If you’ve got plenty of space in your backyard and you like to play sand volleyball, then you might as well build your own sand volleyball court! Unless you live right by a beach or a park that has sand volleyball courts installed already, then your house will be the most popular in the neighborhood when the weekends roll around.
But before you get too excited, just know that this is not a cheap or easy process. If you want to build the court yourself, you will need a lot of equipment and manpower to get the job done. If you are hiring someone to do the job from start to finish, be sure your checking account has plenty of money in it. Depending on where you live, you might be able to get a sand volleyball court built properly for around $5,000, plus or minus a couple thousand dollars.
Here is what building a sand volleyball court entails:
1. Measure your sand volleyball court
If you’re just playing sand volleyball with your friends, then you don’t have to be exact on your measurements. Typically, courts are about 25-feet by 50-feet, and you have to be sure to leave a little extra room for spectators and for players who will be running out of bounds to chase the ball. Use some rope or paint to measure out your dimensions, so you can get a visual of how big the court will be, and how much space it will take up in your yard.
You will likely need to rent some equipment, because you have to dig out around 1-3 feet of dirt for your sand court. Once the sand is dumped in, you’ll need to contain your excitement because it will look like a giant sandbox! Depending on how serious you are, and what your budget fits, you may consider putting in a drainage system so your court doesn’t turn into a mud pit when it rains. There are guides to help you accomplish that, but it is time consuming and costly.
3. Install your poles
Measure out where you want to install your poles and make sure they are even. This could take a day or two, because you need to concrete them in the ground and allow them to completely set. Make sure you install them deep enough into the ground where they will be sturdy enough to hold some force. People will be leaning on them and swinging on them, whether you want them to or not. You definitely don’t want to have to stop a game because a pole came out of the ground.
4. String out your net and set boundaries
Once the poles are set up, you are ready to get the net up and set your boundaries. Don’t buy a cheap net, because they won’t hold up in the elements and you will likely have to buy one every couple months. If you invest in a good net, it will look nicer and will hold up for at least a couple years. You can make your boundaries by painting or chalking defined lines, or you can just make the grassy area be your boundaries. At this point, it’s your house and your court, so you can make the rules.
5. Gather your friends and play
Whether you hired a professional to build your entire court, or whether you did a lot of it yourself, your family and friends won’t care. To them, having a place to play sand volleyball is a lot more important than what the court looks like. As long as you maintain it and prevent weeds from growing in it, then you should have a nice court and a weekend destination spot for years to come.
Of course, this guide sounds like building a sand volleyball court is a breeze. It’s a lot more difficult than it sounds. Unless you have the proper equipment and experience with building things like this, then you may be better off hiring someone. A backyard sand volleyball court doesn’t have to be perfect, but it has to be functional and safe to ensure your friends will always have a good time when they come over to play.