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Which Volleyball is Right for Me?

March 13, 2019

Wondering which volleyball you need? We’ve broken down the basics so you can find your perfect match.

First, what variables should you look at when selecting a volleyball?

  • Feel:
    • All Baden volleyballs have a soft, hidden valve so the balls are sting-free no matter where you make contact.
    • Do you like the slightly firmer feel of real leather or the plush feel of microfiber?
  • Durability - Will it withstand practice after practice?
  • Is it approved for your level of game play?
  • Who is playing with the ball? What is the age of the player, the level of play, and will this be used for games, practice, indoor or beach? We have a ball for every scenario.

The Lineup

Volleyball Comparison Chart

Perfection Leather Volleyball

Leather Cover

The gold standard in the Baden line of Volleyballs, the Perfection features top-grade, full-grain, hand-picked leather and is a favorite of many top athletes. The Official Court Volleyball of the AVCA and Official Women's Volleyball of NAIA. NFHS approved.

Bottom Line: For serious players who prefer leather: Club, High School, and College. 

Shop the Perfection Leather Volleyball


Beach Elite Volleyball

The Beach Elite beach volleyball was designed and developed specifically for sand and beach volleyball with the world’s best players. Made for competitive outdoor play, it features a perfected seam height for optimal aerodynamics and consistency, and a soft but durable cover to withstand harsh outdoor conditions. Retains weight and shape in wet conditions. Official beach volleyball of the AVCA and Beach Nation.

Bottom Line: For all beach volleyball athletes; whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out.

Shop the Beach Elite Volleyball


VCOR Microfiber Volleyball

This exhaustively researched and developed volleyball suits players 14U through college. The unique dimpled microfiber cover was designed for power hitters and float servers to provide truer flight and more control during game play, while the panel configuration and colors allows players to better judge spin and predict motion of the ball. AVCA approved.

Bottom Line: A top-of-the-line game ball suitable for 14U-college aged men and women playing club and college volleyball.

Shop the VCOR Microfiber Volleyball


Lexum Microfiber 

The Lexus game ball is Baden's top-of-the-line composite volleyball. The long-lasting, soft microfiber cover has ideal tack, and no break in period necessary. AVCA and NFHS approved.

Bottom Line: Best in class game ball used and loved widely by clubs and high schools. Choose this ball for the most color selection.

Shop the Lexum Volleyball


Rally Composite

The Rally Volleyball is a durable, composite volleyball made for standard play. It's the perfect ball for pickup games or makes for a great practice volleyball on the court.

Bottom Line: Perfect for practices - a durable ball that will hold air well. A great value.

Shop the Rally Composite


12U Light Microfiber 

The Light Volleyball is the perfect game ball for the young, developing volleyball player. This lighter ball protects shoulders from injury and the soft microfiber cover provides a sting-free introduction to volleyball.

Bottom Line: Game ball for players (8U-12U) or practice ball for skill development in older players.

Shop the 12U Light Microfiber Ball


Softlight Youth

This light-weight volleyball is easier for young kids to get over the net, making playing more fun while helping to develop strength and prevent injuries. The FlexFoam cover eliminates the sting and pain of a regular volleyball.

Bottom Line: Softer, lighter weight volleyball perfect for training volleyball players age 10 and under.

Shop the Softlight Youth

Softlight Youth Oversized

Teach the youngest volleyball players without the fear of pain with this soft, no sting foam cover and lighter than regulation weight volleyball. The larger size shape makes it easy for little hands to teach proper volleyball fundamentals.

Bottom Line: Softer, lighter weight & oversized volleyball perfect for training volleyball players age 8 and under.

Shop the Softlight Youth Oversized

Customized Team Volleyballs

Looking to customize volleyballs for your team? We do full custom volleyballs that make an impact. See all customization options here.

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