On his way to school, Hinata stopped in front of an electronics store and saw on a displayed TV one of Karasuno High's matches, which showed the Small Giant in play. Like Hinata, the Small Giant lacked height, but he was able to jump extremely high and defeat tall blockers; this inspired Hinata to start playing volleyball. He joined the volleyball club in his junior high, but he was the only member. However, Hinata refused to give up and would practice by himself at the corner of the gymnasium, off to one side of the sports ground, or in the hallways.
In Hinata's third year of junior high, three first years joined the volleyball club. Despite having new members, Hinata still lacked enough players to form a team so he asked his friends, Izumi and Kōji, to help out. They joined Hinata's team and soon attended their first volleyball tournament. However, Yukigaoka's first opponent turned out to be Kitagawa Daiichi Junior High, the tournament favorite. While everyone thought that Yukigaoka would lose, Hinata remained convinced otherwise.
Before the match started, Hinata went to the bathroom and got into an argument with some Kitagawa Daiichi members which led to Hinata meeting Tobio Kageyama, Kitagawa’s “King of the Court”. The two disagreed with each other right away and both announced that they would defeat each other.
When the match started, Hinata jumped high for a spike, shocking Kageyama. Kageyama started noticing Hinata's incredible stamina, jumping power, and pure determination to win, and gained a little more respect for him. Hinata managed to take some points from Kitagawa Daiichi but in the end, Yukigaoka lost. The number of sets Hinata's team won was 0 and the match only lasted 31 minutes. Hinata remembered Kageyama's name and his title as the "King of the Court". After the match, Hinata approached Kageyama and announced that he will overthrow the setter from his title. Kageyama accepted his challenge, but told him to grow stronger first. After that, Hinata trained rigorously by jogging, practicing with the girls’ volleyball team, and joining the neighborhood mothers' team.
Hinata currently lives in Yukigaoka with his mother and sister. He started high school in Karasuno and joined the boys' volleyball club. He travels to Karasuno each morning by a 30-minute bike ride through the mountains.