Ozarks Volleyball Championship: The History of Volleyball arriving at College of the Ozarks
Branson is a very peculiar town in the midwest. Though considered small or to some “moderately sized”, Branson is never confused for anything but a show town. But apart from shows, Branson has offered the people other sources of enjoyment, other reasons to bring people to Branson, what is it? BBV: Basketball, baseball and volleyball. These three Branson youth activities are the main ingredients of a fun filled year whether it’s hot or cold in Branson. Because it’s often overlooked, for this article we’ll focus on volleyball and the process of bringing an Ozarks Volleyball Championship.
The history of the Ozarks Volleyball Championship starts with the ivention of volleyball on February 9, 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts (USA) where William G. Morgan, a YMCA physical education director, created a new game called Mintonette as a pastime to be played indoors 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 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.
The first rules, written down by William G Morgan, called for a net 6 ft 6 in high, a 25×50 ft court, and any number of players. A match was composed of nine innings with three serves for each team in each inning, and no limit to the number of ball contacts for each team before sending the ball to the opponents’ court. In case of a serving error, a second try was allowed. Hitting the ball into the net was considered a foul (with loss of the point or a side-out)—except in the case of the first-try serve.
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. This brings us closer to an Ozarks Volleyball Championship.
Volleyball is a great and very old sport which has been seldom mentioned in the Midwest. Yet most colleges and universities have offered many scholarships for volleyball players this sport is overshadowed by the famous basketball and baseball. Despite this it is actually a very “midwesterny” sport. And because of this, every year during the fall, The College of the Ozarks in Branson hosts the MCAC (Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference) Volleyball championship in the Ozarks. This competition occurs from August to December and throughout its entirety brings hundreds of visitors; including teams, the officials, the coaches, fans, families of the team. These championships are extremely popular Branson youth activities as the youngsters get to see sports they play in high school at a higher level.
The reason for an Ozarks Volleyball Championship location is because parents and families love Branson because of the good old fashion family values and ethics shown by friendly people. The families and teams can be assured that any of the 100 Branson shows will be appropriate for their children during the between game times. Branson offers a wide variety of lodging from motel, golf front condominiums, cabins or lake view accommodations. For teams or fan groups coming to the area, there are group coordinators such as those at Thousand Hills Resort who can customize a package to include attractions, tours, accommodations and meals perfect for your group as you cheer your school to a volleyball championship victory.