The Origin Of Volleyball

By who and when volleyball was created.


By: Raina Gullo, Journalist

Volleyball, formally called mintonette, is believed to be made in Massachusetts, the year of 1895, by William G. Morgan. The game was thought up as a combination of basketball, tennis, handball, and a little structure from baseball. The ball from basketball, the net from tennis, the handling of the ball from handball, and the innings, now known as sets, from baseball. The basketball was found to be too heavy, so a newly designed ball, which was smaller and lighter, was introduced in 1900.

Morgan, who was the physical director at the Young Men’s Christian Association in Holyoke, Massachusetts, looked at the sports around and picked the aspects that he thought suited his idea the best. Morgan, who said he invented the game of volleyball, thought of the idea that people who found basketball ‘bumping’ or ‘jolting’ could have an alternative activity to fall back on. Morgan introduced the sport at the YMCA Physical Director’s Conference a year after he came up with it at Springfield College, Massachusetts. Though it was incomplete, the sport did enough to win over the delegation and soon became a part of the association’s wide network throughout the USA with a new name – volley ball (originally it was two separate words). Volleyball was officially selected to be a single word in 1952.

This sport, created with a mish-mash of four different sports, now played by approximately 800 million people, had been established.