The History Of Basketball

explanatory Essay
1308 words
1308 words

The sport basketball was created in 1981 and has grown to be one of the most popular sports to be played worldwide. To think that this life altering activity was thought of by only one man, Dr. James Naismith, a Physical Instructor at the YMCA Training school. Which was in Springfield, Massachusetts. Naismith was under the instructions of the head physical education board when he had the brilliant idea. He was given an enduring two weeks to come up with an indoor game that would give an “athletic distraction” for a jumpy class to participate in through the harsh winter approaching them. All he had was his own mind and a small indoor space to some how create a new game to be played. Naismith succeeded and his creation is now a big time sport played by millions all around the world. His invention did not come so easily, he studied many popular sports trying to get inspirations from them. This was a difficult task for him, as he searched through various sports he had many worries and no ideas. Dr. James was striving to make a game not only relied on by strength but on speed, agility, and accuracy as well. Suddenly while trying to brainstorm a new idea for this project of his, he thought of an old game he would play in Canada, his birth …show more content…

The rules of basketball have changed, grown and are much more complex now. There are now more ways of fouls, violations, and we have added different player positions as well. Instead of using a soccer ball and peach basket we now have a hoop ten feet high made for the sport, along with a ball for it. There are still two teams but with only five players on each now. The game has slowly evolved and people have discovered new and easier ways to score, and defend the basket from being scored on. Its unbelievable how much the game has changed and where it is

In this essay, the author

  • Describes how dr. james naismith, a physical instructor at the ymca training school in springfield, massachusetts, came up with the idea of an indoor game that would give an "athletic distraction"
  • Explains that a player must throw the ball from the spot on which he catches it. no shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking in any way the person of an opponent is allowed.
  • Explains that a goal is made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there, provided those defending the goal do not touch or disturb it.
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