A Brief History of Volleyball

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Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan in Holyoke, Massachusetts. According to Merriam-Webster, volleyball is “A game played by two teams of six players each, in which an inflated ball is volleyed over a high net.” The objective of scoring would be to volley the ball within a limit of three touches, until the ball comes in contact with the opposing team’s court. Volleyball has evolved to appeal to both genders, and has marked a spot in the World Olympics. It eventually led to the creation of beach volleyball. Physics can be complex when only looking at equations inside a physic book; however, by observing a game of volleyball the concepts can become easier to comprehend. Concepts such as gravity, velocity, acceleration, and Newton’s laws of motion are displayed throughout the six different positions on the court, and through the player’s different skills: serving, passing, digging, blocking, setting, and hitting. To begin a play, the bottom right player must successfully serve the volleyball over the net, either by an underhand or overhand serve. This skill requires an exerted force on the ball that will send it upward and forward. To get a visualization of a serve, Figure 2.18 states, “When a ball is thrown straight up, its acceleration is 1 g downward. This causes it to slow down on its way upward, stop at an instant, and then speeds up on its way downward.” (Ostdiek, V. J. & Bord, D. J., 2000) Gravity takes action by exerting a downward force, causing
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