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A Brief Overview on the History of Basketball

Date Added: March 23, 2012 09:13:17 PM
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Category: Recreation

The inventor of this sport game is a clergyman who lived in Canada named as James Naismith who was also an educator and a physician. Naismith used to be an instructor at the Young men’s Christian Association Training Center which has now been named as the Springfield College and is in Massachusetts. James Naismith was born in Almont in Ontario and he gained his education from McGill University and Presbyterian College in Montreal. The game basket ball was invented when naismith was a teaching phys-ed specialist along with Luther Halsey Gulick.


James Naismith was given around 14 days to invent a game which would be an indoor one and should provide an athletic distraction to all those who were a part of the team. Initially, the game was tested and played with the help of a soccer ball and for the goals, peach baskets were used. After seeing the success of the game, the peach baskets were replaced with the open hoop nets. When the game was completed, James Naismith made 13 significant rules to be followed in the game and named it as basketball.


The game soon became popular in Canada as well as America, and then it was practiced in many schools and introduced as an indoor game. However, the game was stopped playing in YMCA as they thought the play was of a loud and rough nature and diverted the people of the organization from achieving their organization’s goal. It didn’t put a full stop on basketball’s popularity though – the game has already been made a part of amateur clubs, schools, high schools and colleges and so it was played heartily by everyone.


Basketball was played first time on January 18, 1896 by the students of University of Chicago in an experimental game match when they were invited by the University of Iowa. Slowly and gradually, the game became a part of every country and became popular all around the world and in 1983; the game was ranked higher than football and baseball. This was a great twist which brought the popularity of basketball more in everyone’s eyes.


Before the orange ball was invented in the game, the game used to be played with soccer balls, baseballs and then people felt a high need to design a ball specifically for the game. The ball was developed by a man named tony hinkle.

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