Volleyball is a unique team sport with a brief history. It is one of the few team sports you can bet on to give you a full-body workout. It is also only one of the few sports invented in the United States, and it is now a popular sport that is played all over the world. Volleyball is played by individuals of various ages and genders, and all nationalities. It instils in us the value of cooperation and teamwork.
Volleyball is a sport in which two teams of six players compete on a court separated by a net, with each team attempting to score by causing the ball to land on the opposing team’s court. On February 9, 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, William G. Morgan invented volleyball. Morgan, a YMCA director, first created the indoor game Mintonette, a mix of badminton, handball, and tennis. Because of the volleying character of the activity, it was dubbed ‘volley ball’ (later ‘volleyball’) at the first exhibition game of the new sport, in 1896. The sport increased in popularity worldwide, and in 1964, it was designated as an Olympic sport.
Every sport has its peculiarities. Baseball and cricket, for example, are the only sports in which the defence holds the ball and outnumbers the offence on the field. Tennis and badminton, on the other hand, are the only sports in which the court size expands as the number of participants increases. Volleyball, furthermore, has its own set of distinguishing characteristics.
Here are five interesting facts about volleyball which you may or may not have already known.
- Size matters – Volleyballs must meet specific size and weight specifications. The diameter should be between 25 and 27 inches, and the weight should be between 9 and 12 ounces. The ball comprises 18 slightly rectangular panels separated into six sections, each with three panels. It could be made of real or fake leather.
- Leading libero – One player on each six-person team wears a different-looking jersey. The libero is the player who has complete freedom of movement, both on and off the court. For example, they can fill in for a hitter who isn’t very good on defence in the back row. The libero is not permitted to hit the ball on the 10-foot line’s front area. However, they may hit the ball behind this line, as long as they do not go over the net’s top line.
- Big bomberino – Set and spike were the first attacking tactics to be adopted in the Philippines. One player hits the ball high into the air, and another player strikes the ball hard into the opponent’s court. The impact is usually powerful, making it difficult to defend against. Thus, ‘bomba’ was the name for the spike or kill, and ‘bomberino’ was the name for the spiker.
- Life’s a beach – Beach volleyball is thought to have started on a beach in Waikiki, Hawaii, which is unsurprising. Outrigger Canoe Club members set up a volleyball net on the beach and began playing. However, the two-person team started in 1930, at the Athletic Club in Santa Monica, USA. When other club members failed to show up for a game, club member Paul Johnson decided to play with only four players – with two on each team. This configuration proved so popular that it is still in use today.
- Age is only a number – Karch, an American volleyball player, set the record as the oldest player to win an AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) tour title on August 13, 2005. Kiraly and his partner Mike Lambert took first place in Huntington Beach, California. At the time, he was 44 years old. In addition, Kiraly is the only volleyball player to have won Olympic gold medals in both beach and indoor volleyball.
Volleyball does not require you to be Misty May-Treanor or Kerry Walsh Jennings to enjoy it. Volleyball is a fantastic activity for individuals of all ages and skill levels to enjoy. It can be enjoyed all year because it can be played both inside and outside. Volleyball offers other advantages in addition to the basic enjoyment of the game. For starters, it’s a pleasurable method to burn calories. Playing volleyball can let you burn up to 585 calories in 45 minutes of play. The game also strengthens and tones muscles. Volleyball strengthens the upper body, arms, shoulders, thighs, abdominals and lower legs through all the different actions and movements. Volleyball also helps with hand-eye coordination, reflexes and one’s balance.
As a consequence of these active demands, volleyball proves to be a full-body workout that requires every muscle in your body to participate. This has resulted in the sport often being regarded as one of the best and most enjoyable total-body workouts available.
To summarise, the advantages of playing volleyball are far more and far-reaching than many people realise. Enhanced cardiovascular health, muscular strength, hand-eye coordination, weight maintenance, agility, speed, stamina, endurance, reflexes and response time are just a few of the many physical benefits. Volleyball also has equally excellent mental and emotional benefits. Improved self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork, interpersonal skills, and a stronger sense of contentment and belonging. It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve social interaction, emotional connection, a sense of accomplishment, and much, much more.