Where It Began

William G. Morgan invented the game called “mintonette” in 1895. Later the name was changed to volleyball. Interestingly enough Morgan designed the game to be a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball. The first volleyball net was actually a tennis net and was only 6 feet 6 inches tall. By today’s standards the net should be 32 to 33 feet long or 36 feet between the poles and 39” tall. In 1930 the first two man beach volleyball game was played in California.


  • 1900, Ball invented
  • 1916, set and spike concept .
  • 1917, game was changed from 21 to 15 points.
  • 1922, YMCA national championships: Brooklyn, NY: 27 teams
  • 1928, United States Volleyball Association was formed.
  • 1930, first two-man beach game
  • 1934, referees were used.