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The sport of volleyball was created by a man named William G. Morgan of Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1895. Morgan was a physical education teacher at the YMCA and called it "mintonette". It was an indoor or outdoor pastime that had characteristics of both handball and tennis. The first rules were written down by Morgan himself. He wrote that the game called for a 6 foot 6 inch net and a court of 25x50 feet. A match composed of 9 innings and 3 serves for each team in each inning. In case of a serving error they got a second chance just like in tennis. If the ball it the net…show more content…
In 1986 USA won the first men's World Championships. China took the women's Gold. Beach Volleyball was also first recognized. In 1987 the first Beach volleyball world championship was played in Ipanema, Brazil. Ever since a lot of these events volleyball has grown in popularity and is now played world wide and both men's and women's clubs and organizations play at national and international tournaments. At this time in Southern California volleyball is as serious as the winter games in Finland. Both Boy's and girls compete year round and the competition is fierce. Not to far behind is the Northern California Volleyball association. The NCVA has put out many of the nations greatest.
Many injuries that occur with volleyball run from Bruises to breaks. The most common are ankle or knee injuries since a lot of stop and go and jumping. Often muscles are pulled in the shoulders and back. In volleyball injuries are all too common. Whether its landing wrong or player collision injuries and volleyball players go together like rain and water. Often you may see a girl with bruises all over her knees and elbows but its just from the game or practice she recently had. Volleyball may seem like a less exsausting sport compared to basketball but in Volleyball muscles are constantly stopping and going and movements are very prisice and sharp. A player has to be almost lightning fast and and in deep
Get ready to bump, set and spike! Kidzworld checks out the rules, history and the fun facts of the game of volleyball.
Volleyball is one of the world's most popular sports and is played by more than 800 million people on the planet at least once a week. The game of volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, a teacher at a YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He combined parts of tennis, baseball, basketball and handball to create a new game to be played indoors by people who wanted less physical contact than basketball. Morgan borrowed the net from tennis and raised it six feet, six inches above the floor, a little higher than an average man's head.
When volleyball was first invented, it was much different from the game today. You could have as many players as you wanted on each team. There were nine innings per game, with three outs per innning. There was also no limit on the number of hits of the ball on each side of the court. Here are the basic rules of volleyball today.
- Volleyball is played by two teams of six players on a court divided by a net.
- The object of the game is to send the ball over the net so that the opposing team cannot return the ball or prevent it from hitting the ground in their court.
- Each team has three hits to attempt to return the ball.
- The ball is put in play by a serve that is hit by the server over the net to the opponent.
- When the receiving team wins a volley, it gains the right to serve, and the players rotate one position clockwise.
- When the serving team wins a volley, it wins a point and the right to continue serving.
- The ball must clear the net on a serve.
- A game is played to 21 points or some other agreed upon number. The team that wins the best two out of three games wins the match.
Terms and Lingo
- Ace - When the ball is served to the other team and no one touches it.
- Sideout - When the team that served the ball makes a mistake, causing the ball to go to the other team.
- Roof - When a player jumps above the height of the net and blocks the ball.
- Dig - When a player makes a save from a very difficult spike.
- Kill - When a team spikes the ball and it ends in either a point or a sideout.
- Beach volleyball was made an Olympic event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
- Volleyball was called mintonette at first but it was later changed to volleyball, to describe the way players volley the ball back and forth over the net.
- The lethal combination of setting the ball for another player to spike it hard to the other side was invented in the Philippines. This tactic was originally called the Philippino Bomb.
Volleyball is a fun sport that is easy to learn and can be played in a gym, at the beach, or on grass. Playing volleyball will help improve your cardio, flexibility, balance and coordination. Most schools have a volleyball team or you can also find leagues for kids at your local community center. If you're not into joining a team, you can just grab a volleyball and a few friends and play your own game.