History of Basketball

By Logan Sikora

Creator of Basketball - James Naismith

Born November 6, 1816. James Naismith didn't intent to create a sport, he was making a game for indoors so the kids wouldn't have to play in harsh weather during winter. It originally started with just 2 peach baskets and a soccer ball.

Rules of the game:

Basketball is a team sport. Two teams of five players each try to score by shooting a ball through a hoop elevated 10 feet above the ground. The game is played on a rectangular floor called the court, and there is a hoop at each end. The court is divided into two main sections by the mid-court line. If the offensive team puts the ball into play behind the mid-court line, it has ten seconds to get the ball over the mid-court line. If it doesn't, then the defense gets the ball. Once the offensive team gets the ball over the mid-court line, it can no longer have possession of the ball in the area in back of the line. If it does, the defense is awarded the ball.