Volleyball involves each athlete running, pivoting, jumping, and diving. In all of these activities, there is a high degree of interaction with the flooring surface.

“These athletes go to 10-15 tournaments a year in their teenage years and they’re playing on concrete floors with plastic court on it. They’re just taking rep after rep and everything’s a jump, everything’s a dive and a roll. This takes its toll. Once they’re in College, they’re 17-18 years old, having to go to physical therapy every day; their knees are shot, their shoulders are shot, they’re just tired.”

— Timothy W. Sanchez, Director of Facilities and Technologies at TK Volleyball

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SOLUTION

With the range of movements performed by each player, volleyball flooring requires the full complement of sports performance characteristics. An effective volleyball surface integrates seamlessly into the match, providing the necessary characteristics with uniformity.

UNDERSTANDING ASTM F2772 SPORTS FLOORING STANDARD AND HOW IT APPLIES TO VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball is a physically demanding sport for athletes, requiring a wide range of motion. When choosing volleyball flooring, the most important consideration is that all the latest sports performance criteria are met, such as the ASTM F2772 sports flooring standard. It incorporates three critical characteristics for volleyball, including force reduction (shock absorption), surface finish effect (friction), and vertical deformation (Ball rebound is the fourth criteria, but does not have implications on volleyball performance). Any sports floor that has passed the latest ASTM F2772 criteria is most likely suitable for volleyball.

HOW TO CHOOSE WHICH SPORTS FLOOR IS RIGHT FOR VOLLEYBALL?

Understanding the characteristics that make a floor suitable for volleyball is just one part of the process. There are a lot of sports flooring options that meet the ASTM F2772 sports flooring standard. Area elastic floors, such as hardwood systems, can be used for volleyball. However, the trend is to use point elastic resilient floors, which offer a greater uniformity of performance characteristics, particularly vertical deformation and shock absorption. In fact, the flooring used in recent Olympic volleyball matches has been a point elastic floor, much like Tarkett Sports’ Omnisports.

 “This floor is awesome, it’s amazing, it’s resilient, you can play volleyball on it all day. We get more compliments about the flooring than about anything else. Everything we did here was evaluating the safety of the athlete long-term. That is what drove us to choosing Omnisports at TK Volleyball.”

— Timothy W. Sanchez, Director of Facilities and Technologies at TK Volleyball

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