 55 and 75.

What's The Official Net Height?

At the end of the 1800s, when William G. Morgan first invented

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. 

Today for the men, the official volleyball net height which is

measured starting at the top of the net, in the center of the court

to the ground, should be seven (7) feet 11 5/8 inches.  

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.

Above the two sidelines, the net height has to be exactly the

same and "can't exceed the official height by more than 2 cm


Net Height Changes With Variations of the Game

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

and changed to lend itself to the competitiveness and

physicality needed for each version of the game.  

Volleyball Net Height For Nine Person Volleyball

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 Net Height

Sitting volleyball is another version of the indoor game...with court

size, net height and some rule modifications that allow

disabled individuals to play the game competitively. 

While the net dimensions remain the same as those of indoor

competitions, in sitting volleyball the court is smaller at 10 x 6


Instead of a three meter line, which we call our ten foot line in

the US competitions, in sitting volleyball, they play with a two-

meter attack line. 

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

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

traditional rotation process for six man volleyball. 

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

coed matches. 

Coed Reverse

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.  

In coed reverse doubles, the females play on the left side and

stay in the front court in defense going to the net to block.

Male teammates play on the right side and have the setting

responsibilities and defense tasks in the back court. 

The official net height for reverse coed is the same as the

women's official height, which 7 feet 4 1/8 inches. 

Things that make you go "Hmmm!" Starting to make sense now?

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