Volleyball History

Volleyball at the YMCA

In the beginning of volleyball history, the game was known as Mintonette and had characteristics similar to tennis and handball.

Volleyball was first invented by William G Morgan. Morgan was a physical educator that created the game at a YMCA in 1895.

6 Man Volleyball

First being played in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the first rules called for 6 foot 6 inch high net, 25 X 50 foot court, and any number of players.

Spalding was the first official ball created in 1896.

Rules evolved over time.

By 1916, the "three hit rule" and the rule against hitting from the back row was established.

In 1947 the FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) was formed.

World championships began in 1949.

Volleyball history and the sport of volleyball is now very popular all over the world.

Volleyball History

Beach Volleyball History

Beach volleyball is a variation of the indoor game. Beach volleyball is played on sand with 2 on a team.

In the 1960's techniques and strategies really started to take form.

Spiking and tipping at the net became effective attacking strategies.

Forearm passing was becoming a more popular way to pass the ball.

As skills developed, blocking the ball at the net and skills for playing floor defense became more important.

In 1983, a professional beach volleyball circuit known as the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) was created.

Karch Kiraly

Karch Kiraly is perhaps the most famous player in volleyball history.

The AVP became a popular US domestic professional beach volleyball tour in the 80's and 90's.

Since 1990, the FIVB has hosted a professional indoor volleyball league, the World League. This is an international volleyball league that's made up of the top indoor volleyball players in the world.

Volleyball continues to get a lot of recognition every Summer Olympics is currently touted as the 2nd most popular sport in the world.

A unique team sport

Volleyball is different from most other sports in many ways.

To name a few...

  • Executing game skills are much more difficult and dynamic. To be successful at volleyball, volleyball players need to develop a unique combination of hard and soft skills. Have you ever noticed how difficult it is for someone new to the game to learn how to play? Even if you are very athletic, it can be very difficult to pick up volleyball compared to most other sports.

    This is because skills in volleyball are very technical.  Compared to basketball, for example, players catch a pass and throw to teams. In volleyball, in order to pass the ball, the ball must be intercepted in such a way that it rebounds of the body (forearms) and is then directed to a teammate.

    To be good at volleyball, athletes must first focus on developing the games techniques first before playing in game competition.

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History of Volleyball

Coaching Volleyball

  • Skills involve a unique combination of coordination, balance, athletic ability, and explosive power. There isn't much of an endurance component to volleyball. You don't need endurance like you would in soccer or basketball.

    The energy you need is for speed and explosiveness. Volleyball is very skill based and most of the training is focused on skill development.

    The combinations of learning unique volleyball skills such as forearm passing along with speed, agility, coordination, and explosive power make volleyball a unique sport.

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