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.
A sport that traced its origin to basketball, baseball, tennis and handball - and now estimated to be played by over 800 million globally - had thus been established. The origin of volleyball traces its roots to basketball, baseball, tennis and handball.
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The Game. 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.
Gary Colberg, the present Commissioner, succeeded Lon in 1975. The rules of volleyball have changed many times since William Morgan first developed the game in 1895 with an original purpose of providing some form of recreation and relaxation for businessmen at the Holyoke, MA Y.M.C.A.
Volleyball History 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.
It was not until 1900 that a specially designed ball - lighter and smaller - was devised, which opened up a whole new range of tactical and technical possibilities for the sport. The offensive style of setting and spiking was first showcased in 1916, in the Philippines.
One of the big milestones on the rules timeline is the introduction of a specifically for volleyball designed ball in 1900. In 1912 the amount of players in a team was set at six, which is the same as today. Also the rotation before serve was introduced. 1915 the number of players in a team varies between 2 to 6.
William Morgan invented volleyball in 1895 at the Holyoke, Massachusetts, YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) where he served as Director of Physical Education. Morgan originally called his new game of Volleyball, Mintonette. The name Volleyball came about after a demonstration game of the sport, when a spectator commented that the game involved much "volleying" and game was renamed Volleyball.
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