Volleyball has been a favorite sport of all people and all ages over the last century. Like the game of basketball, volleyball was born at the YMCA. Originally called “mintonette,” the game was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan — a graduate of the Springfield College of the YMCA.
Morgan designed the game to be a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball. The game’s popularity promptly took off. Though the game’s rules and setting have changed slightly over the years (the original net was only 6.5 feet high!), volleyball remains one of the most popular sports programs at the YMCA and throughout the world.
A team game that requires communication and teamwork, volleyball develops both positive human interaction and promotes a love for physical activity and fitness. The YMCA offers both youth and adult leagues, as well as instructional programs for kids.