Volleyball: a short story

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Volleyball: a short story

If ever a game was a hybrid, volleyball is a classic case of it. The sport can trace its origin back to many modern ones. It has borrowed from basketball, tennis, baseball and handball. Volleyball’s founder, William G.Morgan invented the sport in 1895 and
called it mintonette. It changed names after a comment from a spectator described the game as the ‘volleying’ of the ball. In 1896, the game began to be called Volleyball after Alfred Halstead coined the name.  

Morgan, who was the Director of Physical Education at the Holyoke, Massachusetts, Young Men’s Christian Association met with James Naismith. Naismith was a sports coach and had invented basketball for his students back in 1891. Taking inspiration from this