What sport was once known as “mintonette”?
Answer: Volleyball was invented by William G. Morgan, the director of the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts. In 1895, Morgan devised the game as a blend of elements from basketball, tennis, and handball, aiming to create a less physically demanding sport that could be played indoors during the winter months. Initially known as “Mintonette,” the game involved players hitting a ball back and forth over a net, trying to keep it off the ground on their side. As the sport gained popularity, it underwent further refinements in its rules and gameplay. The name “volleyball” emerged due to the volleying nature of the game.