The game of volleyball, originally called “mintonette”, was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, after the inventionof basketball by only 4 years. Morgan, a graduate of the Springfield College of the YMCA, designed the game to be a combination
of basketball, baseball, tennis and handball.
The first volleyballnet, borrowed from tennis, was only 6’6″ high (though you need to remember that the average American was shorter in the 19th century).
The offensive style of setting and spiking was first demonstratedin the Philippines in 1916. Over the years that followed, it became clear that standard rules were needed for tournament play, and thus the USVBA (United States Volleyball Association) was formed in1928.
Two years later, the first 2-man beach volleyball game was played, though the professional side of the sport did not emerge until much later. Not surprisingly, the first beach volleyballassociation appeared in California (1965), and the professional players united under the auspices of the AVP (American Volleyball Professionals) in 1983.
During the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, American menand women took gold and silver medals in indoor volleyball competition. Four years later at the Olympics in Korea, the men once again scored gold. Starting in 1996, 2-man beach volleyball wasofficially introduced to the Olympics. Today, there are more than 800 million volleyball players worldwide, 46 million of them in the U.S.
A TIMELINE OF SIGNIFICANT VOLLEYBALL EVENTS.
In 1900, a specialball was designed for the sport.
In 1916, in the Philippines, an offensive style of passing the ball in a high trajectory to be struck by another player (the set and spike) were introduced.
In 1917,the game was changed from 21 to 15 points.
In 1920, three hits per side and back row attack rules were instituted.
In 1922, the first YMCA national championships were held in Brooklyn, NY. 27 teams...