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Basketball History
Who Invented Basketball?
Back in 1891 in Springfield Massachusetts James Naismith was looking for something his students could do between football and baseball. The Superintendent of Physical Education at the YMCA, a man by the name of Gulick, encouraged him to come up with some type of game. Naismith thought back to a game he played when he was a kid. He went to an old one room school house where the played a game called Duck on a Rock. They would put a smaller rock on top of this large rock. Then they would take turns throwing rocks at the "duck" to see who could knock it off. From that game Naismith came up with an idea to have a game where you have to throw a ball into a target. He talked to the janitor at the YMCA about his game and the janitor came up with peach baskets as a target. They used a soccer ball as the first basketball. Naismith came up with thirteen rules for this new game.
1. The ball may be thrown any direction with one or both hands.
2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands. but never with the fist.
3. A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man running at good speed.
4. The ball must be held between the hands. The arms or body must not be used for holding.
5. No shouldering, holding, pushing., striking or tripping in any way of an opponent. The first infringement of this rule by any person shall count as a foul. The second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made or if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game. No substitution shall be allowed.
6. a foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violations of Rules 3 and 4 and such as described in Rule 5.
7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls it shall count for a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the meantime making a foul).
8. Goal shall be made when the ball is throw or batted from the ground into the basket and stays there, providing those defending the goal do not touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rest on the edge and the opponent move the basket, it shall count as a goal.
9. When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be throw into play by the first person touching it In the case of dispute the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. the thrower-in is allowed five seconds. If he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on them.
10. The umpire shall be the judge of men and shall note the fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have the power to disqualify men according to rule 5.
11. The referee shall be the judge of the ball and decide when the ball is in bounds, to witch side it belongs, and to keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made and keep account of the goals with any other duties he usually preformed by a referee.
12. Time shall be two 15-minute halfs with a five minutes rest between.
13. The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner.


The first game was between the Springfield, MA YMCA Training school and the Chicago YMCA Training School. The score? 19 - 11 Springfield.


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