Most popular volleyball net systems are steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber. Steel systems are the most popular net systems available.
Steel systems are sturdy and strong systems.
Aluminum systems have the advantage of being light weight and easier to set up and take down. Carbon fiber systems have the combination of being both sturdy and convenient.
The design of these traditional volleyball system is preferred internationally and used in top collegiate programs.
Does the net system meet USAV and NCAA specifications? The entire net system meets all NCAA, National High School Federation, and USAV rules.
Do you have to mess with pins? Many systems are difficult to use because of pin adjustments.
Do the poles have an easy to read adjustment scale?
Steel vs Aluminum. Steel net systems are often better, but not always.
Telescoping poles. The telescope system allows easier adjustment of net height.
The lighter than aluminum design and windup internal net height adjustment allows for a fast and easy set up and teardown.
Is the net system very popular? The most popular nets are usually the best. If your local high schools, colleges, and area club volleyball programs are all using the same net system, then it's probably a good net. Many universities have a common net system that is used by many top collegiate programs across the U.S. and is designed to be functional for many years.
Does the system provide superior rigidity and convenience? Is court set up and take down a big hassle? If you are using a gym that's used for other sports, you'll likely have to put the net up before practice and take it down afterwards. If you're constantly setting up the net and taking it down, it's best that you consider volleyball net systems that are convenient to use.
Do the cords maximize net tension? Other than net height, net tension is a very important net characteristic. Tension is important because you don't want a loose wavy net. If the net has good strong tension, the ball will easily rebound out of the net. A loose net is also frustrating for volleyball players because with the net moving a lot, players often get caught in the net. This usually results in whistle violations and can also be hazardous.