The original name for volleyball was Mintonette in 1895 a year later it was changed to Volleyball
William G. Morgan (1870-1942), who was born in the State of New York, has gone down in history as the inventor of the game of volleyball, to which he originally gave the name "Mintonette". The young Morgan carried out his undergraduate studies at the Springfield College of the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) where he met James Naismith who, in 1891, had invented basketball.
Morgan, who served as the physical director at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Holyoke, Massachusetts, introduced the sport -- called Mintonette, the original name of volleyball-- at the YMCA Physical Director's Conference a year later at Springfield College, Massachusetts.
1895: William G. Morgan (1870-1942) created the game of volleyball but called the game Mintonette. 1896: The first exhibition match of volleyball is played at Springfield College (called International YMCA Training school in 1896). 1900: A special ball was designed for the sport.
Volleyball was called Mintonette because of its similarity with badminton. However, Alfred Halstead later renamed it to volleyball because the objective of the game was to volley the ball back and forth over a net.
The original name for the sport was "Mintonette" but changed to "Volleyball" very early on. Like the name the rules of the game have transformed and developed over the years. However, the spirit that volleyball was created in has been carried on through over a century.
Gary Colberg, the present Commissioner, succeeded Lon in 1975. The rules of volleyball have changed many times since William Morgan first developed the game in 1895 with an original purpose of providing some form of recreation and relaxation for businessmen at the Holyoke, MA Y.M.C.A.