Okay, I'll admit that I balked at the cost of this ball, but daughter #2 was over the moon. I've played very little volleyball in my life, and most of that was on a beach and just for fun. My daughter plays on her school team, and according to her coach, this is a very good ball. When we discussed price, he said that's about right for a ball of this quality. So, yes, this is a good quality ball, and my girl is thrilled with it. The only drawback is now, the rest of the team wants one so I'm not too popular with the other parents. I guess it all comes down to what you want in a volleyball and how much you're willing to invest in a good one.