Volleyball originated in the United States in 1895 as a blend of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball.
Today, volleyball has spread to 211 countries around the world, and is recognized as a truly international, widely played, popular sport.
In 1895, William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Mass. Morgan created the game of volleyball, at that time called mintonette.
In 1896, the first official game of Volleyball was played at Springfield College.
In 1900, a special ball was designed for the sport.
Five years later, Volleyball also spread to Cuba. This international signified the start of the Volleyball era.
In 1907, Volleyball was presented at the Playground of America convention as one of the most popular sports. This was the first credit the sport received, and helped to further the sport recognition.
Over the next five years volleyball spread to Central American countries.
In 1913, volleyball was held in the Far Eastern Games. This was the first official volleyball competition.
In 1916, volleyball had arrived in YMCA Brazil and South America. The set and spike was first executed in the Philippines. This offensive system altered how the game was played. For the first time the ball was set in a high trajectory and then spiked by a teammate. The Filipinos created the kill, known in United States as bomba. The bomba was named after the attacker called the bomberino.
In 1920s, there are unconfirmed whispers of men’s teams playing on the beach in Hawaii, but most accounts place the sport’s origin in Santa Monica, California where the first Volleyball courts are put up on the beach at the Playground. Families play 6 vs. 6…
In 1920, three hits per side and back row attack rules were instituted.
In 1922, the first YMCA national championships were held in Brookliyn, NY. 27 teams from 11 states were represented.
Since 1928, the USVBA, now known as USA Volleyball (USAV), has put on national men’s and senior men’s (age 35 and older) volleyball championships every year except during 1944 and 1945.
In 1930s, the first two-man beach volleyball game is played in Santa Monica, California..
In 1934, the approval and recognition of national volleyball referees.
In 1937, at the AAU convention in Boston, action was taken to recognize the U.S. Volleyball Association as the official National Governing Body (NGB) in the U.S.
In the late 1940s, some European national federations began discussing the need for creating an international governing body for the sport of volleyball.
The FIVB was founded in Paris, France in 1947. Initial discussions eventually lead to the installation of a Constitutive Congress in 1947. Fourteen national federations representing five different continents attended meetings where the organization was officially formed.
One of the main goals of the 1947 Congress was achieved two years later with the establishment of the first international major volleyball event, the World Championship.
In 1952, a women played in FIVB tournaments for the first time in volleyball history.
For the first time in the history of volleyball, volleyball was played in the Pan American Games in 1955.
In 1957, volleyball was designated as an Olympic team sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
In 1959, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) had volleyball be one of the eight competitions held in first University Games in Turin, Italy.
In 1960, seven midwestern institutions formed the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA).
In the 1960′s, new volleyball techniques were developed. Off-speed hits, open hand tips, forearm passing, blocking at the net, and defensive plays such as diving and sprawling become a big part of the game.
In 1964, volleyball was first played in the Olympics in Tokyo. Volleyball became a part of the Olympic Games, which allowed it to grow even more.
In 1974, Japan telecasted a major volleyball event in Mexico, the World Championships.
In 1983, the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) was founded by Leonard Armato. The organization started its own beach volleyball tour in the United States in 1984.
In 1986, the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association (WPVA) was formed to administer, govern, and protect the integrity of Women’s Professional Beach Volleyball.
In 1987, the FIVB added a Beach Volleyball World Championship Series 1989 – The FIVB Sports Aid Program was created In 1990, a men’s volleyball competition called the World League was created.
In 1995, the sport of Volleyball turned 100 years old.
In 1996, for the first time in the history of volleyball, beach doubles volleyball is included in the Olympic Games.
Major events in the 90’s took place including the establishment of annual competitions for men’s and women’s volleyball (the World League, in 1990, and the Grand Prix, in 1993), the indication of Beach volleyball as an Olympic event (1996). These events and many rule changes in the game were made the purpose of enhancing the popularity and public visibility of the sport.