Volleyball History

Volleyball is a sport where you need to keep the ball in the air. Consisting of six players on each team the game starts when the server hits the ball into the air to the opposing side. But volleyball wasn’t always this way, it has been developing since it was first played back in 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts. At that time it was originally called “Mintonette” instead. The ingenious man who invented volleyball was William G. Morgan, who created volleyball with the intention of it being a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball. 

Volleyball stayed the same throughout the 1800s, consisting of a tennis net that was 6’6” high. Finally, in the 1900s, volleyball changed for the better. The first change was when a special ball was created for the game in the 1900s as volleyball players first used a handball. 1916 was the next change where the Philippines created an offensive maneuver that is called a “set and a spike.” A set is where the setter uses both hands, fingertips spread out, and hits the ball into the air. A spike then can follow after this as the spiker jumps high and close to the net after someone sets and slams the ball onto the other side of the net. Many changes towards volleyball have happened throughout the 1900s and into the end in 1996. Whereas states, “In 1996, two-person beach Volleyball became an Olympic sport.”

Volleyball has changed throughout time to become suitable for our current generation. The game has become both popular and hundreds of millions of people play the game. It truly seems to evolve and appeal all throughout the world.


By: Sam Chapman

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