Love Volleyball? Thank William G. Morgan

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The invention of volleyball is credited to Willam G. Morgan, an American born in 1870. Morgan originally called the gam “Mintonette”. While working as the Director of Physical Education at the YMCA in Holyoke, MA, Morgan was interested in having a game that was easier to play and more inclusive than basketball. In order to […]


No, You Can’t Gain An Advantage By Just Mowing Half The Court!

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The say “the devil is in the details” and apparently that extends to the rules for setting up outdoor volleyball courts. The net height for outdoor co-ed volleyball is 7′ 11 5/8″ and the height must be measured from the ground, not from the top of the grass.  


Benching Of Player Leads To Felony Harassment Charges

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When John Kaskik’s daughter was benched during a recent Lisle High School (Illinois) match, he did just a little more than express his displeasure. Kasik followed the schools athletic director to his home where he confronted him. He then made harassing telephone calls all night threating the team coach and his family. Finally Kasik returned […]


Volleyball Has A Language All Its Own

If you want to be taken seriously as a volleyball player (or a fan), you need to speak the language. Before you take to the court, take the vocabulary test. Here is a list of the terms you’ll need to know.


Will Basketball Follow Volleyball’s Lead?

A lot of casual fans of women’s college sports are not aware that the net height for women’s volleyball is seven inches shorter than the height used for men’s play.  This disparity in thenet regulations is given much of the credit for the level of action and competitiveness in the women’s version of the game. […]


You Spike The Ball, Not Your Teammates

Eight members of the State University of New York at Geneseo have been charged with hazing after they were accused of mistreating six freshman team members. It is alleged that the women were handcuffed, blindfolded and forced to drink alcohol during an off campus party. One of the students was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. The […]


Batter Up! It’s Time To Play Volleyball

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Early in its life, volleyball had nine innings like baseball. An inning consisted of a serving rotation that gave each player on the court one chance to serve. After nine innings, the winner of the match was the team with the most points. This system fell out of favor in 1900. Thank you, Morgan’s original […]