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Volleyball Post from a Tire


Step By Step Assembly of the Tire Volleyball Post

Lay out the tire for each pole.

Lay out the tire for each pole.

Prop up the pole in the center.

Prop up the pole in the center.

Pour concrete into the tire around the pole.

Pour concrete into the tire around the pole.

Let the concrete set and cure 24 hours

Let the concrete set and cure 24 hours

Drill and mount the eyebolts at the proper heightss

Drill and mount the eyebolts at the proper heightss

Old-fashioned Portable Volleyball Posts

This is an old-fashioned volleyball standard - the kind my teachers at Keene Public School used to make. I hear they are banned from public schools now, but they're still around out there. Some kid inevitably turned one on its side and rolled it over his foot, his parents following up with a successful lawsuit. That's how everything good gets banned. But, if you're not afraid of lawyers and have at least a teaspoon of brains so you don't run over yourself with this big concrete tire, then this one works great. It's portable, holds the net tight and is cheap to build.

Simply lay two tires with a little tread on them flat on the ground. Get good tread. You don't want the wire from the steel belts sticking out and scraping someone. Prop up whatever poles you're using - metal or wooden - in the center of the tire and tie it off so it won't jiggle while the concrete is curing.

Mix up a couple of bags of concrete mix in a wheelbarrow. Make it a little thin so it will flow up inside the tire well. If you only fill it up halfway double the mix; 3/4 of the way, add another bag. You'll have to estimate (I'm sorry, I didn't promise there'd be no math involved).

Once the concrete is cured, you can lay the pole over and drill holes for installing 3 eyebolts on each. Drill one at 7' 11 5/8" above the ground for men's volleyball; one at 7'4" for women's volleyball and a bottom one at 2 feet to stretch the net downward and make it tight. Feed the eyebolts into the holes.

Now all you have to do is place the poles on either side of the center of a large flat area 30 feet wide by 60 feet long. Tie on the net, blow up your ball and you're ready to go.


twayneking (author) from Puyallup, WA on December 05, 2019:

Just set it on the ground. Tie the post upright in the center of tire and simply pour the concrete into the tire. the weight of the concrete inside of the tire will hold it down against the ground. Some will leak out the bottom and level the bottom of the tire. If you don't want that, simply set a board under the tire so it presses up against the bottom.

Renee on December 05, 2019:

Kind of a silly question, but I don't use quickrete! What do you put under the tire to keep it from draining out the bottom while pouring it in? Thanks!

Cassie on March 29, 2018:

Where can you get the poles?

twayneking (author) from Puyallup, WA on October 17, 2011:

De nada, mi amigo! Te diviertes.


ruth on October 16, 2011:

gracias por la ayuda

twayneking (author) from Puyallup, WA on October 19, 2010:

Thanks. I'll add your recommendations to the article. I try to keep updating this information with new ideas. Thanks,


fuzionit on October 18, 2010:

I play volleyball every Monday night with a group of friends in a church gym, which lacks the higher quality in-ground pole set-up. For over 15 years they've used the same system (two concrete filled tires with steel beans approx 2" square) as the bases for the net. To add to the sturdiness, we've also added some eyebolts into the walls along the middle of the court so we can tighten the net and subsequently the poles from those. It has been a great system for the time we've had it, unfortunately one of the steel beams finally broke after being rewelded a few times. So we have to make two new ones, and I'm going to try your simple to follow "recipe". I might add another comment once we get everything squared away to explain what additions we made as well.

farvbdev on August 03, 2010:

we used to use an imaginary net.. and even called out net fouls.....

sam jraous

twayneking (author) from Puyallup, WA on May 30, 2010:

Where I grew up, smart and economical was the only way to go!

volleyball-jumper on May 30, 2010:

hey i like this post, i never thought volleyball set up can be this easy!

i love when you find smart and economical ways to do something :D now a days it cost to even take a breath lol