Playing like the pros with the official FIVB World Championships game ball
The official FIVB ball is the Mikasa Beach Champ VLS 300
Perhaps you have been curiously watching the Beach Volleyball Championships in Vienna last week and been wondering which ball these guys have been playing with. Well, the official game ball of the FIVB and the 2017 World Championships is the Mikasa Beach Champ VLS 300. Perhaps you even saw it on TV or in the livestream.
I have been trying different types (e.g. the Mikasa VX20) and brands of beach volleyballs soon after I got started a few years ago and didn’t find it easy to choose the one that suits me best. But meanwhile I am really convinced by Mikasa and the Beach Champ VLS 300. Why is that?
An official ball that is soft and easy to play
The Beach Champ is an excellent ball, not only for pros but also for playing just for fun. It is easy to play with and at the same time it meets the official standards as well. Its circumference is between 66-68 cm and its weight 260 to 280 grams. The official size is 5.
Especially if you are a beginner with a technique that is not yet at highest levels, playing can sometimes be painful. The Beach Champ is very easy to play with and doesn’t hurt even after extended playing. It has a very nice and soft “feel and touch” which is due to its micro fiber leather.
It is key to have a ball that is waterproof
The material also makes the Beach Champ waterproof. This is important to not make the ball heavy which can cause injuries. I found that many other models are not at all water resistant and soak in humidity when playing during or after rain. In contrast, the Beach Champ stays light and proves water resistant.
I also like the ten-panel design. Not only does it look stylish, it really improves visibility of the ball, especially when it is hit hard and goes fast.
To guarantee quality and warranty, only buy with reputable dealers
For me these are the most important pros. The Beach Champ is a great entry to the Beach Volleyball world. As the official FIVB Beach Volleyball it comes with a 2 year warranty. Although being a bit more expensive than other models, with a price around 50$ it is really very good value for money. My overall rating for the Beach Champ is 9.5 (out of 10).
Since the Mikasa Beach Champ is an absolute top product, there are quite some fakes out there in the market. If you fall for a fake product, you will not only get a bad quality product but you will also lose the 2 year warranty. Therefore I would recommend to only buy with serious, well-known and reputable dealers.