What Materials Are Used in Volleyball?

A volleyball, a net and poles, knee pads and volleyball shoes are used to play volleyball. Volleyball started with humble beginnings; now it has becomes a sport enjoyed by millions worldwide.

The objective of volleyball is to prevent the ball from bouncing in your team's half of the court while trying to make it land in the other team's court, resulting in a score. Teams can play to 15, 25, 30 or whatever number of points the teams agree upon. Volleyball requires a specific ball, called a volleyball, the size and weight of which depend on whether the game is played indoors or outdoors and the age of the participants. The minimum playing space for U.S. volleyball is 7 meters. A net and poles are needed to divide the court into two parts. Knee pads are worn to protect players during falls, slides and dives, and shoes with good ankle and arch support are also useful.

William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke Massachusetts, created volleyball for his classes of businessmen in 1895. His goal was to create a game similar to basketball, but less demanding for the older, less-athletic members of the YMCA. Volleyball incorporates elements of handball, basketball, baseball and tennis. Volleyball began as a game called mintonette, and it first appeared in the Olympics in 1924, although it was not added to the official Olympic roster until 1957. According to Volleyball.org, 800 million people worldwide play volleyball at least once per week, as of 2014.