Wednesday, March 14, 2007



· Volleyball is the second most popular amateur participatory team sport in the United States trailing only basketball.

· The sport is growing at the rate of over ten percent each year.

· 800 million people play volleyball in 210 countries-46 million in the U.S. 650 million in 178 countries, by comparison, play soccer.

· Volleyball is three and a half times bigger than tennis, golf, and other sports that are considered to be lifetime sports.

· It is a game played nearly 50-50 by men and women.

· 58 percent of participants are between the ages of 18 and 34.

· Beach volleyball debuted as a medal sport in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

· Nationwide, 38 million people play volleyball 25 times or more per year.

· Volleyball is an American game originated in Holyoke, Massachusetts 110 years ago.