Fact File about the Invention of Volleyball: Invention: Volleyball *** Date of Invention: 1895 *** Name of Inventor: William G. Morgan *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1870 - 1942 *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Historical Period: Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian (1850 - 1914) *** Category: Sport *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventor, William G. Morgan, and the invention of
Fact 1: Who invented Volleyball? The Volleyball was invented by William G. Morgan in 1895 during the Second US Industrial Revolution era of inventions (1850 - 1914).
Fact 2: Who invented Volleyball? Prior to the invention of Volleyball in
1895, basketball had been established just four years before, in 1891. The game
of Volleyball was designed to combine elements of the newly established game of
basketball with the older games of baseball, tennis, softball, handball and badminton.
Fact 3: Who invented Volleyball? The Industrial revolution had changed
the lives of people. There was more time for leisure, great stadiums and
recreational parks were being introduced and people had begun to enjoy different
Fact 3: Who invented Volleyball? The inventor of Volleyball, William G. Morgan, was born on January 23, 1870 in Lockport, New York, United States and died on December 27, 1942.
Fact 4: Who invented Volleyball? The game of Volleyball was originally
called 'mintonette' a derivation of badminton and 'nette' meaning to
"take hold of". The name was changed to the more descriptive term 'Volleyball'
in 1896, which was taken from the word 'Volley' used as a sporting term in
tennis meaning "to return the ball before it has hit the ground".
act 5: Who invented Volleyball? The early years of William G. Morgan were spent in Lockport, New York, United States where he was raised by his family. William G. Morgan was educated at
Mt. Hermon Preparatory School in Northfield, Massachusetts and Springfield
Fact 6: Who invented Volleyball? Following his education, in 1894, his first job was as
physical director of the Auburn, Maine YMCA. and the next year took up a similar
post at the Holyoke YMCA in Massachusetts where he was given the opportunity to
develop sports programs for adult males.
Fact 7: Who invented Volleyball? William G. Morgan's aim was to create a
new game, that could be played indoors or outdoors, that did not require the
expense of bats or rackets. He decided that a net would be a simple way of
diving two teams playing a ball game and his idea of 'mintonette' , later
Volleyball, was born.
Fact 8: Who invented Volleyball? The idea of a simple net stuck and the
idea of hitting a ball with the hand, instead of a racket as in tennis, over a
high net was different to any other sport. William G. Morgan decided that a good
height for the net should be above head-height, about 6 feet 6 inches from the
Fact 9: Who invented Volleyball? The kind of ball to be used for such a
game caused a problem. Existing balls were too light and too slow or too heavy
and too fast.
Fact 10: Who invented Volleyball? William G. Morgan asked the sporting
goods firm of A. G. Spalding & Bros. of Chicopee, Massachusetts and they
developed a prototype game ball.
Fact 11: Who invented Volleyball? William G. Morgan went on to devise the
rules of his new game and enthusiastic volunteers at the Massachusetts YMCA
began playing the new game.
Fact 12: Who invented Volleyball? William G. Morgan arranged a
demonstration of 'mintonette' for the YMCA Directors of Physical Education
at at the YMCA Training School at Springfield College.
Fact 13: Who invented Volleyball? Morgan selected firefighters J.J.
Curran and John Lynch to be captains of the two teams and presented hand written
rules of the new game to the directors.
Fact 14: Who invented Volleyball? The game was thoroughly enjoyed by
participants and spectators alike. Its appeal was that the sport was so
versatile, could be played outdoors or indoors, did not require expensive
equipment and could be played by people of all ages, not just students like many
Fact 15: Who invented Volleyball? After reading the rules and seeing the
demonstration of the game, a Professor at Springfield College called Alfred T.
Halstead suggested the name be changed to “Volley Ball” because the object of
the game was to “Volley” the ball.
Fact 16: Who invented Volleyball? The game of Volleyball was a resounding
success and in 1897 the first official handbook of the North American YMCA
Athletic League was published.
Fact 17: Who invented Volleyball? During the 1920's the game of Beach
Volleyball was established in California. The professional game of Beach
Volleyball was introduced in the 1970s and the sport achieved Olympic status in
Fact 18: Who invented Volleyball? In 1928 William G. Morgan witnessed the
establishment of the United State Volleyball Association and his invention of
Volleyball had spread to many other countries in the world.
Fact 19: Who invented Volleyball? In 1938 William G. Morgan was honored
at the Springfield College Alumni Dinner as the inventor of Volleyball.
Fact 20: Who invented Volleyball? William G. Morgan died on December 27, 1942
at his home in Lockport, New York.
Fact 21: Who invented Volleyball? The Federation Internationale de
Volleyball (FIVB) was founded in 1947 and the sport made its Olympic debut at
the 1964 Tokyo Games.
Fact 22: Who invented Volleyball? In 1985, William G. Morgan was honored
with the distinction of being the first inductee of the Volleyball Hall of Fame
in Holyoke, Massachusetts that had been established to preserve the history of
this popular sport.