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Volleyball Study Guide Historical Facts About Volleyball Volleyball was developed in 1895 by William G. Morgan at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was created for businessmen who required a game that involved less physical contact than basketball. Volleyball was originally played using a tennis net hung 6 feet 6 inches above the floor. It was originally called mintonette. The game officially became known as volleyball in 1896. The original rules of the game evolved over the next 20 years and by the early 1920’s the rules were standardized to what we use today with a few exceptions. The United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) was founded in 1928. It is now called USA Volleyball. In 1947 the International Volleyball Federation was formed with 15 countries represented. In 1953 the first World Championships were held and in 1955 volleyball was played in the first Pan-American Games. Volleyball was first played in the Olympics in 1964 in Tokyo. Collegiate championships for both men and women were held in 1969. In 1984 the US men won the gold and the women the silver in the Olympics in Los Angeles. The US men won the gold again in 1988 in Korea and then again in 2008 in China. The US Women won the silver medal in the 2008 Olympics in China. Beach volleyball was added to the Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta. Nature and Purpose of the Game Net height for women is about 7 feet 4 inches and for men about 8 feet. The court is 30 feet by 60 feet. Teams are composed of 6 players, 3 players on the front row and 3 players on the back row. The ball is put into play by the right back who serves from anywhere behind the end line
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