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The History of Volleyball

Volleyball was created by William G. Morgan in 1895. He was the physical director of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Volleyball was first created as a less strenuous alternative of basketball as it was seen too difficult by some. When William Morgan first introduced volleyball it was called mintonette, however after seeing the volleying motion in the sport, a professor renamed it to volleyball.

How it is Played

Volleyball consists of 2 teams, with six players playing on the court at a time. The players volley the ball back and fourth over a net until the ball cannot be returned by one team. A point can be won in many ways: If the ball touches the floor inside the court, if the ball if hit or touched and goes outside of the court, if a player touches/interferes with the net while the point is in play, if the ball is held by any player while the point is in play, if the ball hits the net during a serve, if the ball hits the net and is not returned by a player (not applicable for serving) and if one team touches the ball more than three times before returning it to the other side of the net.


An official volleyball match consists of 5 sets, with sets 1 to 4 being first to 25 points and set 5 being first to 15 points. However, a team has to win the set by a margin or two or more points in order to win the set. If three out of the 5 sets are won, then that team will be the winner of the match.

There are many different positions that can be played by each of the six players on the court. These positions are, setter, opposite hitter, outside hitter, libero, middle blocker and teams can have defensive and serving specialist.

Types of Shots in Volleyball

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