Skill Attack FAQ


What levels of programs purchase the Skill Attack volleyball machine?
The Skill Attack was designed for young serious players and individual practice at home as well as competitive club or school youth teams. It will do everything the larger units will do except for the limited ball release height (set at 5 ft.) and the lower speed (maximum is 50 MPH).

Can the Skill Attack do a full range of drills?
Yes, the Skill 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 the same side of the net provides a downward trajectory and effective spike simulation for digging. Team coordination drills: Throwing head pivots instantly to any point on the court, at a full range of speeds or spin, from any height. This provides a realistic game simulation involving serves, sets, tosses, passes, hits, or spikes.

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

What is the range of ball speeds the Skill Attack machine can deliver and how do you change the speed?
The Skill Attack will deliver a serve at speeds up to 50 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 Skill Attack volleyball machine compare to the AirCAT machine in performance?
The Skill 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 can not impart a spin as the ball is propelled by air.

How is the Skill Attack most commonly transported?
The machine can easily fit through a gym door and can be transported in a any size car, even a Mini Cooper.

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 Skill Attack volleyball machine can be assembled in less than 20 minutes. 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 Skill 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 that are found on the website. 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.