History of Volleyball

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THE HISTORY OF VOLLEYBALL
By this year, the game volleyball is 117 of age! The sport originated in the United States, and is now just achieving the type of popularity in the U.S. that it has received on a global basis, where it ranks behind only soccer among participation sports.Today there are more than 46 million Americans who play volleyball. There are 800 million players worldwide who play volleyball at least once a week. The offensive style of setting and spiking was first demonstrated in 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 in 1928. (William G. Morgan)

Pioneer of the game Volleyball

In 1895, William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Mass., decided to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball to create a game for his classes of businessmen which would demand less physical contact than basketball. He created the game of Volleyball (at that time called, mintonette). Morgan borrowed the net from tennis, and raised it 6 feet 6 inches above the floor, just above the average man's head. During a demonstration game, someone remarked to Morgan that the Players seemed to be volleying the ball back and forth over the net, and perhaps "volleyball" would be a more descriptive name for the sport. On July 7, 1896 at Springfield College the first game of "volleyball" was played.

CHRONOLOGICAL EVENTS OF VOLLEYBALL(1800s-1900s) and (2011)
* 1895: William G. Morgan (1870-1942) created the game of volleyball. * 1900: a special ball was designed for the sport.
* 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. * 1917: the game was changed from 21 to 15 points.

* 1920s: there are unconfirmed whispers of men’s teams...
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