“The history and legends of Volleyball”
The first written rules for the game - originally called "mintonette" - reveal a game remarkably similar to the one played today, with a few exceptions, including the structuring of each contest into nine "innings."Douglas Beal, coach of 1984 U.S. Men's Gold Medal Olympic Volleyball Team, served as keynote speaker for the inaugural induction ceremony.A total of 112 men and women from 21 countries around the world have since been inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame. The international appeal of the sport partly explains a shift in the pool of inductees over the past decade. The lists of inductees were mostly Americans until about 1998. Since then, inductees have come from around the world and contribute to the honoring of the sport and its home in Holyoke. The Hall provides the opportunity to bring people from different cultures and different parts of the world together to celebrate the sport.The Volleyball Hall of Fame also grants three additional awards:The William G. Morgan Award, named in honor of the founder of volleyball, and created in 1994, recognizes continuous support and promotion of the national and international growth of the sport of volleyball and the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Created in 1996, the Mintonette Medallion of Merit is awarded in recognition of significant individual achievement.The Court of Honor was established in 1988 to honor an organization or team for its significant contributions and commitment to the sport of volleyball.
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