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In 1995 the sport of Volleyball was 100 years old The sport originated in the United States and is now just achieving the type of popularity in the US that it has received on a global basis where it ranks behind only soccer among participation sports Today there are more than 46 million Americans who play volleyball There are 800 million players worldwide who play Volleyball at least once a week In 1895 William G Morgan an instructor at the Young Mens Christian Association YMCA in Holyoke Mass decided to blend elements of basketball baseball tennis and handball to create a game for his classes of businessmen which would demand less physical contact than basketball He created the game of Volleyball at that time called mintonette Morgan borrowed the net from tennis and raised it 6 feet 6 inches above the floor just above the average mans head During a demonstration game someone remarked to Morgan that the players seemed to be volleying the ball back and forth over the net and perhaps volleyball would be a more descriptive name for the sport On July 7 1896 at Springfield College the first game of volleyball was played In 1900 a special ball was designed for the sport 1900 - YMCA spread volleyball to Canada the Orient and the Southern Hemisphere 1905 - YMCA spread volleyball to Cuba 1907 Volleyball was presented at the Playground of America convention as one of the most popular sports 1909 - YMCA spread volleyball to Puerto Rico 1912 - YMCA spread volleyball to Uruguay 1913 - Volleyball competition held in Far Eastern Games 1917 - YMCA spread volleyball to Brazil In 1916 in the Philippines an offensive style of passing the ball in a high trajectory
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