The History and Evolution of Volleyball Volleyball is actually the 5th most popular sport, and the second most popular team sport in the world, with over 900 Million fans around the globe. It’s also a fairly recent sport, developed at Springfield Massachusetts in 1895 by YMCA instructor William G. Morgan.
Volleyball is a blend of basketball, baseball, handball, and tennis. Where did volleyball originate? Volleyball began in the 1890s when YMCA director William G. Morgan invented the game.
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The first beach volleyball tournament happened in 1948, and in 1949, the first volleyball World Championships took place in Prague, Czechoslovakia. By 1951, 50 million people in over 60 countries were playing volleyball, in 1955, volleyball became a part of the Pan American Games and in 1957 volleyball became an official team sport in the Olympics and was played in the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
History of Volleyball Evolution of the Game Organizations For the first time in the history of volleyball, volleyball was played in the Pan American Games in 1955. In 1957, volleyball was designated as an Olympic team sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Gary Colberg, the present Commissioner, succeeded Lon in 1975. The rules of volleyball have changed many times since William Morgan first developed the game in 1895 with an original purpose of providing some form of recreation and relaxation for businessmen at the Holyoke, MA Y.M.C.A.
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On July 7, 1896 at Springfield College the first game of “volleyball” was played. 1895: William G. Morgan (1870-1942) created the game of volleyball but called the game Mintonette. 1896: The first exhibition match of volleyball is played at Springfield College (called International YMCA Training school in 1896).
WELSTAR, AMGROW, VICTEAM, and HV Sport have been some of the famous American Companies to manufacture the volleyball ball today. Evolution of Panels: The evolution of volleyball ball panels from 8 to 32 is with the goal of increasing the grip while receiving serves and passing. The other major advantage was observed in the Olympics when the players could increase the serving speed and the spiking accuracy.
Morgan created the game of volleyball, at that time called mintonette. In 1896, the first official game of Volleyball was played at Springfield College. In the year 1900, Volleyball was popular enough that a new ball was customized for the sport. Five years later, Volleyball also spread to Cuba.