How to Deflate a Volleyball?

Ever wonder how to deflate your volleyball? Don’t worry, Coach Rizwan Ali is here to set you up for success! A deflated volleyball takes up way less space, making it perfect for packing away or hitting the beach.

Why Deflate Your Volleyball?

A fully inflated volleyball is awesome for a game, but not so much for storage or travel. Deflating it is a breeze, and this guide I will explain how you can deflate like a pro in 6 easy steps, getting you ready to go in no time! After reading this article you will be pro in deflating. If you follow my steps very well.

What You’ll Need:

  • Your trusty volleyball
  • Pump needle (usually comes with a pump, but you can find them separately too)

Step-by-Step Deflation Guide:

Step 1: Finding the MVP (Most Valuable Point): Look for a small rubber nub somewhere on your volleyball. That’s the valve! It’s usually near the stitching – kind of like the quarterback on a football field, calling the shots for inflation and deflation.

Close-up photo of a volleyball with a circled red arrow pointing to the valve, a small rubber nub near the stitching.
The valve is usually a small rubber nub near the stitching

Step 2: Ready, Set, (Maybe) Moisten: Some folks like to dampen the valve with a touch of water to make it easier to insert the needle. But a dry valve works just fine too!

Step 3: Straight Shot: Grab your pump needle and carefully push it straight into the valve. Imagine yourself doing a perfect spike – straight down at a 90-degree angle! Hold the volleyball firmly to keep air from escaping around the needle, just like a good defensive block.

Close-up photo of a hand carefully inserting a pump needle straight into the valve of a volleyball at a 90-degree angle.
Push the needle straight into the valve at a 90-degree angle

Step 4: Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Gently press down on the needle to release air. Don’t rush it! You want to slowly deflate the volleyball, not deflate your enthusiasm for the game. Think of it like a strategic set play, controlled and precise.

Step 5: Feeling Soft? You’re Almost There! As the air comes out, the volleyball will start to feel softer. Squeeze it gently to check. You want it to be soft but not completely flat. Imagine a beach volleyball, nice and comfortable to bump around.

Step 6: Taking it Out: Once you’ve reached your desired deflation level, slowly pull the needle straight out. Hold the valve closed with your finger for a moment to prevent any leftover air from escaping, like sealing the deal on a winning play.

Bonus Tips:

  • Don’t over-deflate! A completely flat volleyball can lose its shape. Think of a deflated balloon – all sad and misshapen.
  • Need to inflate it again? No problem! Just follow the steps above in reverse order – use the pump to add air instead of letting it out.
  • Store your deflated volleyball in a cool, dry place. Avoid extreme temperatures that could damage it. Just like your favorite volleyball shoes, you want to keep them in good condition.

Read Also : How to Get Better at Volleyball: 5 Tips from an Experienced Coach


There you have it, champions! Deflating your volleyball is a simple process with these easy steps. Now you can store it away with confidence or pack it for your next volleyball adventure. Remember, practice makes perfect, so grab your pump needle and give it a try! And if you have any questions about setting, spiking, or anything else volleyball-related, Coach Rizwan Ali is always here to help. If you want have any question you can comment. Check out further posts regarding volleyball Happy playing!

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