List Of Volleyball Facts

List of Volleyball Facts

Volleyball is a sport that has been around for over 100 years. It is one of the most popular sports and is played all over the world. It was created in the United States in an attempt to combine factors from different sports together. The sport has many interesting qualities; let's learn some key facts about volleyball below!


History Facts

  • Volleyball was invented by William G. Morgan in 1895.
  • William G. Morgan was the physical director of the Young Men's Christian Association also known as YMCA.
  • William G. Morgan created volleyball due to issues he had with basketball. These issues included how basketball was too rough for young children and how it was too demanding for the elderly.
  • On July 7th, 1896 at Springfield College, the first game of volleyball was played.
  • Volleyball originally used a basketball to play, until William G. Morgan changed the ball to one made out of rubber in the 1900s.
  • Volleyball borrows elements from other games. It borrows the net from tennis, the ball from basketball, the idea of playing with your hands and playing off the overhangs and the walls from handball, and it borrows the concept of innings from baseball.
  • During a match that was held in the Philippines in 1916, the skills of the spike and set were created.
  • In 1930, the 3-hit rule was created. The 3-hit rule in volleyball states that players on one team can only hit the ball three times. This was created to help keep the momentum of the game.
  • Volleyball was originally called "mintonette'' until a professor from Springfield College thought the name "volley ball" would fit better due to the volleying nature of play. Later on in 1952, the name was changed to what we know today as "volleyball."
  • When the game was created, it quickly became popular among women, men, playgrounds, armed forces, and many countries.
  • 1913 is when the start of international volleyball competitions began. These competitions started in Manila.
  • In World War I, volleyball was introduced into Europe by American troops.
  • Volleyball was first played at the Paris Olympics in 1924, but medals weren't awarded until the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.
  • The United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) was founded in 1928.
  • Beach volleyball was introduced in California in 1930.
  • The Association of Volleyball Players (AVP) was founded in 1983.
  • Beach volleyball became a part of the Olympic Games in 1996.
  • Until the 2012 Olympics in London, female volleyball players had to wear either a bikini or a one-piece swimsuit.
  • In the 2016 Rio Olympics, some women didn't wear the required volleyball outfits. Egyptian players started to wear long sleeves, long pants, and a hijab to accommodate their religious and cultural beliefs.

Facts about the Rules of Volleyball

  • There are a total of six positions on the court. There is a setter, outside hitter, opposite hitter, middle hitter, the libero, and the defensive specialist.
  • Three of the volleyball players are placed in the front row, and the other 3 players are placed in the back row.
  • In volleyball there is one player that has a different colored jersey than the rest of the players. Their position is called the libero. They have a much more diverse job compared to all of the other players.
  • The time limit for service is eight seconds. This means that the server has to serve within eight seconds after the referee blows the whistle. If the server fails to serve within the eight seconds, then the point is given to the other team.
  • For an indoor volleyball game, it is required that there is a minimum vertical ceiling height of 23 feet.
  • The tallest player is at the position of the Middle Hitter/Blocker. They have this position based on the needed leverage to hit over the net.
  • A player on a team is not allowed to touch the ball twice consecutively.
  • A volleyball player is not allowed to touch the net in a game.
  • A player is allowed to hit the ball with any part of their body, but they are not allowed to hold, catch, or throw the ball.
  • A volleyball game consists of 5 sets, the team that wins 3 of the five sets wins the match.
  • In each set there are 25 points. If each team wins two sets, the tie-breaker set goes to 15 points.

Facts about Volleyball

  • A pepper in volleyball is a passing and hitting drill done without a net.
  • A player will jump an average of 300 times per game.
  • The longest volleyball game on record lasted a total of 75 hours and 30 minutes.
  • A regulation volleyball court is 29 feet, 6 inches wide by 59 feet. The net for men is 7 feet, 11 5/8ths inches high, and for women it is 7 feet, 4 1/8ths inches high.
  • The most common injuries in volleyball include ACL injuries, knee injuries, finger injuries, shoulder injuries, lower back injuries, rotator cuff tendinitis, and ankle injuries.
  • Volleyball is considered to be a great workout for players of all ages.
  • Around the world, more than 800 million people play volleyball, and around 46 million people play volleyball every week.
  • There are a total of 220 affiliated national federations for volleyball.
  • A volleyball has to have a circumference between 25-27 inches, and the weight must be 9-12 ounces. The ball has a total of 18 slightly rectangular panels that divide into six sections, with each section having three panels.
  • A one-handed block is called a Kong. It is referred to as such because of King Kong, who swatted at planes with one hand while balancing on the Empire State Building.

Fun Facts

  • The first college volleyball coach to reach 900 wins is Al Scates. He coached for the UCLA Bruins. He won 19 NCAA championships and has won coach of the year 5 times.
  • Volleyball is regarded as one of the most popular sports worldwide, right behind soccer.
  • Another reason volleyball was invented is because William Morgan wanted a game where players weren't required to run.
  • The first time colored volleyballs were allowed in a tournament was in 1998. Colored volleyballs were introduced to make it easier for spectators and those watching on TV to be able to follow the ball.
  • Volleyball games previously had a time limit of 8 minutes.
  • The youngest volleyball player to win a national title in beach volleyball was 17 years old. Her name is Xue Chen. She is 6 feet and 3 inches tall and is from China.
  • Cuba's women's national team is the only team to win three consecutive gold medals at the Olympics. They won the medals in 1992, 1996, and 2000.
  • The country with the most national championships for volleyball is Puerto Rico.
  • More than 1 billion people watched the first beach volleyball game to be broadcasted live. It took place in the 1996 Olympics and 24 teams took part in the tournament.
  • The tallest volleyball player in the world is 7' 3.5" and the shortest male volleyball player in the world is 5' 5".
  • The fastest volleyball serve was clocked at 83.8 mph.
  • In a volleyball match, players vertical leap on average over 300 times.
  • William George Morgan, the inventor of volleyball, also met the inventor of basketball.
  • Before volleyball was introduced to the public, the last thing to figure out was what type of ball would be used.