Y Volleyball Leagues
Every winter, the Riverbrook Regional Y offers a Volleyball League comprised of about 13 teams with 10-15 players per team. There are Recreational and Competitive Divisions within the League.
The Volleyball League season runs from the end of October through early April, culminating in playoffs and awards for division winners.
Corporate and Individual Teams are welcome.
Contact the Sports Staff for full details on the Y’s Volleyball Leagues.
Did You Know That Volleyball Was Invented at the YMCA?
On February 9, 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, William G. Morgan, a YMCA physical education director, created a new game called Mintonette as a pastime to be played preferably indoors and by any number of players. The game took some of its characteristics from tennis and handball. Another indoor sport, basketball, was catching on in the area, having been invented just ten miles away in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, only four years before. Mintonette (as volleyball was then known) was designed to be an indoor sport less rough than basketball for older members of the YMCA, while still requiring a bit of athletic effort.
After an observer, Alfred Halstead, noticed the volleying nature of the game at its first exhibition match in 1896, played at the International YMCA Training School (now called Springfield College), the game quickly became known as volleyball (it was originally spelled as two words: “volley ball”). Volleyball rules were slightly modified by the International YMCA Training School and the game spread around the country to various YMCAs.