In this brief history of volleyball, discover who invented the game, and
when the sport was introduced to numerous countries worldwide.
In 1895, William G. Morgan (1870-1942) was credited for creating the
game of volleyball as a combination of four sports--basketball, baseball,
tennis, and handball.
At the time, Morgan was an instructor at the Young Men's Christian
Association which we know as the YMCA and was looking to develop an
activity which had less physical contact than basketball that he could
teach his classes of businessmen which were older gentlemen who
preferred to play a sport with less physical contact.
Initially his rules of the volleyball game called for a net to be placed
between two groups of any number of players who played for nine
innings with three serves allowed for both teams each inning.
Sounds almost like baseball, right?
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With the exception of the first serve, hitting the volleyball into the net
was considered a foul or the right for the other team to serve the ball
which was called a "sideout."
1896: Springfield College, formerly the International YMCA Training
One observer after watching the ball "volley" back and forth over the
net, suggested the name of the sport should be called "volleyball."
leather and sometimes plastic for the sport.
The Japanese volleyball ball used in the 1964 Olympics, consisted of a
rubber carcass with leather panelling. A similarly constructed ball is
used in most modern competition.
The 2008 Summer Olympics Volleyball competitions brought the
introduction of the new volleyball ball with a new moulding design
making it more softened compared to the Mikasa MVP200.
and in promoting the sport. Volleyball was added to school and college
physical education and intramural programs.
winners were on the first team to score 15 points, instead of 21.
volleyball game, playing it among themselves and with their allies on
military bases which spread the popularity of the game as they travelled
around the world.
put up on the beach at the playground for families and friends to play
games of six people on one side against six people on the other side of
which included prohibiting the back row players from being allowed to
attack the ball over the net.
tournaments created when the United States Volleyball Association
(USVBA, now USA Volleyball) was formed. With the creation of the
USVBA, volleyball teams were formed with players who weren't
members of the YMCA allowing for the first time all-male non-YMCA
teams to participate in the first US Open for volleyball.
the first doubles team, consisting of two-men playing against two-men
on the beach was played in Santa Monica, California.
approved in the mid 1930s.
volleyball's National Governing Body (NGB) in the United States at the
Amateur Athletic convention held in 1937 in Boston.
several European national governing bodies worked together to create
the Federation Internationale De Volley-Ball (FIVB) which was centered
This video provides an account of the brief history of volleyball and
the role of the FIVB in the sports history.
Championships tournament which was held in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
male dominance in formalized volleyball competitions, the USVBA
competitive college teams. For the first ten years collegiate competition
Volleyball teams were formed by passionate students and instructors.
Many teams dissolved when the interested
individuals left the college.
Competitive teams were scattered, with no collegiate governing bodies
providing leadership in the sport.
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