History of the volleyball balls are in a way amazing. In fact we find a lot of interesting stuff about volleyball while we were doing some research about the game.
Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are divided by a net. To score points you need to ground the ball on the other team’s court under organized rules.
There is an extensive set of rules but play proceeds with the following pattern: a player on one of the teams begins a 'rally' by serving the ball (tossing or releasing it and then hitting it with a hand or arm) from behind the back boundary line on the court, so the ball goes over the net and into the other teams court.
The team may take up to three touches but individual players may not touch the ball twice consecutively. Typically, the first two touches are used to set up for an attack, an attempt to direct the ball back over the net in such a way that the serving team is unable to prevent it from being grounded in their court.
Volleyball was created in 1895 by William G. Morgan, in the process of creating the sport he combined elements of Handball, Basketball, Baseball & Tennis.
But none of the balls used in those sports were suitable for the aim of volleyball and keeping a ball high over a very high net so it was required for a new ball to be developed.
Because the ball must remain in the air when the first ball was developed the aim was to keep it light enough but not too light so that it would only move slowly.
The first players would play with the bladder from the interior of a basketball and even once attempted to use a basketball but it was far too heavy.
So in the year of nineteen hundred, William G. Morgan asked the A.G Spalding & Bros near Chicopee, in his home town of Massachusetts to develop a ball for his sport of volleyball and they did.
The first ball had three layers, consisting of
- a latex bladder made from similar material to bicycle tyres,
- the second was a cheesecloth material coating around the bladder and
- the third was a leather outer layer.
This was an efficient design that worked in play and satisfied most players and due to this modern volleyballs are still made with the same specifications.
A new design came about in the year 2008 for the Beijing Olympics. The ball for the indoor Olympic competition was developed by Mikasa and they manufactured a brand new design.
The new ball only had eight panels to allow a firmer contact with the hand and also for increased accuracy. The ball was also made with dimples that create a truer flight pattern. This was the first major modification to the ball in over 100 years.
Modern volleyballs have a circumference of between 25 and 27 inches, and weigh from 9 to 12 ounces. Volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Games in 1964 in Tokyo.
Beach volleyball became an Olympic sport in 1996, the year after the game was 100 years old.
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