Attack FAQ


What levels of programs purchase the Attack volleyball machine?
International teams to college programs, including the top men’s teams in the nation, and hundreds of high schools across the country currently use the Attack volleyball machine. The line of Sports Attack machines are clearly the number one volleyball machines in the world!

Can the Attack do a full range of drills?
Yes, the Attack can do digging, serving and team coordination drills. Serving drills: Consistent repetition of a full range of speeds and spins including jump serves, breaking top spins, and floaters. Digging drills: Ball released from above the net provides a true downward trajectory at high speeds and unmatched spike simulation for digging. Delivery from the opposite side of the court and above the net provides a realistic reaction time during drills. Team coordination drills: Throwing head pivots instantly to any point on the court, at any speed or spin, from any height. This provides a realistic game simulation involving serves, sets, tosses, passes, hits, or spikes.

How is the Attack moved around the court?
The Attack volleyball machine has locking casters that provide instant mobility on the court.

What is the range of ball speeds the Attack machine can deliver and how do you change the speed?
The Attack will deliver a serve at professional level speeds, over 80 MPH. The speed is quickly adjusted using the speed dials.

What adjustment is required on the machine to change placement of the ball on the court?
This can be done simply by loosening the horizontal and vertical locking handles, allowing the throwing head to freely pivot side-to-side or up-and-down to instantly target any location on the court.

What is the recovery time between throws for the machine?
There is no recovery time necessary. Sports Attack volleyball machines can deliver rapid repetition for any drill. (Some competitive units require a recharging every 8- 10 balls.)

How does the Attack volleyball machine compare to the AirCAT machine in performance?
The Attack has a throwing head that easily pivots (no need to move entire machine), delivering balls to any location on the court. Spin, speed and tempo can be adjusted instantly between throws. Comparatively, with the AirCAT the entire machine (on wheels) must be moved to introduce variation. The AirCAT is limited by a release point that is lower than the net, speed is limited by arch of the ball, and it can not impart a spin as the ball is propelled by air.

How about the comparison of the Attack volleyball machine and the AirCAT relative to the ball release point?
Men’s net height is 7′- 11 5/8″. The Attack has a very realistic release point, elevating from 5′ to well above the men’s net at over 9′ 3″. The AirCAT pivots up to only 6 ft.

How well does the AirCAT’s simulate game situations?
AirCAT is not capable of delivering a true linear spike over a regulation net. With the AirCAT, spike drills must be performed from the same side of the net, below net height, limiting ball travel distance and players reaction time. The AirCAT also has no spin capabilities, which limits a serve to a simple floater. With a lower (than the Attack) release point, the AirCAT requires an arc to clear the net and slower speeds to keep the ball in the court.

When using the Attack, is there tearing or cutting of the ball or excessive ball wear?
There is no tearing or cutting of balls. With our wider, softer white polyurethane ball throwing wheels, actual ball wear is extremely limited. The convex contoured shape of the new throwing surface uniformly distributes the contact force, eliminating the high wear contact points. Leather or softer exteriors are only slightly worn with extended use at the highest of speeds, no marking from wheels on softer balls. As with other sports like baseball or tennis, coaches will typically use the prior season’s game balls in their machine.

How is the Attack most commonly transported?
The machine can easily fit through a gym door and can be transported in a standard SUV or pick-up truck.

What is an acceptable length for an extension cord and what type do I need?
The machine uses a minimum of #14/3 grounded power cord up to 200 ft. in length. A longer cord will require the opinion of a licensed electrician.

What are the full load operating amps for the volleyball machine?
The volleyball machine draws 1.5 amps when running; however a 20-amp service is recommended for continuous operation.

Can the machine be operated with a generator?
Yes, however the generator must generate “clean electricity”. We recommend a minimum of 1000W up to 2000W Honda generator with inverter technology. Weight of these generators is approximately 27 LBS., similar to the weight of a battery, and they are extremely portable.

How long does it take to receive a volleyball machine?
Sports Attack, located in Reno, NV, can typically ship a machine in the U.S. within 3-5 business days.

What type of assembly is necessary upon first receipt of my new Attack and is there any special tools required?
The Attack volleyball machine can be assembled in less than one hour. Easy-to-follow instructions are included in our manual; all you will need are two standard wrenches, (1/2″ and 7/16″).

What is the warranty on the Attack?
All sports training equipment manufactured by Sports Attack is warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of five (5) years from the date of original purchase, with the following exceptions: throwing wheels are warranted for two (2) years; electronic controller is warranted for two (2) years; and, the throwing wheel motors are warranted for two (2) years.

How is repair and service handled for the volleyball machines?
Components parts are designed to be easily replaced in the field, local assistance is not required. Parts list is available in the manuals (Attack/Attack II manual (pdf), simply identify part needed, order part directly from Sports Attack and follow easy directions for repair. Only a few common tools are required to complete any repair.

How long has Sports Attack been in business producing volleyball machines?
Sports Attack has been in business since 1995 producing baseball, softball volleyball, football, soccer, cricket, and rugby machines. The founders and owners of Sports Attack have over 60 years experience designing, manufacturing, marketing, and distributing professional sports training equipment.

How many volleyball machines has Sports Attack sold?
Our full line of volleyball machines is currently being used by thousand of teams around the world.