Volleyball - History of Volleyball


The game of volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, the Director of Physical Education at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He was inspired to create a new game after he met the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, a few years earlier. At first, he called the new game "Mintonette", but it was renamed "volleyball" because the point of the game is to "volley" the ball back and forth.

Volleyball is now played in many countries, with a number of variations of the game. Beach volleyball was first played in 1915, at the Outrigger Canoe Club, on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.

  • William Morgan studied at the International YMCA Training School (now known as Springfield College) in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1892. Dr. James Naismith was an instructor there, and was still developing his new game, "basket ball".

  • When William Morgan became Director of Physical Education at the Holyoke YMCA, he wanted to create an indoor game like basketball, but that older members would be able to play.

  • In 1896, William Morgan returned to the YMCA Training School to present his new game, "Mintonette". The Director of the school, Dr. Luther Gulick, was very pleased with it. One of the viewers, Professor Alfred Halstead, suggested renaming the game "volleyball".

  • Spalding, a sports equipment manufacturer, made the first ball specifically for volleyball in 1900.

  • Volleyball was demonstrated at the 1924 Olympic Games, and became an official event in the summer Olympic Games in 1964, in Tokyo. Beach volleyball was first played at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1996.

  • The William G. Morgan Trophy Award was created in 1995, one hundred years after William Morgan invented the sport. The Morgan Trophy honors the most outstanding male and female collegiate volleyball player in the United States.

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