Summary Of History In Volleyball

Who invented volleyball?

William G. Morgan (1870-1942) born in State of New York, USA. He was a director of physical education at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).

Why was volleyball invented?

Mr Morgan was looking for a game that was less violent and intense than basketball (a popular and new sport at that time) that would be suitable for the older people

Where was volleyball invented?

Holyoke (State of Massachusetts, USA)

How was volleyball invented?

Through experiments based on Mr Morgan’s own experience and training methods. The idea of the net was borrowed from the game of tennis. The net was raised to just above the height of an average man (6 feet 6 inches or 1.98m). The company, A.G. Spaldings and Bros. was commissioned to make a ball with a rubber inner tube and leather cover, circumference of 25 to 27 inches (63.5 to 68.6 cm and weight of 9 to 12 ounces (252 to 336 grams).

How did the name volleyball came about?

Volleyball was originally named Mintonette. However, at the first demonstration game held before a congregation of YMCA Physical Education Directors in 1896, Professor Alfred T. Halstead observed the ball’s unique volley action while in play and proposed to re-name the game after its visual characteristic. The congregation agreed to the name, Volley Ball. The name was later spelt as one word when in 1952, the US Volleyball Association voted in favour of doing so.

How did volleyball spread around the world?

The game spread through the Young Men’s (and Women’s) Christian Associations around the world, starting from Canada (1900) to Asia, South America, Europe and Africa.

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