• History of Volleyball 🏐 

    In 1895, William G. Morgan, at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Massachusetts, decided to blend elements of basketball 🏀, baseball ⚾️, tennis 🎾, and handball 🤾‍♀️, to create a game for his classes of businessmen which would demand less physical contact than basketball.  He created the game of Volleyball 🏐 (at the t8me called mintonette).  Morgan borrowed the net from tennis, and raised it 6 feet 6 inches above the floor, just above the average man's head. 

    During a demonstration game, someone remarked to Morgan that the players seemed to be volleying the ball back and forth over the net, and perhaps "volleyball" would be a more descriptive game for the sport.  On July 7, 1896, at Springfield College, the first game of "volleyball " was played. 

    * In 1900, a special ball was designed for the sport.

    * In 1916, in the Philippines, an offensive style in the passing the ball in a high trajectory to be struck by another player (the set and spike) was introduced.

    * In 1917, the game was changed from 21 to 15 points.

    * In 1920, three hits per side and back row attack rules were instituted.

    * In 1930, the first two-man beach game was played.

    *In 1934, the the approval and recognition of national volleyball referees.

    * In 1947, the Federation Internationale De Volley-Ball (FIVB) was founded.

    * In 1948, the first two-man beach tournament was played.

    * In 1949, the initial Worl Championships were held in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

    * In 1964, Volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

    * In 1974, the World Championships in Mexico were telecast in Japan.

    * In 1987, the FIVB added a Beach Volleyball World Championship Series.

    * In 1990, the World League was created.

    * In 1995, the sport of Volleyball was 100 years old.

    * In 1996, 2-person beach volleyball was added to the Olympics.