The Birthplace of Basketball. Basketball is built into the fabric of Springfield College. The game was invented by Springfield College instructor and graduate student James Naismith in 1891, and has grown into the worldwide athletic phenomenon we know it to be today. Springfield College students continue to be innovators and leaders in their fields.
First Game Ball. The basketball game was invented by a doctor and a physical education teacher, James Naismith, in 1891. He was instructed by the Chairman of the Physical Education Department at the School for Christian Workers (now known as Springfield College), to invent a game that could entertain the school’s athletes even in the winter season.
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Original Rules of Basketball. James Naismith, in devising the game of basketball in the winter of 1891-92, came up with a set of 13 rules. These rules, some of which have endured and some of which have faded away, form the backbone of the guidelines shaping basketball today.
The History of Basketball. Lacking a safe activity to occupy his young athletes during the long cold Springfield, MA. winter of 1891, YMCA International Training School physical education teacher James Naismith got creative. He nailed peach baskets to the lower rung of his gymnasium’s balcony, dug up an ‘association football’ (known today as a soccer ball), and soon hatched the rules for what would later become a game with close to a billion devotees: basketball.
In the original rules: The ball could be thrown in any direction with one or both hands, never a fist. A player could not run with the ball but had to throw it from the spot where it was caught.
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