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Basketball In December 1891 Luther Gulick chairman of physical education at the School for Christian Workers now Springfield College in Springfield Massachusetts told the physical education teacher James Naismith to invent a new game to keep athletes busy during the winter season With a normal soccer ball Naismith took 18 young men picked captains of two nine-player teams and introduced them to the game of Basket Ball Naismith who only had thirteen original rules sent the school janitor to find two boxes that he hung from the balcony railing at opposite sides of the gymnasium where they would be used as goals The school janitor however only found two peach baskets so the game was played with peach baskets The soccer ball and the peach basket soon evolved into specialized equipment For example back then the peach baskets were closed at the bottom meaning that someone had to climb on a ladder to retrieve the ball after a made basket A metal rim later replaced the peach basket with a net hanging below and in 1906 people began cutting the net at the bottom so the ball could fall through The first basketballs were made of leather stitched together with a rubber intertube inside A cloth lining was added to the leather for support and uniformity Then in 1942 the molded basketball was made Which brought the game to a higher level In Naismiths original 13 rules the ball could be passed in any direction with one or both hands but it couldnt be dribbled because players couldnt move with the ball Then in 1910 a player could dribble the ball but could not shoot after dribbling But that changed in 1916 after a heated meeting Now the players were allowed to shoot after dribbling In all of basketballs history nothing was
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