How to Tie a Volleyball Net

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Volleyball is becoming more and more famous everyday and, because of that, there are many people who make it their hobby or even their job. If you just discovered this sport you might be wondering how to tie a volleyball net, and how to hang it correctly.

How to Tie a Volleyball Net

Even though it looks difficult and a bit tedious, tying and hanging a volleyball net is very simple, all you need to do is do it a couple of times until you learn how to do it correctly. This could be one of the most important skills you need to master, after all, without a net, there’s no game.

Additionally, if you do it incorrectly, you will not be able to play a correct match of volleyball. A loose net would make the game too easy and unbalanced while, on the other hand, a net that is too tight could be damaged. Here you can see the steps that will help you tie a net.

A close-up image of volleyball net

Step 1: Adjust the Pole’s Height

Before you begin assembling your net, you must first adjust its height. This would be determined by the players who are set to compete in a match. Children’s volleyball, for example, will be lower than adult volleyball; therefore, you will need to adapt it so that it is suited for kids.

Here you can see a list of the required net height for different types of players:

  • The net should be 7 feet and 11 inches tall for male adult players.
  • The net should be 7 feet 4 inches tall for female adult players.
  • The net should be set at a height of 7 feet and 2 inches for elderly players (60 and up).
  • The net should be positioned at a height of 6.6 feet for children.
  • The net should also be placed at a height of 7.4 feet for male teens.
  • The net should be positioned at a height of 6.6 feet for female teens.
  • For wheelchair volleyball, the net should be placed at a height of 4.11 feet.

Step 2: Remove the Floor Tapes and Place Poles

The first step is to look for the net plates that hold the volleyball poles in place. If you can’t discover them, it’s probable that this court isn’t suitable for volleyball. If you locate them, you must remove them by turning through the use of a hex key.

You can find this tool in numerous sport stores or supply stores near you. However, if you don’t have it, you could improvise one with certain items like screwdrivers and bolts. This will be useful until you are able to buy one.

After you manage to remove the floor tapes, you can insert the poles inside of them. Once you do it, you will need to hear a click to know that it has been correctly put. Though, if you don’t hear it, it might be blocked with dirt and you might have to clean it first.

A ball hitting volleyball net

Step 3: Attach the Net Rope and Tighten the Winch

Now, locate the post hooks in the center of each post and attach each side of the rope to a post hook using an effective knot.

For example, you can start by folding the rope into a loop and wrap it around your fingers. Next, pull your fingers out and send the loop through where they were. Lastly, take the loop and pull it. The final result will be a tight knot that allows you to attach it to the post.

The winch must then be tightened. This is as simple as grasping the winch and spinning it until the center of the net reaches the appropriate height. If the winch becomes too difficult and the net remains loose, you can assist yourself by using a tool or asking for help from a teammate.

Step 4: Attach the Net Stripes and Finish the Last Details

The next step will be to install the additional net strips into the poles so that everything is absolutely tight and ready. To tie them, don’t overthink it; just use a simple knot that will keep the stripes in place.

Additionally, you will also need to set the antennas if you are playing professional volleyball (or if you want to play a fair game with your friends). They must be placed on the net’s top at both ends.

How to Tie and Hang an Outdoors Volleyball Net

Not all games of volleyball are played inside of an indoor court, some of them can be played outside, on grass or even sand. Therefore, you need to know how to set up a net when being outdoors. Here you can see the steps on how to do it.

Step 1: Examine the Ground

Things to Look ForDanger
Uneven groundCould cause trips
Rocks and other hard objectsCould cause bruises
Sharp objectsCould cause cuts
TrashCould cause trips, cuts, or bruises

Before starting to set the net, you need to examine the ground and see which place would be best for you and your teammates to play. If the ground is too uneven, the game won’t be fair, and it could lead to trips and injuries. Therefore, you need to be careful when picking a spot.

Step 2: Measure and Mark the Spots

When you find the perfect spot, measure 29.5 feet wide and mark the ends. This will allow you to put the net by using the official court dimensions of volleyball. Additionally, it will allow the net to fully extend.

An image of volleyball net

Step 3: Adjust the Poles and Insert Them Into the Net

You will need to adjust the height of the poles depending on what kind of player is going to play. You can use the list I mentioned before to have a good reference on what height you should use. Then, you need to insert both poles into the net.

Step 4: Connect the Swivel Clip

Connect the swivel clip to the guylines to extend them. Open the top of the swivel clip and hook it through the top net hook. Extend the clip-connected guidelines out and away the court.

Step 5: Dig, and Insert the Poles

In case you are playing on a grass surface, you will need to dig the ground stakes through the guyline. You can help yourself by using a hammer and striking the stakes into the ground. These need to be diagonally towards the court so it has a good support.

On the other hand, if you are playing on the beach, you will need to dig two small holes in the ground. Big enough for the poles to fit, and deep enough for them to be well-supported. Once you have inserted them into the holes, you need to cover the hole with enough sand.

Make sure the poles are stable and sturdy when you are done filling up the holes. While this is not the most official way, it is a quick way to set up your net on the beach without overcomplicating yourself.

Related Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about volleyball nets.

What Happens if the Net Falls in the Middle of a Professional Match?

If the net was tied incorrectly and it falls midgame, the game will have to be paused until the net is tied again. If this happened in a professional match, the last point would be forfeited and the game will get paused.

Can You Use an Outdoor Net Indoors?

No, you cannot use an outdoors net indoors. This is because these nets require to be inserted into the floor, therefore, you would not be able to do it on a hard floor.

On the other hand, you could use it on any surface that is soft, such as dirt and sand.

Can You Play Volleyball With a Broken Net?

No, playing volleyball with a broken net is not advised. However, if you only want to play with a few friends, it isn’t a big deal if the net has some holes in it, or doesn’t reach the recommended height.


The net is one of the most important aspects of volleyball; after all, there would be no match if it did not exist. As a result, understanding how to tie and hang it correctly may be considered a must for most volleyball players.

Alfonso Andrade is an avid sportsman, growing up playing soccer and volleyball. He is a coach and sports analyst, studying the game to analyze performance and help create improvement.