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The History of Volleyball William Morgan introduced the game of volleyball in 1895 while he was teaching at the Holyoke YMCA in Massachusetts He wanted to create a game for his classes of businessmen that would have less physical contact than basketball He combined the elements of basketball tennis and handball to form the game he called mintonette He borrowed a tennis net and raised it 6 feet 6 inches above the floor When a demonstration game was played someone said it looked like the players were volleying the ball over the net and perhaps volleyball might be a better name The first game of volleyball was played at Springfield College on July 7 1896 The National Collegiate Athletic Association formed rules in 1916 After World War II the sport of volleyball began gaining great popularity and in 1947 the International Volleyball Federation was formed Volleyball became an Olympic event in 1964 and has since become a popular international sport The Rules of the Game The basic rules of the game of volleyball are actually quite simple A team must score 15 points to win a game However a team must win by at least two points Only the team serving the ball can score a point If they score they continue serving If they fail to score a side out is called and the other team gets the serve The game is played with six players on a side three in the front and three in the back The player on the right side in the back row is the server Unlike other sports in volleyball a player gets to play all six positions Each time the team gets the ball back to serve the players rotate one position They move clockwise during the entire match Whichever player moves into the right back position gets to be the next server The server must hit the ball either underhand
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