Bay Area Volleyball


Kendall Lee, Journalist

The Bay Area has many different clubs for every sport you can name. Volleyball is one of the many big sports communities in the Bay Area.

What is volleyball? According to, volleyball is “a game for two teams in which the object is to keep a large ball in motion, from side to side over a high net, by striking it with the hands before it touches the ground.” The most basic volleyball moves consist of the bump, volley, and spike; also known as the pass, set, and hit or kill. There are five positions played in volleyball, which include the Setter, the Outside hitter/Left side hitter, the Middle blocker/Middle hitter, the Right side hitter/Opposite hitter, and the Libero/Defensive specialist.

Each position has an important role in the game. The Setter sets up the ball so the hitters get a chance to spike the ball over the net and possibly score a point. The Outside, Middle, and Right side hitters block the ball coming from the opposing team on the other side of the net. These players also hit the ball that the setter sets up for them. The Libero always plays in the back row. Players in this position pick up the balls that are hit or passed to the middle of the court.

Volleyball was invented in 1895,  originally called “mintonette.” The sport was invented by William G. Morgan, a graduate from Springfield College of the YMCA, four years after basketball was invented. This new sport was a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball. The United States Volleyball Association (USVBA), now called USA Volleyball, was founded in 1928 and has over 383,000 members and 4,500 clubs.

Founded in 1982, the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) has over 25,000 members, 1,400 teams, and 400 clubs. They run girl’s volleyball, boy’s volleyball, and beach volleyball. The association accepts members of many ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. NCVA runs all of the volleyball clubs in Northern California from the Oregon border to Bakersfield, California, as well as Northern Nevada. On their website, NCVA says, “The ‘Vision’ is to promote participation in a quality program that provides a positive and safe athletic environment through a variety of developmental and competitive opportunities for junior players of all ages, skill levels, and diverse groups.”


What is volleyball? Volleyball is an evolving sport with a big community of players, teams, and clubs. There are more than 800 million players around the world, with around 46 million in the United States. The sport is more than 120 years old! Volleyball has a long history, from getting a specific ball invented for the sport in 1900, to eventually becoming an official sport in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.