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 in many countries and is played all over the world. It was created in the United States in an attempt to combine factors from different sports together into one athletic, exciting activity. 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 the YMCA, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
  • William G. Morgan created volleyball due to issues he had with basketball. These issues included how basketball was too rough for young children and 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 three-hit rule was created. The three-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 going.
  • 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 and men, on playgrounds, in the armed forces, and in many countries around the world.
  • 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 beach volleyball players had to wear either a bikini or a one-piece swimsuit.
  • At 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, libero, and defensive specialist.
  • Three of the volleyball players are placed in the front row, and the other three 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 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 unless the first touch is a block.
  • 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 five sets; the team that wins three 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, six inches wide by 59 feet. The net for men is seven feet, 11 5/8ths inches high, and for women, it is seven 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 five times.
  • Volleyball is regarded as one of the most popular sports worldwide.
  • Another reason volleyball was invented is that 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 eight minutes.
  • The youngest volleyball player to win a national title in beach volleyball was 17 years old. Her name is Xue Chen. She is six feet and three 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.
  • More than one 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 84.26 mph.
  • William George Morgan, the inventor of volleyball, also knew the inventor of basketball, James Naismith.


Where can you find volleyball information?

You can find volleyball information on the websites of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), the international governing body, and of USA Volleyball, the US national volleyball team. Both websites feature official rulebooks and articles on training, basics, and strategy. The FIVB website provides information on tournaments and players, including rankings and results for indoor and beach volleyball. The USA Volleyball website features a calendar of national team competitions, with a convenient portal to buy tickets.

What is volleyball?

Volleyball is a ball-and-net sport played by teams of six players in the indoor version and teams of two players in the outdoor iteration–called beach volleyball as it is played on sand. Players get two volleys among their teammates before they must pass the ball over the net and into their opponent’s territory. When a team fails to pass the ball over the net or hits it out of bounds, the opposing team scores a point.

Volleyball is a popular sport in many countries, but the three countries where it is arguably the most popular are Brazil, the United States, and Russia. Brazil is a country that is often in the Top 5 of the FIVB Senior World Rankings, and their National Volleyball Team has won three Olympic gold medals and three silver medals in the sport. As the country where volleyball was invented, the United States naturally loves volleyball, and Team USA has won four Olympic gold medals in indoor volleyball, as well as seven in beach volleyball. Finally, Russia is another big investor in volleyball, and their national team has won four Olympic golds and four silvers in the sport, along with three bronze medals.