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The Origin Of Basketball

It wasn't until after my Basketball season ended did I like to play Basketball. I never did know what to do on the court, like I couldn't shoot and I certainly do not have handles so what was I good for. I was so down myself I thought about quitting the team and giving up . Sure my season was over but I still had a couple of tournaments to play in, so I didn't quit and I still had hope. Eventually during that tourney I found out that I'm better off playing the big man, so from then until now I play Power-Forward Position. Then with a new-found favorite sport I have been on a quest to basketball knowledge and history. Most of the people that play basketball don't even know the origin of basketball, but they should because it really is an interesting story.

The game of basketball had its origin in Springfield Massachusetts, at the International YMCA training school,in 1891. It is important that Dr.James Naismith, the inventor of the game, was seeking a means as an instructor at the school to his interest his class of men in physical exercise.The men were uninterested and didn't want to participate in exercise and calisthenics. Finally almost in desperation, Naismith invented a game which combined some elements of soccer, and rugby football into a new game.the new game was to involve no personal contact among players and to make use of an elevated goal. One of the men named the game at his very first experience with it and it held their interest from the start. From this beginning, the game spread so rapidly that by 1920 it had become a national pastime (Cooper 5).

The Cold early winter of December, 1891 underlined a flaw in the curriculum to James Naismith, a thirty-year-old physical education instructor at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. Naismith's gym class enthusiastically followed the fall program of football and other outdoor games, but his students found the indoor program of calisthenics and gymnastic activities a crashing bore. Faced with fading interest in his class, Naismith put his mind to developing a new game for the indoor winter season. After various elements through his mind, he had wooden peach baskets nailed onto balcony railings at two ends of the gym, divided his 18-man class into two nine man teams, gave the players a soccer ball, provided a loose set of rules which made throwing the ball into the baskets the idea of the game (Neft et al. 9).

Naismith trumpeted the virtues of a new recreational past time he had created the previous winter. This new game required that class divide into two equal teams, as Naismith threw a soccer ball into an area of play. Each team's objective was to successfully pitch the ball into a makeshift peach-basket goal that hung from a railing above the gymnasium floor. The activity proved to be popular among members of the group. Naismith received many requests to reprint the original rules of his game so that similar contests could be staged in YMCA's throughout the country. His class was, no doubt, impressed by this new competition a game Naismith simply called 'Basketball'(Gould 1&2). Thus did Naismith become the father of basketball and Springfield its birthplace (Neft et al. 9).

Works Cited

Cooper, John Miller, The Theory and Science of Basketball Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger. 1975. Print.

Gould, Todd , Pioneers of the Hardwood, Indiana and the Birthplace of Basketball. Bloomington & Indiana, Indiana University Press. 1965 Print.

Neft, David and, Roland T. Johnson, Richard M. Cohen, Jordan A. Duetsch The Sports Encyclopedia: Pro Basketball. New York, Grosset & Dunlap. 1975 Print.

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