Volleyball was invented during 1895 by William Morgan. He was an instructor at the YMCA. Before, there were no standards in volleyball clothing. In 1916 volleyball clothing are first introduced to colleges that started a team for volleyball at that year. As time goes by, the game evolved and clothing also evolved. Different Colleges created their trademark clothing and logos.
Today’s volleyball clothing and sportswear starts with the proper shoes. Many of the major athletic shoe makers are creating sneakers specific for volleyball clothing, including Asics, Reebok, Nike, and New Balance among others. Almost all volleyball players wear shorts as part of their volleyball clothing. Some teams opt for knee length, baggy sweats style shorts in team colors, while others choose to wear tight spandex shorts, often much shorter in length. Volleyball clothing can be of tee clothing material or lightweight, wind breaker material, and can have capped sleeves, standard tee clothing sleeves, or no sleeves at all! Beach volleyball clothing are a different type of sportswear all together- the women are required to wear bikini’s, and the men have to wear shorts that are tight and a specific length (above the knee).
Youth volleyball clothing in the school systems are a bit more relaxed- and you can bet you’ll never see the teams in bikinis! Schools traditionally use shorts and clothing in their school colors as the volleyball clothing, because they allow freedom of movement, don’t get in the way as players jump, set or spikes the ball over the net, and is acceptable to wear in the schools.