A Brief History of Volleyball

A Brief History of Volleyball

Here at 777iGame, we always provide our readers with the hottest news on international sports. We keep track of leagues, of players, coaches, and anything that affects your favorite teams. But much as we go for the new, the hot, and the popular, we also want to share our passion for sports. We want to

Here at 777iGame, we always provide our readers with the hottest news on international sports. We keep track of leagues, of players, coaches, and anything that affects your favorite teams. But much as we go for the new, the hot, and the popular, we also want to share our passion for sports. We want to delve deeper into the games, the scores, the predictions. We want to go after the heart of the game, and to the aspects of sports management that makes things the way they are.

We also want to look at the beginnings of each sport. Knowing how things came to be would give us better insight on the leagues, the teams, as well as the players and the countries where these sports are popular. Today, we’ll start off with Mintonette, which is what we now call Volleyball.

Volleyball was invented just four years after basketball was created. William G. Morgan of the YMCA designed the game in 1895 with the desire to merge basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball.

The first volleyball net was the net from tennis. The sport was refined through the years and introduced the offensive style of setting as well as spiking in the Philippines in 1916.

But in order for volleyball to be recognized as a tournament sport, they had to refine the rules. The USVBA or the United States Volleyball Association was then formed in 1928, and subsequently paved the way to standardizing volleyball.

But in between, and after standardizing volleyball, we see significant events or games that have pushed volleyball into what it is today. For instance, despite being created in 1895, it was only in 1900 that a ball was specially designed for volleyball. The set and spike style was introduced in Southeast Asia, specifically the Philippines. Between 1920 and 1922, the points system was changed to 15 from 21, and the three hits per side plus the back row attack rules were introduced.

The first ever YMCA national championships for Volleyball was held in Brooklyn, New York, in 1922, where 11 states sent 27 teams to participate. By 1928 the USVBA, now called USA Volleyball was formed, the first US Open was held. In 1930 the first two-person beach game was held, and by 1934, volleyball referees were recognized. From then on, volleyball became highly popular, so much so, that it was introduced in the Tokyo Olympics. And in 1990, the World League was created.

And from then, until now, we all have to play volleyball at some point. Whether we want to or not, we spend at least a few months in school learning the sport. And when we are out of school, we all spend time watching volleyball matches worldwide. Some even make money out of it.

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