The History and Evolution of Volleyball

Volleyball is actually the 5th most popular sport, and the second most popular team sport in the world, with over 900 Million fans around the globe. It’s also a fairly recent sport, developed at Springfield Massachusetts in 1895 by YMCA instructor William G. Morgan. The sport, originally named ‘mintonette’, borrowed ideas from a number of sports including basketball, tennis, handball and baseball. The following year, professor Alfred Halstead proposed changing the name to ‘volleyball’ after observing the volleying nature of the game. The sport became very popular, very quickly, being played by both men and women around the country at various colleges, playgrounds and even throughout the armed forces.

    The evolution of competitive swimming

    Swimming is something most of us take for granted. For most of us, it’s something we learn to do at a young age to stop our lungs from filling up with water if you were to accidentally fall into a river. Prior to the 19th century, people would have thought you were crazy thinking of swimming as a sport in the same vein as football or tennis. Now swimming is one of the most popular participation sports in the world.

      Basketball and how a 30 year old gym teacher invented one of the most popular sports in the world

      Unlike most other sports that have roots that date back thousands of years, basketball is a fairly recent sport and there is no ambiguity as to when and how it was created. In Springfield Massachusetts, December 1891, 30 year old YMCA gym teacher James Naismith invented the game as a way to keep peoples fitness levels up during the incredibly cold Boston winters. To create the game, he used a wooden peach basket, a 10-foot pole and a soccer ball. In 1891, the first ever basketball game was played between Naismith’s students, with a final score of 1-0.

        The evolution of Tennis

        Tennis is a game that most of us would have encountered at some point in our lives. It’s a sport in which two opposing players, or a pair of players use rackets to hit a ball over a net. Points are awarded when your opponent fails to return the ball within a defined set of boundaries.