Installing a Volleyball Court in Your Backyard

Installing and setting up a volleyball court in your backyard is not as difficult as you imagine it to be. Having it set up correctly is the basic starting point. Having the boundaries marked and the net set up properly takes time. It is not difficult to install and set up the volleyball court and start playing if you know the game’s regulations. Follow the simple step-by-step guide below to install your volleyball court.

Tools and Materials Needed for the Job

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Sledge Hammer
  • 22 nos. 8ft 2 x 4 Lumber (Pressure-Treated)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Sand
  • 2 nos. 12ft Fence Poles
  • Volleyball Net
  • Rebar
  • Stake
  • String
  • Drilling Machine

Step 1 – Measure the Court Area

Measure out your backyard area for the volleyball court. The standard regulation court size is 59ft x 29ft.

Step 2 – Measure the String for Marking the Measurements

Measure the string with a measuring tape of the court dimensions, then cut them out. This is to mark out the volleyball court in the next step.

Step 3 – Mark Out the Measurement

To mark out the measurements of the volleyball court, drive a stake into the 4 corners with a sledge hammer. To mark the measurements accurately, tie a string that you have cut out in step 2 onto them first stake. Drive it into the ground. Then, take hold of the string and straighten it. Drive the second stake, with a string tied onto it, into the ground at the end of the first string. Repeat this process for the other stakes that you are going to drive for the remaining corners until you arrive at your starting point. Keep the string in its place as you will use it as a guide for ground digging.

Step 4 – Clean Out the Area inside the String

Clean out the area of the court inside the strings where you have marked. Remove any leaves and debris with a rake. Make sure that any obstacles are removed and cleaned before you start digging the ground.

Step 5 – Dig and Remove Dirt

Dig 6 inches deep into the dirt with a shovel. The purpose of digging the dirt is to let you lay the court.

Step 6 – Place the Sand

After digging and removing the dirt, place and dump the sand into the area that you have dug with a shovel. 

Step 7 – Spread the Sand Out

Have the sand spread out throughout the entire area that is being marked off. This step does not need to be perfect as the sand will spread out on its own when you start using this court to play volleyball.

Step 8 – Install the Fence Poles

Install the 2 12ft fence poles by driving them into the ground on both sides of the court. Make sure that you install them in the center of the 59ft side of the volleyball court. Allow 7ft of the fence poles to protrude out.

Step 9 – Line the Volleyball Court with Lumber

Have a hole drilled through either side of 8ft 2 x 4 lumber with a drill. Then, line the volleyball court with the lumber. The lumber can also be excluded if sand is preferred as a playing surface to replicate beach volleyball.

Step 10 – Secure the Lumber

Secure the lumber by driving the rebar into the holes you drilled into the lumber in step 9, and driving it to the ground. Make sure that the rebar is driven into lumber far enough so that it will not be seen above it.

Step 11 – Install the Volleyball Net

Install the net with the hardware that is supplied.