- Volleyball (ball)
A volleyball is a
ballused to play indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, or other less common variations of the sport. Volleyballs are round and traditionally consist of eighteen nearly rectangular panels of synthetic or genuine leather, arranged in six identical sections of three panels each, wrapped around a bladder. However, in 2008, the FIVBadopted as its official indoor ball a new Mikasawith dimples and only eight panels for a softer touch and truer flight. [cite web|title=New Volleyball Set For Olympics|url=http://www.spikemag.com.au/?section=blog&bid=45] A valve permits the internal air pressureto be adjusted.
"Indoor volleyballs" are designed for the indoor version of the sport, and "beach volleyballs" for the beach game.
Indoor volleyballs may be solid white or a combination of three different easily distinguishable colors. They are made in two versions: the youth version is slightly smaller than the standard version to accommodate children's use.
Beach volleyballs have a heavier
weightthan standard indoor balls and they are slightly larger, have a rougher external texture, and a lower internal pressure. They may be brightly colored or solid white.
= Brands =
There are several brands of competitive volleyballs in use, including, but not limited to:
Most of these brands also make cheaper variations for recreational (non-competitive) use.
*Mikasa makes the official balls of
FIVB(beach and indoor).
*Molten makes the official ball of USA Volleyball (indoor).
*Wilson makes the official ball of the AVP (beach).
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