The History of Indoor Volleyball

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The History of Indoor Volleyball
Yuanyuan Lian
University of Iowa

Sara Mouw

Indoor volleyball is from Untied States. In 1895, a man called William G. Morgan invented the indoor volleyball in the Massachusetts YMCA after he watched a basketball game. One year later, which is in 1986, Morgan made the first volleyball rules in the world: The net is 1.98 meter high and the court is 7.6x15.2 meters, and unlimited players can join in the game. Also, the players can contact the ball with no limit before they send to the other court, and a second serve is allowed in case of serving error. Later in 1896, the first volleyball match in the world was hold at the international YMCA Training School, and the game became popular very quickly.

The first official volleyball ball was created in 1896. In 1912, the players in the game were requested to rotate their position. In 1917, the game’s points change from 21 to 15 points. In 1918, the rules of unlimited players change to 6 players for each team. In 1922, the “three hit” rule and a rule about hitting back row were created. The first Men World Championship was held in 1949 and women’s was in 1952. Nowadays, volleyball is popular all around the world and become one of the famous Olympic games.

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