Background

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Volleyball was invented in the United States in 1895 by William G. Morgan at the Holyoke, Mass. Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).

Don't Want to Break a Sweat...

Morgan's idea for volleyball came about because he wanted to find an activity to entertain businessmen on their lunch breaks, BUT basketball was way too strenuous.

Power Combo

Morgan combined facets of basketball, tennis and handball into "Mintonette," as it was first called. The rules didn't come into play till much later. At first, any number of players could be on the court at once, and any number of hits was allowed.

Developing the Game

Offensive techniques were first developed in the Phillipines around 1916, which led to further developement of the rules as a whole. Increased offensive skills called for increased defensive skills, so strategy also flourished.

Popularity

Volleyball now has international popularity and has been in the television spotlight. It has been an Olympic sport since 1964, and beach volleyball was introduced in 1996. The United States continually produces top-notch volleyball Olympians, like beach volleyball Gold Medalists Kerri Walsh and Misti May-Treanor. College volleyball has also gained a lot of popularity in the NCAA, and the Florida Gators are usually ranked among the top teams in the country.