History - Becoming a Competitive Sport 1930-50
The first volleyball history section was about volleyball origins. When
was volleyball invented? Who invented volleyball?
In this section we go through the development of volleyball
into a more
History and Rules - From Recreation into
a Competitive Sport 1930-50
In these next 20 years of volleyball history the rules became clearer
and the game more competitive.
The world is really catching on and
participating in this great sport.
How the rules developed and the game changed in the era?
History - Moving Forward
1932: Time outs are limited to 1 minute.
is allowed to step outside the own court side in order to make a
play, but the player can't switch position in the line up.
1933: In the USSR the first national championship is
1934: National volleyball referees become part of the game.
1935: A player commits a foul, if he touches the net.
The players' positions are marked with the crosses on the floor.
No one is allowed to step off of the court as
long as the ball is in play on the spiker's side. This rule
is made so that spikers do not get a running start from far away of the
court. Spikers used to go off the court, run and make a one legged jump to spike the ball.
1937: It was allowed to contact the ball multiple times in defense when defending against hard driven spikes.
is Recognized in the Rules:
1938: Blocking is recognized as a valuable technique and is
officially introduced into the rules. It is the Czechs who
It was in 1920's when the first attempts to block the
Volleyball - Volleyball Rules United
1939: Two guides are created to bring together the rules of
volleyball throughout the world. The Annual USVBA Reference
Guide and the Official Rules of the Game of Volleyball provide very
useful information on the game.
the Creator of Volleyball
1940: The creator of volleyball, William G Morgan, dies at
the age of 68 very
pleased with how his idea has developed into a worldwide passion.
is tested in volleyball. A game with two twenty minutes sets - and a
game in which actual play time is 8 minutes were tested. Timing
ideas found only a litte support.
Soldiers Spread Volleyball in World War II
1942: In the Second World War volleyball is a hit among the
troops. The Chiefs of Staff encourage the sport among the
troops because it keeps them in good shape and teaches them how to work
together as a team.
It is allowed to hit the volleyball with any body part above the knee.
1943: Ideas about an international volleyball organization
1947: This is the point in the history of volleyball where American
and European rules for the game unite.
In Paris 14
federations formed the Federation Internationale De Volley-Ball and
Frenchman Paul Libaud is the first president.
Only in Asia
are the rules different. In Asia there is no rotation of
players and on the court the players are arranged in 3 lines of 9
First European Championship for Men:
1948: The first European Championship is held in
Rome. Czechoslovakia wins the tournament.
After the war
the rules of the game are rewritten so that they can be better
A better definition is given to
Service is limited to a small portion of the back
court. Each player must be in their right place during the
Rest time between one game and another is set at three
The First World Championship in
First World Championship for Men:
1949: The first Men's World Championship is held in
Prague. The USSR wins.
The use of back row setter is allowed, which leads to three
player attack in the front zone.