Each week more than 800 million people play the game of volleyball. This versatile nearly one-hundred-year old sport can be played in a variety of ways for both fun and in competitive arenas. The sport is loved globally but has grown exponentially in the US in recent decades. The origin of the sport dates back to hundreds of years ago, volleyball is as current and relevant as ever.
Volleyball was the creation of William G. Morgan back in 1895. Originally called “mintonette,” volleyball was originally thought of as a combination of basketball, baseball and tennis. Morgan worked as an instructor at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He was trying to create a game for his classes that would be less physical than basketball. The first ever volleyball net that was used was an actual tennis net and was only about six and a half feet high.
From the beginning Morgan saw volleyball as a sport fit for both indoors and outdoors. The game might be played in a gymnasium or outside on a field. Originally there were no set number of players on each team. The actual name volleyball came as the result of a comment during an early playing of the game. Someone who was watching the commented that that the participants appeared to be volleying the ball as it moved across in the game. The idea for naming the game was thus birthed.
The rules for volleyball have changed somewhat since the invention of the game back in 1895, yet it is still a very simple game. When played indoors the court is 30 feet wide and 60 feet long with each side of the net being 30 feet by 30 feet. The game consists of two teams that each have six members. A typical set up will be groups of three people in two rows. Scoring takes place when one of the two teams makes a mistake and the ball hits the ground on their side of the net. Games are typically played until one team reaches twenty-five points. Teams must win by at least two points, so play continues beyond twenty-five until one side has a two-point margin.
Played by millions across the globe, volleyball is a game that has evolved over the years. William G. Morgan created a game that can be enjoyed both inside and outside. It is sure to be around for many years to come.…