29 November 2011
History of Volleyball
Created in 1985 by William G Morgan, volleyball, originally called mintonette, is a game where two teams volleyed a ball back and forth across a net until one team missed. The first competitive game of volleyball was played on July 7, 1896. Four years before volleyball was invented, basketball was invented. Being that basketball is a fast paced sport, not everyone could keep up with its fast paced game. Morgan needed to play a game that could me played by middle-aged men. This is why he created volleyball.
After reaching Asia and Japan in 1896 through the YMCA network, a ball was specialized by the 1900. In 1916, the Philippines came about with the “set” and “spike”; a six side play. By 1920, the three hits per side rule and the back-row attacks were enforced. The United States, Russia, and Japan all started national volleyball associations in the 1920. During World War II, the U.S. soldiers played the game overseas. From then on, it spread like a wildfire through Europe. The IOC, (International Olympic Committee) made volleyball a non-Olympic sport in 1949, also when the first men Championship was held. The women’s first competition came in 1952. Volleyball was not always a popular sport. Today, there are over 46 million people who play volleyball. 80 million play at least once a week. No one would have ever thought that this sport was originated all because of how fast paced basketball was.
Donaghy, D.. "SIGNIFICANT RULE CHANGES FROM 1985 TO 2002." History of volleyball. NCVA, 2010. Web. 30 Nov 2011. . "Volleyball History." Sports. SportsKnowHow.com, 2011. Web. 29 Nov 2011 .