Torneo Sports – Volleyball history

Volleyball history
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Volleyball history
… ..And there was recreation, developed and directed, a vast program of exercises and men’s sports classes for adults.

He realized that he needed some game of entertainment and competition at the same time to vary his program, and having only basketball, created four years earlier (1891), he made use of his own methods and practical experiences to create a new game.

Morgan describes his early research:

“Tennis came first to me, but it required rackets, balls, a net and other equipment. In this way, it was discarded. However, the idea of ​​a network seemed good. We raised her about 6 feet 6 inches off the ground, that is, just above the head of an average man. We had to have a ball and among those we had tried, we had the bladder (chamber) of the basketball. But it was too light and too slow; So we tried the basketball, same, but it was too big and too heavy. In this way we were forced to build a leather ball with a rubber chamber that would weigh between 9 or 12 ounces ”.

Initial rules and basic concepts were Establishment: the MINTONETTE; first name with which he had been baptized, he had been born.

Professor HALSTEAD draws attention to the “batida” or the active phase of the throw, proposes the name “Volleyball”

Thanks to the Ymca the game of volleyball was introduced in Canada and in many countries: Elwood S. BROWM in the Philippines; J. Oward CROCKER in Cina; Frank H. BROWN in Japan, Dr. J.H. GRAY in Burma, in China and in India, as altri precursori in Mexico, in South America, in Europe, in Africa and in Asia.

The first national volleyball championships took place in the United States in 1922, and it is in 1928 that the USVA is created: the United States Volleyball Association.

It was decided to organize a Constitutive Congress in Paris for 1947. Mr. LIBAUD and the French Federation were in charge of setting up this organization and helping to form the National Federations of BELGIUM, THE NETHERLANDS, LUXEMBOURG and SWITZERLAND.

The 13 Federations present in this Congress the status and regulation of the International Volleyball Federation, and in accordance with the rules of the American and European gioco. Meanwhile, in GIAPPONE and il sindaco part of the Asian countries, the game was played by nine players (Nine men system) on a 11 x 21 meter field.

However, at the FLORENCE Congress in 1955, the Japanese Federation decided to gradually introduce international rules in their country and throughout Asia.

An office was chosen, the chairmanship of which was entrusted to Mr. LIBAUD, and the Secretariat to Mr. LENOIR, the headquarters being set in Paris.

The first European Championship took place in Rome in 1948, and the first World Championship in Prague in 1949.


Parallel to the function and to the function of this organization, it was carried out and richiesti numbers for the volleyball examination at OLYMPIC GAMES.

Thanks to the Bulgarian Federation, the leadership of the International Volleyball Federation had the opportunity to present a tournament in Sofia (1957), during the session of the International Olympic Committee. A large number of members of the highest sports authorities attended the final, which was a magnificent demonstration.

Volleyball was recognized as an Olympic sport seven years later, when it was entered into the Tokyo Olympic Games program, initially with the participation of 16 men’s teams and, finally, with the help of the Japanese members of the International Federation of Volleyball, with 10 men’s and 6 women’s teams. The number of six women’s teams rose to eight for the Olympic Games in Mexico.

Più tardi, thanks to the great understanding of Mr. Avery Brundage, President, and a member of the International Olympic Committee, as well as of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games. of Monaco, volleyball could be represented by

r 12 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams, figures that should have been kept due to the great notoriety of this sport: 115 affiliated National Federations, more than 45 million practitioners in the world, and the ease given by these numbers for the organization of two tournaments 1972 Olympics.

Our desire was to obtain a more equitable formula with 20 teams, more in line with our needs for intercontinental divisions.

On the occasion of her third participation in the JJ: OO. the International Federation has reached its full administrative and sporting maturity.

This result was obtained by the work of each one, whatever their branch of activity, but above all by the collaborative spirit of solidarity and friendship that was always the basis of relations between managers, coaches and players.

Beyond sport, the International Federation has contributed its tribute to establishing a better human understanding. This mission must also be permanent.