Explosive spikes and cheers reverberated through these Lower East Side streets as hundreds descended on Seward Park for the 31st annual New York Mini volleyball tournament, convening teams from the across the northeast U.S. and even Canada to face off under the Manhattan sun. The tournament featured a variant of volleyball called 9-man, which pits 9 players on either side of the net, compared with the typical 6 in normal volleyball. There are also differences in ball handling contributing to its explosive pace. According to NY Mini’s website, 9-man volleyball originated in China in the 1920’s after American missionaries introduced the sport. Facing isolation under the Chinese Exclusion Act in the early 20th century, Chinese-American communities organized 9-man tournaments as a way of uniting those in Chinatown neighborhoods.
To learn more about 9-man and its history, check out @9mandoc.
for showing me around and introducing me to the sport 🏐.
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