Thursday, February 18, 2010
The First Basketball Game
Basketball was first played in Springfield, Massachusetts on January 20, 1892. The game was invented by a Canadian doctor named James Naismith. He invented basketball to be played at Springfield’s YMCA in the winter. The first basketball hoops were two peach baskets held up by nails. There were thirteen rules made by Naismith. Some of those rules have been customized and others have been removed. One of the original rules said that you could not dribble the ball. That rule was later removed. The ball that was used in the first game was a soccer ball because Naismith did not have enough money to design a new one. The first game lasted 30 minutes. William R. Chase was the first player to score in the game. As years passed, a lot of YMCA centers that were located in the North Eastern part of the United States and South Eastern Canada began to offer the game. Some YMCA centers banned basketball because it was rough. This was when basketball leagues started to come into existence.