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Unlike other sports whose beginnings a bit uncertain basketball has a birthday This is because basketball was invented It did not evolve from other sports The man who thought up basketball was a Canadian Dr James Naismith Basketballs birthday was in 1891 the place was Springfield Massachusetts Naismith was thirty years old at this time and had been born in Almonte Ontario and had attended McGill University in Montreal After studying for the ministry for three years he decided that his interest lay in physical education He than enrolled at the International Young Mens Christian Association Training School in Springfield Before long Naismith joined the faculty as an instructor in physical education During a cold Massachusetts winter Naismiths class was becoming very bored of their usual regiman and so Naismith decided that he would adapt a popular outdoor games for indoor play He tried other sports such as football but those types of games made it very difficult to play indoors He than made up his mind to invent a new game one that was easy to learn and could be played by all his students It began with a soccer ball and a pair of peach baskets nailed to the balconies of each side of the gym Than he asked to custodian to make a rim and place both baskets on the opposite sides This rim just so happens to be the same as regulation height today One day in mid-December 1891 Naismith divided the class into eighteen men into two nine men teams For instructions he simply stated throw the ball into the basket Soon after this wonderful epidemic spread basketball became an Olympic sport This occurred in 1936This was the beginning of what was soon to be the worlds most popular gameWhen you start playing basketball you can wear comfterable loose fitting cloths and basketball shoes If you progress to play on a team you will have to wear an official
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