It’s no secret that athletes are dedicated to their sport, and consistent practice is a part of staying sharp. However, beach volleyball players are at a bit of a disadvantage, as weather changes make outdoor sand courts temporarily unavailable. They could practice on a regular indoor court, but learning to move on the sand is critical. If you want to give athletes the facilities they need and make long-term customers, learn how to build an indoor volleyball sand court.
Finding a Facility
Your first job is to find a space to host an indoor court, which must be at least 23 feet tall. The size of the facility depends on the type of courts you want to set up and how many you want to include. Remember that you’ll need at least three to host official events, and the dimensions of recreational and competition courts differ.
If you’re struggling to find a facility that meets these requirements or don’t want to have to pay rent in perpetuity, installing a fabric structure over your outdoor court may be the best option. One of the main components of a fabric structure is its membrane, which is typically built to block UV rays and withstand harsh weather.
Dimensions and Configuration
In terms of configuration, you don’t have to worry about which direction your court is facing because the sun won’t minimize visibility indoors. However, all official courts should be 16 by 8 meters. Women’s nets should be 2.24 meters high, and men’s nets should be 2.43 meters high. Clearance space differs depending on the competition level. Clearance space for juniors should be 3 meters, collegiate 4.5 meters, and professionals 6 meters.
Dig, Frame, and Fill Your Court
Your next job is to determine whether you want your court to be in-ground or above-ground. An above-ground court should be about 1.5 feet deep, while an in-ground should be 3 feet. If you’re working with a pre-built facility, you likely won’t have a choice, but you will need to deepen the flooring. Before you start filling in your sand, you must frame your court with anchored poles, ideally with aluminum or stainless steel.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about sand drainage for an indoor facility, but you still have to consider the quality of your sand. If you want to build a quality indoor volleyball sand court, the sand itself should be gravel free so athletes don’t scrape themselves while sliding, and it should produce minimal dust. Remember, once the court is filled, your poles should be padded and free of guy wires.
Final Set Up
Once you’re done framing and filling your court, you can set up your boundary lines and hang the net. Regardless of whether you plan to host official events, you at least need locker rooms and a seating area so athletes can relax and cool down. If you want to host events, you’ll have to ensure plenty of room outside the clearance space to provide seating for spectators. When everything’s set up and ready to go, you can open your doors with confidence and get ready to see some very happy athletes.