Mintonette William Morgan @ the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts blend of elements of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball
1896, July 7th - At Springfield College, the first game of "volleyball" was played
1907 Volleyball was presented at the Playground of America Convention as one of the most popular sports
1916 Philippines- an offensive style of passing the ball in a high trajectory to be struck by another player (the set and spike) were introduced
1916 - The NCAA was invited by the YMCA to aid in editing the rules and in promoting the sport Added to school & college physical education & intramural programs
WWI 1917, the game was changed from 21 to 15 points 1919 American Expeditionary Forces distributed 16,000 volleyballs to it's troops and allies. This provided a stimulus for the growth of volleyball in foreign lands
1920s 1920, three hits per side and back row attack rules were instituted 1928, it became clear that tournaments and rules were needed, the United States Volleyball Association (USVBA, now USA Volleyball) was formed
1930s 1930, the first two-man beach game was played.
1940s 1947, the Federation Internationale De Volley-Ball (FIVB) was founded in Paris Late 1940s Forearm pass introduced to the game (as a desperation play). Most balls were played with overhand pass.
1950s 1951 - Volleyball was played by over 50 million people each year in over 60 countries 1957 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) designated volleyball as an Olympic team sport, to be included in the 1964 Olympic Games.
1960s 1960's new techniques added to the game included - the soft spike (dink), forearm pass (bump), blocking across the net, and defensive diving and rolling 1964, Volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Games in Tokyo (Japanese gave us the modern version of the ball)
1970s 1974, the World Championships in Mexico were telecast in Japan 1975, the US National Women's team began a year-round training regime (men started in 1977)
1980s 1983, the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) was formed 1984, the US won their first medals at the Olympics in Los Angeles. The Men won the Gold, and the Women the Silver. 1988, the US Men repeated the Gold in the Olympics in Korea
1990s 1995, the sport of Volleyball was 100 years old! 1996, 2-person beach volleyball was added to the Olympics
Today China, Brazil and Russia lead the world London will host 2012 Olympics 2nd most popular sport in the WORLD!!!