Volleyball is a fun and fast-paced sport to watch and play. Our two older girls (ages 13 and 10) are enjoying playing this year – honing their technique and learning new skills alongside friends.
Now that I spend many hours watching practices and games, I often wish that I had tried out for volleyball in middle school or high school. In fact, I always look forward to the school’s “parent volleyball night” at the end of the season. Ask me to play volleyball and I will answer with an enthusiastic “YES!”
WHERE TO SHOP FOR VOLLEYBALL GEAR
For extracurricular sports (whether in club or at school), we have found that DICK’s is a reliable place to find sporting clothes, shoes, and equipment. They tend to have everything in one place so you can try on multiple items to get the sizing just right.
Also – pause right there and read this – the best thing about shopping at DICK’s is that that offer a BEST PRICE GUARANTEE. If you find a lower price, they will match it! Don’t stop in at your local DICK’s and then go home and buy the product on Amazon. Instead, show a store associate the competing price and make your purchase on the spot.
Below we’ve spotlighted some volleyball-related products. Some of the products were sent to us to try. Other products are ones that we purchased ourselves or were given by family members and friends. Know that I will always provide both the pros and cons of each featured product. I will also edit this page annually with new remarks to ensure that you hear about volleyball products beyond the “honeymoon stage.”
There are only a handful of brands that sell volleyball-specific shoes for women. The most common are: Adidas, ASICS, Mizuno, Nike, and Under Armour. Prices range from $35-$120+.
Volleyball shoes offer better traction and grip. They are specifically designed for use on a slick court to keep players from slipping on the surface and to allow for more control when moving and jumping. As a result, the shoes can feel a bit on the snug side.
- BUY Women’s Wave Bolt 7 Volleyball Shoes
For new players, a volleyball pal or assistant can come in handy. With this apparatus, players can practice serving at home and in the yard – without running after the ball each time. This is also great for small spaces or yards where you might not have room to serve without disturbing the neighbors.
- BUY Tandem Volleyball Pal
On most volleyball teams, any athletic-style clothing will do – tees, tank tops, short or long-sleeve athletic shirts, or athletic shorts. In general, shorts are more commonly worn than capris or leggings to accommodate knee pads. Some clubs require or recommend wearing spandex shorts, while school teams (especially in lower grades) may have less stringent requirements.
When it comes to volleyballs, you’ll want to consider whether you want a 12u volleyball (which are softer balls designed for younger girls who are learning to play) or the official size. The Mikasa VQ 2000 Plus is made from a soft composite leather and a butyl bladder, which means it is is easier on the arms while also offering durability.
- BUY VQ 2000 Plus Indoor Volleyball
For younger girls, the Contigo AUTOSEAL Chill is terrific because it has a convenient carrying handle and an easy, hygienic pop-open lid. The Couture Thermalock may appeal to older players with its sleek and sophisticated design. Note that the Couture has a wide enough spout for filling with ice cubes to keep water chilled through the entire practice or game.
Stay tuned for more of our family’s favorite volleyball products! We’ll add more clothes, shoes, bags, and gear as we stumble upon other great products for young volleyball athletes.