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Originally known as mintonette, volleyball was invented in 1895 by American William G. Morgan.  Morgan wanted to create a game that was a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball.  The indoor game quickly became established and then, starting as early as the 1920s, the beach version of volleyball evolved.  Indoor volleyball has been included in the Olympics since 1964 and beach volleyball since 1996.

Volleyball Facts

  • Six players on the court with substitutions allowed in the indoor game
  • Two players with no substitutions in the beach game
  • The standard indoor volleyball court size is 18m x 9m
  • The standard beach court is 16m x 8m
  • Rally point - the winner of each rally, irrespective of which team served, scores a point

Volleyball is essentially a game of transition from one skill to the next, with choreographed team movement between plays on the ball.  These team movements are determined by the team’s chosen serve receive, offensive, coverage, and defensive systems.

In the traditional indoor game, there are five positions filled on every volleyball team at the elite level - setter, outside hitter/left side hitter, middle hitter, opposite hitter/right side hitter and libero/defensive specialist.  Liberos are defensive players who are responsible for receiving the attack or serve and they wear a different colour jersey than their teammates.  Each of these positions plays a specific, key role in winning a volleyball match.

Beach Volleyball is played on sand courts.  Matches are the best of three games played to 21 points (15 points for the third game) and teams switch ends every seven points.  Teams play rally point, where the winner of each rally, irrespective of which team served, scores a point.

The BC Summer Games provides a beginning step for volleyball athletes to be introduced to the competitive stream of the Volleyball BC development model.  Many athletes who have competed in the BC Games strive towards provincial team and national team involvement.  

Volleyball BC is the provincial organization responsible for volleyball and represents over 6500 members.  Notable alumni include five time CIS Champion and National Team member Shanice Marcelle (Victoria), National Men’s Indoor team captain Fred Winters (Victoria), and 2012 Beach Volleyball Olympian Martin Reader (Comox).