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How to Keep Volleyball Shorts From Riding Up

by | Oct 9, 2018 | Product Reviews | 4 comments

My daughter has recently gotten into volleyball and last night I managed to catch a game of theirs. The first thing that caught my attention was the fact that around 2/3 of the girls playing were spending their time between pitches adjusting their shorts that would ride up improperly in their crotch areas.

What’s the real spandex volleyball shorts story?

I could tell a lot of the girls were uncomfortable about it too. However, this did not happen to all of the girls, some were playing and diving for balls just fine without experiencing the embarrassment of the shorts going into odd places.

So when I went home I decided to do a little research as to why the bunching happened to some of the players and what shirts would I need to buy to avoid it. Here is all the info I managed to find:

But there’s a catch.

Volleyball shorts are not supposed to ride up, so any shorts that do are either improperly fitted or made of materials that don’t protect you from the shorts riding up enough. There are a couple of things short manufacturers add to their product to prevent ride-up.

The best part of volleyball shorts?

First, in some of the shorts, you can find a special gusset or inner lining that covers the whole area and does not allow the material to ride up.

Second, the smaller the leg openings, the less space there is for the shorts to ride up. However, you don’t want to go too far in the opposite direction either, since if it’s too tight, the shorts will feel uncomfortable also wear and very restraining in your movements.

The other part of the short manufacturing process that influences the ride-up coefficient are the inseams in the shorts. The longer you make your inseams, the less the shorts bunch up and ride up and rub at your thighs. Some shorts also have a patch of fabric in the crotch area to avoid awkward bunching up there.

How can you actually use volleyball shorts?

It’s vital to find shorts that fit you well, don’t just go out and buy the first pair you see if you want to prevent future embarrassment. Make sure the shorts are loose where they’re supposed to be free and tight where they’re supposed to be tight.

If you feel unsure, you can make use of the store’s item return policy and try some out before settling on one pair. Make sure the shorts fit, are comfortable and are made of good enough material to last you a long time.

Here’s the deal:

When choosing your shorts, these are the main things I would look out for. Before going out and buying something, make sure to read the reviews, especially ones that mention being volleyball players and how they feel about the shorts.

If there is a consensus about the quality of the seams and the make, if no reviews are saying the shorts bunch up then you can go ahead and make your purchase. For me, the most comfortable Volleyball spandex which I have ever worn are Pro volleyball shorts designed by Full Commando. This brand is all about making a fashion statement.



  1. Phomrong Hongsha

    Hi Juan,
    First off, congratulations that you have a daughter who’s into the world of volleyball. I too like watching volleyball.

    Secondly, your research has shown that the smaller the leg openings the less space there is for the shorts riding up even nearing the crotches.
    So, to avoid awkward bunching, the catch is reading reviews from volleyball players and checking the seams, right?

    Thirdly, this is a good post and the pro volleyball shorts sound awesome.

    All the best.

    • admin

      Thanks for your kind comment. You got the key aspects totally right 🙂

  2. Ashley

    Sure is annoying and keeps me from concentrating on my game. I’m constantly having to pull them down.

    • Juan

      There are obviously a few models out in the market that work well…


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