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Playing like the pros with the official FIVB World Championships game ball

by | Aug 9, 2017 | Product Reviews | 4 comments

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.

Mikasa Beach Champ VLS 300

Melissa Humana-Paredes and the Beach Champ at the FIVB World Championships

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

Official FIVB Beach Volleyball Game Ball

Mikasa Beach Champ VLS 300

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.

4 Comments

  1. Mike

    My wife and I plan on putting a sand volleyball court in the backyard. Our youngest daughter plays indoor volleyball and they use Tachikara balls. Would the Mikasa be a better choice for outdoor use since we’re not technically on the beach or near water?

    Reply
    • Juan

      Hi Mike,
      very important question.
      As far as I know Tachikara only produces indoor volleyballs. If you are playing at the sand court in your backyard, then definitely use beach/sand volleyballs, like the Mikasa Beach Champ. Indoor volleyballs not only have different sizes and weights but are also not suitable for playing outdoor. Especially when it comes to rain and wind, most of them are not waterproof and wind-resistant.
      Lemme know in case you need further support.

      Reply
  2. Joseph

    I’ve always been very intrigued by the talent professional beach volleyball players posses. I watched beach volleyball for the first time in the 2008 Olympic games and immediately loved it. It’s very intense and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Honestly, I enjoying playing myself, and usually do all summer, and the ball really does make a difference. If it’s not soft it stings your hands pretty bad and kind of turns you away. Watching the games I always wondered what a professional ball felt like. This was a great article with a lot of useful information!! How much would one of these balls cost

    Reply
    • Juan

      Thanks for your comment, Joseph. You already sound like an expert and having a soft ball is indeed quite important 🙂
      The Mikasa Beach Champ is around 50$, more basic models sell even cheaper.

      Reply

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Mikasa Beach Champ VLS 300

9.5

Ease to play

10.0/10

Design

9.0/10

Feel & Touch

9.5/10

Waterresistance

9.0/10

Visibility

10.0/10

Pros

  • Easy to play
  • Soft
  • Waterproof
  • 2 year warranty
  • Official game ball

Cons

  • Price