History of Volleyball

Alyssa Azevedo, Reporter

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Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, a physical fitness instructor at YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts, after he invented basketball. Morgan, a graduate of Springfield College of YMCA, designed a game to be a combination of basketball, tennis, and handball. His main goal was to invent a game for all ages that was not as physically challenging as basketball. A volleyball used to be a basketball but it was too heavy for the sport. So Morgan made the volleyball that it is today out of calfskin. The first ever volleyball net, which was borrowed from tennis, was 6’6” high. The style of setting and spiking was first demonstrated in the Philippines in 1916. Over the years it started to become clear that the game needed standard rules for tournament play and the USVBA (United States Volleyball Association) was formed in 1928. Right now, at this very moment, volleyball is about 121 years old! Today, there are more than 800 million volleyball players worldwide and 46 million are in the U.S.!

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