Setting up a Beach Volleyball Court in the Sand

Whether you decide to install an indoor volleyball court or an outdoor place to play, the addition of a game space of this type can be a great way to enhance your home. A volleyball court provides an excellent spot to host outdoor gatherings when the weather is warm, and it makes for a good way to have fun and get exercise while remaining on the comfort of your own property. You can also build a volleyball court in the sand at a public beach as well. Read on for a brief guide on how to set up a beach volleyball court in the sand.

Tools and Materials

  • Sandy space
  • Measuring tape
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Rope
  • Metal or treated wood poles, at least 10 feet long
  • Cement bases or wire anchors
  • Regulation volleyball net

Step 1 -- Find and Set up the Appropriate Space

Look for a suitable space for your volleyball court. The area should be at least 40 feet by about 60 feet and as flat as possible. Remove any large rocks or other debris in the sandy area. Use the measuring tape to mark off a 30 by 50 foot rectangle. Use lengths of rope to cordon off the area, or dig small trenches along the borders of the court using a shovel.

Step 2 -- Measure, Mark and Dig the Midpoints

The net will need to stretch across the midpoint of the long sides of the court. Mark off the halfway point on both sides by using your measuring tape. Use the shovel to dig a hole about 2 to 3 feet down into the sand until the sand becomes firmer. You'll need to dig deeper in some places than others, but it's important to reach stable sand so that the post for the net will be able to stand up straight.

Step 3 -- Install the Posts

Lay the cement base into the hole and place the post on top of it. Fill in the sand around it and make sure that the post is oriented vertically. If you don't have cement bases, use a set of wire anchors to hold the post in place and completely vertically. Repeat this process for the other midpoint on the opposite side of the court.

Step 4 -- Install the Net

The net should run across the two posts. String the net up carefully, ensuring that it is not too loose or too taut. A men's and coed court net should be 7 feet wide and 11 5/8 inches tall, while a women's net should be 7 feet long and 4 and 1/8 inches tall.

Step 5 -- Clear out the Court

Use the rake to clear out the court and to smooth out the sand if there are any uneven sections. Double check for debris and other potential hazards that may be in the sand before you begin to play volleyball.