Basketball

The Greatest Invention of All Time

Inventor: James Naismith

James Naismith was a Canadian sports coach and innovator who worked at the Springfield YMCA in England. He found himself with a perpetually short-temper as he struggled to deal with a rowdy class in a very confined indoor space. James Naismith's short temper lead him to create what is known today as one of the greatest sports of all time. James Naismith wanted to create a sport that would not take up much room, could help its track athletes keep in shape and emphasize safety and fairness, and that's exactly what he did.

"The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play Drop the Handkerchief." -James Naismith

3 Main Thoughts in the Process:

-compared Basketball to rugby, lacrosse, soccer, football, hockey, and baseball to reduce hazards caused by a ball

-to reduce physical contact made passing the only legal option

-reduce further body contact by making goal unguardable by placing it above the heads of the players