Have you ever played mintonette? The game, invented in 1895, involved teams that took turns volleying a ball over a raised tennis net. Think this sounds suspiciously like volleyball? You're absolutely right.
The term mintonette, which referred to the net, was short-lived. During an exhibition game, a spectator voiced the opinion that "volleyball" was an apt descriptor and the name stuck. So did the game itself. Today, volleyball is played by 46 million Americans. It's become a popular international sport with legions of loyal fans, including a large following during Olympic competitions.
Even though the game has reached professional status, volleyball is still perfect for backyard play. Whether you're a traditionalist who prefers a regulation net and by-the-book rules, or a fledgling amateur who doesn't know the difference between a dink or a bump, here are five volleyball variations that will make you want to head straight to the net.