Basketball- Past and Present

Posted by Ravin Madarasmi on

Did you know that basketball was invented in a Christian school? The  physical education department in Springfield, Massachusetts of YMCA had created the game because they could not play many other sports during the cold winter. They came up with the indoor game that had later changed to become one of the world's most common sport. The man behind the invention is named, Dr. James Naismith and is known today as the "Father of Basketball." 

The game was played with a soccer ball and a peach basket to be used as "goals" but later on was called as "baskets."

Today's Game vs. Dr. James Naismith's Game:

Today's Game: When the ball goes out of bounds, the last person who touched it will lose possession of the ball.

Dr. James Naismith's Game: When the ball goes of out bounds, the ball will be thrown into the field and played by the first person who touches it.

Today's Game: If a team makes 5 fouls, the opponent's team will get 2 free throws.

Dr. James Naismith's Game: If a team makes 3 consecutive fouls, the opponent's team will be given a goal right away.

Today's Game:There are 4 quarters of the time interval. It is either 10-12 minutes per quarter.

Dr. James Naismith's Game: There are 2 halves of the time interval. It is 15 minutes per half.

An interesting fact is that the rule of traveling in today's game was implied and adapted from Dr. Naismith's rule. He stated that no player can run with the ball and must throw it from the spot on where he catched it.


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