The history of nine man volleyball in North American’s Chinatowns started back in 1935 when Providence traveled to Boston for a match against Boston’s team. It wasn’t until 1937 that the organization was officially considered a tournament. The tournament is held outdoors and played on pavement, with the courts typically set-up in a large parking lot or even on the streets. It is very much a cultural phenomenon; two-thirds of the players on each team must be 100% Chinese, and the rest must be of Asian descent. The word eventually got around and teams started forming all along the East coast. Now about 1,500 players and coaches participate in the annual event with 3,000 to 4,000 daily spectators travel to a different host city. The tournament rotates between seven cities: Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington D.C.
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