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The basic skills needed to play volleyball are serving, passing, setting, spiking, blocking and digging. Proper technique and form are essential to getting the ball in the desired location and to building up speed and power. Teamwork is also a vital part of volleyball as the rules of the game dictat


There is dispute over whether the ball used in the first volleyball game was a basketball or a basketball's inner air bladder. Basketballs at the time (1895) were made of leather, while basketball bladders were made of cloth. The first ball manufactured for use in volleyball was made of leather.


The game of volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan. At the time, it was called mintonette and was created to combine the best aspects of handball, basketball, tennis and baseball.


Fundamental skills in volleyball include the serve, the hit, the pass, the set and the spike. However, skills such as the dig, the block, the roll and the dink are also helpful.


To set a volleyball, form a triangle shape with your forefingers and thumbs, and keep the volleyball in the air using the strength of your hands, arms and legs. You may only use your fingertips to make contact with the volleyball, however.


Commonly used terms in volleyball include "free ball," "pepper" and "side out." Other commonly used terms in the game are "approach," "attack," "spike" and "block."


Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, a YMCA instructor in Holyoke, Mass. According to Volleyball.org, Morgan combined elements of basketball, tennis, baseball and handball to create a new sport that was originally called "mintonette."


Beginning with the most basic of rules, each team is allowed six players on the court at one time. Three of these players are designated front row players and three are confined to the back row. Each team is allowed three hits to return the ball over the net.


Regulation volleyballs typically weigh 10 ounces. However, there are different types of materials along with a variety of volleyball types, which may cause volleyballs to weigh slightly more or less than the typical weight.


The volleyball equipment essential for game play includes the ball, a net and poles and markers for boundary lines. Pole pads and reinforcement cables for the net may also be used in organized play. Kneepads, moisture-wicking spandex shorts and specialized shoes are typically worn by players in indo