Volleyball was invented in 1895 by YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) physical fitness director William G.  Morgan, in Holyoke (Massachusetts). The original name of VB was « mintonette ».

William G. Morgan was born in Lockport in 1870 (State of New York).

He meet James Naismith (who, in 1891, had invented basketball) during undergraduate studies at the Springfield College.

He became Director of Physical Education at Holyoke YMCA.

In this role he had the opportunity to develop a vast programme of exercises and sports classes.

In 1895, he decided to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis an hadball to create a new game for his classes wich would demand less physical contact than the other sports. So he created the « mintonnette » now call « Volleyball ».

During a demonstration game, someone remarked that the players seemed to be volleyinf the ball back and forth over the net. This is probably the descriptive name for the sport.

William G. Morgan died in 1942,  until his death its in Glenwood cemetary.


July 7th 1896 : First volleyball match in Springfield College.
1900 : A special ball was designed for the VB.
1916 : Developement of the « bomba » in Philippines (the set and the spike were introduced)
1920 : 3 hits per side and back row attack were instituted.
1928 : USVBA (United States VolleyBall Association) was formed.
1930 : First beach volley game (2 X 2)
1940 (env.) :  Forearm pass introced to the game.
1947 : FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volley-Ball) was founded in Paris (France).
1949 : First World Championship in Prague (Czechoslovakia)
1955 : Pan American Games included Volleyball.
1957 : I.O.C. (International Olympic Comittee) designated VB as an Olympic sport in the 1964 O.G.
1960 : New techniques added to the game included : the soft spike, forearm pass, blocking across the net, defensive diving & rolling.
1964 : .Volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Games in Tokio.
1983 : The AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) was formed.
1987 : FIVB added Beach VB World Championship.
1990 : World League was created.
1995 : .VolleyBall was 100 years old.
1996 :  Beach VB (2 X 2) was added to the Olympics Games in Atlanta.