AVC History

In 1895, William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Mass., decided to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball to create a game for his classes of businessmen which would demand less physical contact than basketball. He created the game of volleyball (at that time called mintonette). Morgan borrowed the net from tennis, and raised it 6 feet 6 inches above the floor, just above the average man’s head.During a demonstration game, someone remarked to Morgan that the players seemed to be volleying the ball back and forth over the net, and perhaps “volleyball”would be a more descriptive name for the sport. On July 7, 1896 at Springfield College the first game of “volleyball” was played.In 1895, game was invented in the USA by William G. Morgan.In 1897, the first Volleyball Rules were published by Morgan.

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