United States Volleyball Association
Court of Honor Recipient 1990
The United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) has been a major factor in the tremendous international popularity of the sport of volleyball. From the early days at the YMCA to the Olympic gold and beyond, the USVBA's influence can be readily seen.
In the beginning, the USVBA helped develop a uniform set of rules and regulations for the game, and instituted improvements.
The USVBA has hosted National Championships annually, at the same time working with its member organizations, such as the NCAA, YMCA, and Armed Forces, on their championships and tournaments.
In 1947, the USVBA was one of thirteen charter members forming the International Volleyball Association. The FIVB governs the sport worldwide and now has a membership of almost 200.
The USVBA spearheaded the efforts to include volleyball as an Olympic sport, with success coming in 1964 at the games in Tokyo.
The USVBA continues to support the sport of volleyball through an intense international competition schedule, through extensive classroom instruction, and through active support of volleyball activities from the Boy Scouts of America to the United States National Team.