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History of Basketball In a winter in December 1891 James Naismith a Canadian physician and educator at Springfield College England was ordered to create an indoor game to provide athletic distraction to keep students occupied within 14 days So it all started with 18 men two peach baskets hanged to a 10-foot-high railing and a soccer ball in a YMCA Young Mens Christian Association in Massachusetts The first basketball game was played in 1891 and in 1892 Naismith published the first booklet containing the basic rules which are almost unchanged today The game quickly spread nationwide and to other parts of the world The soccer ball was then replaced with the basketball the metal hoops and hammock style bucket were introduced in 1893 and the backboards in 1895 Today the sport has over 800 million players and fans The Ball The ball itself was introduced in the early 20th century Before that time the players played basketball with a soccer ball which brought enough trouble because it cant bounce high when they dribble it So in 1929 G L Pierce patented the basketball that is still used until now The patent was granted in the 25th June 1929 The Rules During the early basketball games James Naismith realized that he needed sets of rules to ensure the game run smoothly There are 13 original rules They are 1The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands 2The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands 3A player cannot run with the ball The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it allowances to be made for a man who catches the ball when running if he tries to stop 4The ball must be held by the hands The arms or body must not be used for holding it 5No shouldering holding
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