With roots that date back into the 1800s, beach volleyball history has
taken some interesting twists and turns on its way to Olympic
Through the years, the game, its organizational level and its players
have enjoyed many triumphs.
Some of the major points on the timeline of beach volleyball history
1895 - William G. Morgan, the physical director of the
Holyoke YMCA, creates a game called mintonette. This derivative of
baseball, basketball, tennis and badminton later chances its name to
1900 - William Morgan's game of volleyball spreads to
Canada, which is known as the first country outside the U.S. to enjoy
The birth of beach volleyball
most likely took place in 1915 in Hawaii, on the Waikiki Beaches
1918 - By this year, volleyball had spread to such
countries as Cuba, Japan, France, China and most of Europe. During
World War I, U.S. troops helped spread this sport. Beach versions of
the game likely began to appear during this time.
Beach Volleyball Invented - Expansion in 1920's
Beach Volleyball in Hawaii 1920's
1920 - This was a major year in the history of volleyball
and beach volleyball, as well. 1920 saw the very first doubles
championships held in Philadelphia at the Germantown YMCA. It was also
during 1920, that Santa Monica, California, is credited with
establishing the first beach volleyball courts. This, in essence, was
the true kickoff for this sport.
The very first beach volleyball games had been taken place
in Hawaii, on the Waikiki Beaches in Honolulu - at the Outrigger Canoe
Club. From there the sport spread to Southern California and become
popular past time. 1924 the first beach volleyball tournaments were
played in California. The game was more recreational in 1920's and
often played with 6-men teams. On public beaches families and friends
showed up to play with 3-men or 4-men teams - depending how many people
1920-1930 - Beach volleyball continues to spread around the
world between the 1920s and 30s. By 1930, the game appeared in such
international locations as Bulgaria, Latvia, the Czech Republic and
France. The two-man version of the sport began to popularize as players
in Santa Monica started playing the game in this fashion.
Volleyball on the Sand Was
in the Early Years of Volleyball Already.
It is written Paul "Pablo" Johnson was the one of the
pioneers in two-man Beach Volleyball. In the summer of 1930 in Santa
Monica he was waiting people to show up to play six-man game in the
beach - until decided to try to play with four people who were present.
1944 Santa Monica Recreation Department hosted four
tournaments for two-men teams in Beach Volleyball. In the next couple
of years similar tournaments were played in Santa Monica and Long Beach.
1947 - It was in this year that first tournament took place
on State Beach in California. The two-man event had no prize money on
1948 - The first tournament with a prize (a case of soda)
was held on State Beach.
1950's Beach Volleyball Spreading to Northern California,
US Soldiers playing volleyball in World War II 1944. US soldiers spread volleyball all over the world during World War I and II.
Tournament play became a very big deal during this decade as the first
circuit was organized among players on Corona del Mar, Laguna, San
Diego, Santa Barbara and State beaches in California. The unofficial
tour is established in California - some tour stops paying little
amounts of prize money.
Women start getting more involved in Beach Volleyball. Mixed doubles
games are played first, then later women's extend their participation
to two-women teams.
Also, the first newspaper-sponsored event took place in Brazil during
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