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Volleyball Court Dimensions

Volleyball court dimensions for USAV, NCAA, and National Federation. 

            Do you know the correct court dimensions?

Not just officials, but also coaches should know the correct volleyball court dimensions. 

Know the Correct Volleyball Court Dimensions

NCAA 
The playing court is 18 meters (59 feet) long by 9 meters (29 feet, 6 inches) wide. 

USAV 
The court dimensions ofr each team's side are 8x8 (26"3") square feet. The length of each short diagonal is subsequently 11.31m (37'1") and that of the long diagonal is 17.89m (58'8"). 

National Federation 
The court shall be 60 feet (18 meters) long and 30 feet (9 meters) wide, measured to the outer edges of the boundary lines. 

Volleyball Court Dimensions

Playing Surface

NCAA 
The playable surface consists of the court & at least 2 meters surrounding it, which must be flat & smooth. Additional playing area can have a lower surface by up to ½” as long as both surfaces are safe. 

USAV 
Entire playing surface must be flat, horizontal, & uniform (e.g. playing surface ends at the edge of the Sport Court). The ball may be retrieved from beyond the free zone when the surface is lower by up to ½” or less and the entire area surrounding the court is free of obstructions. 

National Federation 
There must be at least 6 feet (preferably 10 feet) of unobstructed space outside the boundary lines. The court and the adjacent playable area must be flat, smooth and free of obstructions other than required equipment and padding. 

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Centerline

NCAA 
May have any or all of the following characteristics: 
• A solid (uninterrupted) line. 
• A solid interrupted line: 4-inch line, 2-inch break, 4-inch line, 2-inch break, etc. 
• A shadow-bordered line with .64-centimeter (¼-inch) borders. 

USAV 
Must be a solid line. 

National Federation 
May be solid or shadow-bordered. The border or outlines must be at least ¼” wide and within the total 2” width. 


Crossing the Centerline

NCAA 
Player can touch opponent’s court with feet or hands, providing some part of extremity is on or above the center line. Players may also touch the opponent’s court with an entire foot or hand or any other body part(s), provided the encroachment does not present a safety hazard, does not interfere with the opponents, and some body part is on/over the center line. 

USAV 
Player can touch opponent’s court with feet providing some part of foot/feet is in contact with or directly above the center line, and the penetration does not interfere with the opponents' play. Players may touch the opponent’s court with any body part above the feet provided the penetration does not interfere with the opponent’s play. 

National Federation 
Player can touch opponent’s court with feet or hands, providing some part of the extremity is on or above the center line. 


Playing Restrictions

NCAA 
A player must be touching the playable surface to legally play a ball over a non-playable area. 

USAV 
Ball may be retrieved from beyond the free zone when the surface change is lower by ½” or less and the area is free of obstructions. 

National Federation 
A player must be touching the playable surface to legally play a ball over a non-playable area. 


Attack Line Extensions

NCAA 
Required. 

USAV 
Required for nationally sanctioned competitions, optional for other competitions. 

National Federation 
Not addressed. 


Overhead Clearance - Volleyball Court Dimensions

NCAA 
12.5 meters (41 ft.) is recommended. For new facilities put into use after 2006, 7.62 meters (25 ft.) is required. 

USAV 
For nationally sanctioned competition, 7.01 meters (23 ft.) is required, & is recommended for all other competitions. 

National Federation 
At least 23 feet (7 meters) is recommended. 


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