volleyball, game played by two teams, usually of six players on a side, in which the players use their hands to bat a ball back and forth over a high net, trying to make the ball touch the court within the opponents’ playing area before it can be returned. To prevent this a player on the opposing team bats the ball up and toward a teammate before it touches the court surface—that teammate may then volley it back across the net or bat it to a third teammate who volleys it across the net.
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Volleyball has come a long way from the dusty-old YMCA gymnasium of Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA, where the visionary William G. Morgan invented the sport back in 1895. It has seen the start of two centuries and the dawn of a new millennium. Volleyball is now one of the big five international sports, and the FIVB, with its 220 affiliated national federations, is the largest international sporting federation in the world.
Volleyball is also a sport at the Paralympics managed by the World Organization Volleyball for Disabled. Nudists were early adopters of the game with regular organized play in clubs as early as the late 1920s. By the 1960s, a volleyball court had become standard in almost all nudist/naturist clubs. Volleyball in the Olympics
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.
Banking on the popularity of YMCA, the game volleyball spread through various regions of the world and eventually became an Olympic sport in 1964. Volleyball traces its origins to four different disciplines has gone on to establish itself as one of the biggest sports in the world.
Beach volleyball began in the 1920s in California and held its first men's tournament in 1947. The professional game developed in the 1970s, world championships were first held in 1987 (men) and 1993 (women), and the sport achieved Olympic status in 1996. Bibliography. See G. Bulman, Volleyball (1989).
History, Creator, and Object of the Game. In volleyball history, volleyball is recognized as a truly international, widely played, popular sport. Volleyball originated in the United States in 1895 as a blend of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball. Today, volleyball has spread to 211 countries around the world.
1917: The rules of the volleyball game were changed so that the winners were on the first team to score 15 points, instead of 21. 1919: By this time American soldiers and troops had adopted the volleyball game, playing it among themselves and with their allies on military bases which spread the popularity of the game as they travelled around the world. 1920s: Most accounts place the origins of ...