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.
The sport of volleyball is now very popular all over the world.
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 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.
Volleyball is different from most other sports in many ways.
To name a few...
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