The History of Beach Volleyball
The game of volleyball, originally called “mintonette”, was invented by William G. Morgan in 1895. Morgan, a graduate of the Springfield College of the YMCA, designed the game to be a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis and handball.
During a demonstration game, someone remarked to Morgan that the players seemed to be volleying the ball back and forth over the net, and perhaps “volleyball” would be a more descriptive name for the sport. On July 7, 1896 at Springfield College the first game of “volleyball” was played.
Currently with more than 800 million volleyball players worldwide, volleyball is the 2nd largest sport in the world. Click here for the full story.
Introduction to Beach Volleyball
Beach Volleyball is an athletic and fun style sport that caters for all ages and types of people, from a social level to a highly skilled, professional level. It is a non-contact sport that allows both men and women to compete with and against each other, without fear that the women shall get injured by over competitive men.
Here are some brief facts about the sport itself:
- Beach Volleyball is exploding, as one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
- Profile of players – 18 to 40 years of age. Sporting peak is from 32 – 36 years of age.
- Profile of spectators – 14 to 62 years of age.
- Race Group Participation:
- Non-White 56%
- White 44%
- The sport 1st became an Olympic medal sport in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
- It was the 1st sport to be completely sold-out at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
- Beach Volleyball moved up from being the 13th most important sport to broadcast at the Sydney Olympic Games, to the 3rd most important sport to broadcast by the end of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
- South Africa was the first African country to have teams qualify for the Olympic Games in both the male and female divisions.
Introduction to Pococks
Pococks Indoor Beach Volleyball Arena is an indoor beach volleyball arena with a Brazilian style sports bar. We are situated in the Northlands Deco Park just off Witkoppen Road and Malibongwe Drive (Previously Hans Strydom Avenue). The venue is a clean, spacious beach arena where a number of different events can be hosted.
Pococks can host your company’s team building or corporate function. With a wide range of activities we should appeal to everybody in your diverse office. We have training facilities such as a conference room, a large screen training area, a fully licensed bar, braai area and a light meals restaurant.
Alternatively, you can join our 6-a-side corporate beach volleyball leagues or our more challenging 4-a-side beach volleyball leagues. Our leagues are run from Monday evening to Thursday evening. All you need is a team committed to play once a week on the night of your choice. You won’t require a whole lot of skill to have fun right away. Our grading system separates teams into various skill levels and allows for more fun with teams of a similar skill level competing against each other.
- 4 International quality beach volleyball courts (may be converted for various activities. See activities)
- Spacious change rooms with showers for both male and females
- Fully licensed sports bar
- DSTV with large screen
- Kitchen serving light meals
- Outside patio and 4 balconies leading outside
- Children’s play area
- Billiards Table, Table Soccer Table & Darts Board
- Poker Room for Social events
- Meeting Room
- Plenty of free and safe parking inside a controlled business park
Pococks has the following Team Building / Party Activities:
- Beach Volleyball
- Beach Soccer
- Beach Touch Rugby
- Beach Dodge Ball
- Flag Races
- Treasure Hunts
- Poker Tournaments
- Darts Challenges
Contact Us: Should you require more information or would like to register for one of our leagues, please feel free to contact us with the following details:
Tel: 011 462 8015
011 462 8164
Fax: 086 636 0153