How Mintonette was Invented and Later became Volley ball, and then Volleyball
Mintonette as it was originally called was the name given to the sport founded by William G Morgan that later became volley ball and today is known as volleyball. The sport roots can be traced back to Holyoke, Massachusetts when William the director at the local YMCA created the sport as an alternative to the more physical basketball. Basketball was becoming popular at the time but Morgan wanted to create a sport at his physicality where his members did not have to run. So he strung a badminton net in the gym and using the bladder of an old soccer ball invented volleyball.
The sports origins of “mintonette” are rooted in the fact that the original sport was much like badminton so “minton” to “mintonette.” The court was 25 by 50 feet originally and the net 6 feet 6 inches high. In attempt to bring in other sports the game originally was mimicked after baseball with 9 innings and 3 servers per inning. Also originally there were unlimited number of players on each side.
William G Morgan died On December 27th 1942. He was inducted in the volleyball hall of fame in 1985 at its inauguration by another future hall of famer Doug Beal.
Quick Mintonette and Volleyball Facts:
- Over 1 billion people tuned in to watch the first live beach volleyball at the 1996 Olympics.
- It is estimated that 1 billion people play volleyball weekly globally and that over 7 million people play in the United States.
- At the 2008 Olympics Beach Volleyball was the most viewed sport at the Olympics!
- Karch Kiraly is the most recognized Male volleyball player in the world.
- Misty May and Kerri Walsh are the most dominant and well known female volleyball players in the world.