Author: Jiri Popelka

The Game Volleyball

Volleyball has come a long way from the dusty-old YMCA gymnasium of Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA, where visionary, William G. Morgan, invented the sport back in 1895. It has seen the start of two centuries and the dawn of a new millennium. Volleyball is now one of the big five international sports, and the FIVB, with its 218 affiliated national federations, is the largest international sporting federation in the world. Over the last decade particularly, volleyball has witnessed unprecedented growth. With the success of its world competition such as the World Championships, Olympic Games, the US15$ million World League, Grand Prix, World Cup, and World Grand Champions Cup, the level of participation at all levels internationally continues to grow exponentially. The beach volleyball phenomenon, although hugely visible, is still just in its infancy. From the first FIVB World Tour event just over ten years ago, to the overwhelming spectator and television success of ‘Beach’ at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, beach volleyball has opened up Volleyball to a completely new market. The Game – Volleyball Volleyball is a complex game of simple skills. The ball is hit from up to 60cm above the height of a basketball hoop – that’s about 3.65m – and takes 0.3sec to get from the spiker to the baseline receiver. That means the receiver must assess incoming angle, decide where to pass...

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History of Volleyball & Volleyball history

William G. Morgan (1870-1942), who was born in the State of New York, has gone down in history as the inventor of the game of volleyball, to which he originally gave the name of “Mintonette”.   Download history of volleyball The young Morgan carried out his undergraduate studies at the Springfield College of the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) where he met James Naismith who, in 1891, had invented basketball. After graduating, Morgan spent his first year at the Auburn (Maine) YMCA after which, during the summer of 1895, he moved to the YMCA at Holyoke (Massachusetts) where he...

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Tomas Rubacek, Ankara 2004Volleyball in Turkey is not only the most popular. No. 1 sport is football but volleyball league is getting stronger every year.     Competition How many teams play in the competition? How many go lower, how many come up?18 teams play the competition, the first 4 teams play the play-off, the last 4 teams go lower from the league.Which system do you play? ( basic part, play-off, play-down )We play the double bout at home and abroad – 34 matches of basic part, play-off – 2 tournaments first 4 teams, everybody with each other –...

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Jan Svoboda, Geneve 2004 About volleyball league in non volleyball country Switzerland is writting opposite J. Svoboda which played several good season over there.     Competition How many teams play in the competition? How many go lower, how many come up?8 teams, 2 go lower, 2 come upWhich system do you play? ( basic part, play-off, play down )2 times at home everybody with each other, the same abroad, play-off 1-8, 2-7, 3-6 and so on…When does the competition start, when does it finish? How many matches a week?We start in the end of September and the end...

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Karel Kvasnicka, Canary Islands 2005 Spanish volleyball league summary with some amusing parts is written by Karel Kvasnicka, the player of the Jusan Canarias Las Palmas team.     Competition How many teams play in the competition? How many go lower? How many come up?14 teams, 8 teams come up to the play-off. I don´t know anything about lowers.Which system do you play? ( basis part, play-off, play-down )Basic part 13 times at home and the same abroad. Play-off 1-8, 2-7 and so on.When does the competition start, when does it finist? How many matches a week?It will start...

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