23 Historical Facts About Volleyball

images (1)Volleyball was invented as a safe recreational sport for adults and now has blossomed into the world’s fifth most popular sport with over 1 billion players.

What are some of the other unique attributes of the sport? You might be surprised to know that:



  1. Volleyball was invented in 1895 in Massachusetts by William G. Morgan.
  2. Volleyball was initially named “mintonette” but was changed to volleyball when Morgan heard an observer of the game point out that the players were “volleying” the ball back and forth to each other over the net.
  3. In 1916, the skills of set and spike were originated during a match in the Philippines.
  4. The Volleyball Hall of Fame founded in 1971 and is located in Holyoke MA.  It has over 100 honorees including players, coaches, officials, and contributors.
  5. Volleyball originally was an indoor only game, beach volleyball stems back to the 1920’s in California.
  6. The first two-man beach game was played in 1930.
  7. In 1900 the first specially designed ball for the sport was created.
  8. Having over a hundred years of history, on July 7th, 1896 the first official volleyball game was played at Springfield College in Massachusetts.
  9. Although in 1924 volleyball was demonstrated as an unofficial event during the Olympics that year in Paris, men’s and women’s volleyball wasn’t introduced as an official sport at the Olympic Games until 1964 in Tokyo, Japan.
  10. In 1947 the Federation International De Volleyball (FIVB) came into existence, and volleyball became an official game.
  11. The first men’s World Championships were held in 1949; in 1952 the first Championship was held for women.
  12. During the summer of 1976, at Will Rogers State Beach, the first professional beach volleyball tournament took place. It was called the “Olympia World Championship of Beach Volleyball”.2lntoboy7bfpsgva
  13. Beach volleyball became an Olympic sport in 1996 for both men and women.
  14. Volleyball is a great workout, as most volleyball players jump about 300 times a match!
  15. The only Olympic sport that has a rule prohibiting the players from wearing too much is beach volleyball.
  16. 75 hours and 30 minutes is the time for the longest volleyball game ever recorded; the game took place in Kingston, North Carolina. That’s quite the workout!
  17. The first volleyballs were the bladders of basketballs until Spalding Company invented a separate volleyball in 1898.​
  18. During a match, players are known to vertically leap over 300 times.
  19. The fastest serve was clocked at 132 kilometers an hour – 81.84 miles an hour.
  20. American Karch Kiraly is the only person to win a Golden Medals Indoors (1984 & 1988) and as a Sand Player (1992).
  21. Only the Cuba Women have won three consecutive indoors Gold Medals (1992, 1996, 2000).
  22. On the sand, only Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor have won three consecutive Gold Medals as teammates. (2004, 2008. 2012).
  23. In 1999,Rally Scoring became the method of tracking a score as opposed to the original format of only the serving team could score.