History of Volleyball Sports:
- Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William Morgan.
- It was initially called "Mintonette".
- It evolved into its modern form in the early 1900s.
- Volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Games in 1964.
Competition Rules for Volleyball Sports:
The Volleyball competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will be held in accordance with:</
- The FIVB Official Volleyball Rules
- The Olympic Charter
- FIVB assumes the responsibility for the technical control and direction of Volleyball in the Olympic Games.
Playing Area for Volleyball Sports:
The playing area includes the playing court and the free zone.
Playing Area Dimensions:
- The playing court is a rectangle measuring 18 x 9 m.
- The court should be surrounded by a free zone measuring 3 m wide on all sides.
- The free playing space should be atleast of 7 m in height from the playing surface.
- For FIVB World and Official Competitions, the free zone should be atleast 5 m from the sidelines and 8 m from the end lines.
- The surface must be flat, horizontal and uniform.
- It should not be rough or slippery.
- For FIVB World and Official Competitions, only wooden or synthetic surfaces are allowed.
- The surface must be previously approved by the FIVB.
- On indoor courts the surface of the playing court must be of a light color.
Lines on the Courts:
- All lines are 5 cm wide.
- They should be marked with a contrasting color.
- Two sidelines and two end lines mark the playing court.
- Both sidelines and end lines are drawn inside the dimensions of the playing court.
- The Centre line divides the playing court into two equal courts measuring 9 x 9 m each.
- The Attack line marks the front zone.
Volleyball Sports Events:
The following events are included in the program for Beijing Olympics 2008:
- Volleyball Men
- Volleyball Women
Venues for Volleyball Sports:
- The volleyball event of the 29th Olympic Games will be held in Beijing from August 9-24, 2008.
- The preliminary competitions will be held at the Capital Indoor Stadium and Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium.
- The finals will be held at the Capital Indoor Stadium.
- 144 men (12 teams of 12 athletes per team)
- 144 women (12 teams of 12 athletes per team)
- Total of 288 athletes