Volleyball.com shares some interesting facts about Volleyball:
- Volleyball celebrated over 120 years of existence in 2015.
- It originated in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
- William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke invented volleyball by blending elements of decided to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball.
- The motivation was to create a sport that would have less physical contact than basketball.
- Volleyball was initially known as Mintonette
- The volleyball net feature borrowed from tennis is 6 feet 6 inches above the floor, just above the average man’s head.
- The name change from Mintonette to Volleyball came about in 1896 when someone commented "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.
An abbreviated timeline of volleyball moments:
- 1895: William G. Morgan (1870-1942) created the game of volleyball but called the game Mintonette.
- 1896: The first exhibition match of volleyball is played at Springfield College (called International YMCA Training school in 1896).
- 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 playing on the beach in Hawaii, but most accounts place the sport’s origin in Santa Monica, California where the first Volleyball courts are put up on the beach at the Playground. Families play 6 vs. 6.
- 1928: It became clear that tournaments and rules were needed, the United States Volleyball Association (USVBA, now USA Volleyball) was formed. The first U.S. Open was staged, as the field was open to non-YMCA squads.
- 1930s: The first two-man beach volleyball game is played in Santa Monica, California.
- 1976: First professional beach volleyball tournament was called the Olympia World Championship of Beach Volleyball. It took place at Will Rogers State Beach during late summer in 1976.
- 1984: The U.S. won their first medals at the Olympics in Los Angeles. The Men won the Gold, and the Women the Silver.
- 1988: The U.S. Men repeated the Gold in the Olympics in Korea.
- 1990: The World League was created.
- 1996: 2-person Beach Volleyball debuted as an Olympic sport.
- 1997: Dain Blanton (with Canyon Ceman) becomes the first African-American professional beach volleyball player to win a tournament on the Miller Lite/AVP Tour.
- 2008: The U.S. Women’s Volleyball team wins Silver at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
- 2012: The U.S. Women’s Volleyball team wins Silver at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
- 2012: U.S. Women’s team Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings return to the Summer games in London to successfully defend their Gold medal wins of 2008 and 2004 and become the only Women’s team in the sport’s history to ever win three consecutive Olympic Gold medals. Jennifer Kessey and April Ross of the United States win the Silver medal the same year.
"Today, people all over the world play volleyball. Research shows volleyball is one of the top 3 most popular sports for women to play in high school."
For full article: History of Volleyball
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