Volleyball history begins in 1895 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in that period, the Director of Physical Education at YMCA, William G Morgan invented this game after the introduction of Basketball a few months earlier, he created volleyball so the older people can enjoy playing sport that is less physically demanding compared to Basketball. In the beginning it was named Mintonette, Volleyball used the net from tennis and then adapted rules from baseball, basketball and also handball. At the beginning, this game was usually played out on the ground and the rules were also very simple with the net that was only 6’6 inches high, there’s no limitation on the number of players can participate as long as they can fit on the court, and the three touch rule was not also being introduced yet.
In 1916 the set and spike started being used in the game when this sport was brought to Philippines. The fact that the game is played by volleying the ball back and forth finally changed the name into volleyball, this game was also became a favorite spare time activity of the US military during the world war II. The soldiers stationed in different places in the world played volleyball and also taught the local people how to play the game, unwittingly, this has brought volleyball far away from American broders.
Volleyball was mostly played indoor at first, but in the 1920′s many people started to play this game on the beach. There’s some argument regarding the location where the very first beach volleyball sport was played out, however the 2 almost certainly theories are Santa Monica, California and The Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. Well organized beach competitions were competed in 1948, though the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) didn’t form until 1983.
Indoor volleyball was initially included in the Olympic games in 1964. Beach Volleyball quickly became one of the most popular sports in the Olympic after being played as an exhibition in 96. Globally speaking, volleyball today is the 2nd most popular game in the world next to football, in the US alone there are approximately 46 million people playing this game while there are more than 800 milion people worldwide are playing Volleyball regularly.
Elvin Shipe is a personal trainer and a beach volleyball player