Beach Volleyball... How Did This Fun Sports Get Started On The Beach.

 History of volleyball..

And how did you end up loving to play it, to watch it played and even fall in love with it when all the sands are in between all the tiny parts of your body? Because it's one thing to go to the beach and enjoy the waves, the smell of the ocean, to do a little swimming, to build a sand castle, and to even enjoy romantic moments with a loved one... But it's a whole other thing for you to be jumping around in the sand, diving into it, rolling around in it, and being very competitive with others while on the beach. But there are many people who love that kind of activity on the beach and they decided to make a fun sports out of it, and that was the beginning of Beach Volleyball. Because in 1895, Mr. William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Mass., decides to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball to create a game for his classes of businessmen which would demand less physical contact than basketball. He creates the game of Volleyball (at that time called mintonette). Morgan borrows the net from tennis, and raises it 6 feet 6 inches above the floor, just above the average man's head.

Basic Rules
Volleyball has a long list of specific rules, but in short, it is a game of two teams of six players separated by a net. A player on one team serves the ball by throwing or releasing the inflated ball and hitting it with his hand or arm from behind the back boundary line of the court. The ball must travel over the net and into the opposing team's court. That team can touch the ball up to three times in an attempt to hit the ball over the net and onto their opponent's side. Points are awarded to a team when the opposing team is unable to return the ball onto the opposing court. First team to 25 points with a 2-point advantage wins.

 How volleyball got started...

In 1927, Beach Volleyball crosses the Atlantic Ocean. It becomes the principal sport in a French nudist camp founded in Franconville, a north-western suburb of Paris.

Beach volleyball's history stems back to the earliest beach volleyball courts built in Santa Monica, California, in the 1920s. By 1927, beach volleyball was popular in Europe. In the 1930s, the game was adapted from the standard six-player teams to variations of two, three and four players. Beach volleyball was a key part of popular beach culture in the 1950s and 1960s, and the sport entered the Olympics in 1996 for men and women.

In 1947, The first official two-man Beach Volleyball tournament is held at Will Rogers State Beach, California with no prize money. It is organized by Bernie Holtzman and won by Manny Saenz and Harris.

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Also worth noting is that setting in beach volleyball is very different than setting in indoor volleyball. In beach volleyball the contact on the ball for the set is often far longer than in indoor volleyball. In beach volleyball the rule are different in that ball set must have limited spin in order to be allowed. For indoor volleyball this is far less the case and rather than looking at the spin what is taken into account for the set is whether the the contact on the ball was clean – one motion verses bad set where the hands do not contact the ball at the same time evenly.

In 1948, The first tournament to offer a prize is held in Los Angeles, California. It awards the best teams with a case of Pepsi.

In 1950, The beginning of "Beachmania": Beach Volleyball becomes an entertainment show with Beauty Contests included in the official program.

In 1960, Open tournaments are held on thirteen beaches in California: Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Will Rogers State Beach, Manhattan Beach, Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach, San Diego, Mission Beach, Newport Beach, Rosecrans, Sorrento Beach, Marine Street, and Laguna Niguel. The first Manhattan Beach Open takes place in 1960.

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In 1975, Winston Cigarettes becomes the first commercial company to sponsor a tournament which takes place in San Diego, California with 250 spectators. A total of $1,500 in prize money is offered with Dennis Hare and Fred Zeulich winning the event.

In 1976, Ron Von Hagen retires with record 62 Open Wins. Von Hagen is now considered the Babe Ruth of Beach Volleyball.

In 1983, On July 21, the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) is formed to protect players' interests and to preserve the integrity of beach volleyball.

In 1986, The first international Beach Volleyball exhibition in Rio de Janeiro is held with 5,000 spectators.... AVP Pro Beach Volleyball receives cable television coverage via "Prime Ticket", and Pro Beach Volleyball makes its network debut on ABC's Wide World of Sports... 

The Women's Professional Volleyball Association (WPVA) is created when a group of professional women that include former Olympic and collegiate All-American volleyball players join together.

In 1990, The first FIVB Beach Volleyball International Circuit offering $140,000 in total prize money, named the World Series, is created with men’s tournaments in Brazil, Italy, and Japan. The Brazillian event sells out with thousands of people outside the stadium wanting to get in. Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos are the Men's World Champions.

In 1993, On September 21, beach volleyball becomes an Olympic sport when the International Olympic Committee grants the sport medal status at Monte Carlo’s IOC meeting.

In 1994, Brazil, United States, and Chile host Women's FIVB Beach Volleyball events.

In 1995, Over 50 National Federations have set up a Beach Volleyball National Council to promote the sport in their countries.

In 1996, The first Olympic Beach Volleyball competition takes place from July 23 to 28 in Atlanta Beach, in a 10,000-seat stadium... The number of National Federations which have regular Beach Volleyball activities soars to 95.

In 1998, A massive TV campaign orchestrated by the FIVB Marketing Department and Television Agency, will give tremendous exposure to the World Tour... More than 120 National Federations now have regular Beach Volleyball activities.

In 1999, The Olympic qualification process starts with a period from January 1st 1999 until August 15th 2000. The best eight teams results will count towards the qualification of the best twenty-four men and twenty-four women's pairs at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

In 2000, On January 12, the newly formed professional women's beach volleyball tour titled Beach Volleyball America (BVA) announces the schedule and purses for their inaugural 2000 season of play... Holly McPeak becomes the richest women in beach volleyball, passing Karolyn Kirby early in the season and topping the $700,000 mark in career earnings.

In 2004, The third Olympic Beach Volleyball competition takes place from August 14 to 26 in a specially constructed 10,000 seat facility within the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex in Athens, Greece.

In 2007, In a championship match that lasted 1:41, Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs defeat Jennifer Boss and April Ross 21-19, 18-21, 16-14 in Seaside Heights. The marathon set the record for the longest match in rally scoring, men or women, in domestic or international play.

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In 2010, The AVP Tour closed its doors due to financial hardship, cutting short the 2010 season. "On behalf of AVP staff we want to express our sincere gratitude to fans, players, partners and sponsors," said Jason Hodell, AVP CEO. "Words cannot express our profound disappointment." Created in 1983 as a players' association, the AVP first ran the United States’ domestic tour in 1988.

Beach Volleyball... How Did This Fun Sports Get Started On The Beach? So now you can see just how Beach Volleyball progressed all throughout the years, and how so many have contributed their energy, their efforts, their commitments, their athletic abilities, and even their body as a sacrifice to make this fun sports great. And as long as Mankind is willing to allow their childhood to remain with them, along with their creativity and imagination, then there is no end to enjoying all the sports of the world, as well as creating new ones on the spot. So starting today, go out on the beach, wherever it maybe, and enjoy some Beach Volleyball... Your Sports Advocate, James Dazouloute

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