I have grown to love the game of basketball throughout my years of playing and from watching the Jordan era of the 90s but when did it all begin? To answer that question I searched online and found that basketball was first conceived in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by a Canadian physical education instructor by Dr. James Naismith. The reason for the game was it was meant to be a less injury prone game then football which has consistently been plagued with injury. From there, the game grew fairly rapidly and now it is a world-wide sport and recognized across the globe.
The original game was created to condition young athletes during the cold months of winter. Peach baskets were used as the basketball hoops while using a ball that is similar to a soccer ball. There were originally only 13 rules to the game, and in modern day basketball these rules have been expanded upon. Initially, every time a point was scored, the janitor would have to use a ladder to retrieve the ball and give it to the non-scoring team. Eventually, Dr. Naismith realized that it made more sense to remove the bottom of each basket to create a smoother game-play experience. The first actual basketball game was playing in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 11, 1892.

Here are the original rules to the game:

1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.

2. The ball may be battled in any direction with one or both hands.

3. A player cannot run with the ball, the player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at good speed.

4. The ball must be held in or between the hands, the arms or body must not be used for holding it.

5. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed. The first infringement of this rule by any person shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no substitute.

6. A foul is striking the ball with the fist, violation of rules 3 and 4, and such as described in rule 5.

7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls it shall count a goal for opponents.

8. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from grounds into the basket and stays there. If the ball rests on the edge and the opponent moves the basket it shall count as a goal.

9. When the ball goes out of bounds it shall be thrown into the field and played by the person first touching it. In case of a dispute, the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The “thrower-in” is allowed five seconds. If he holds it longer it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on them.

10. The umpire shall be the judge of the men and shall note the fouls, and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made.

11. The referee shall be the judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in-bounds, and to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made and keep account of the goals with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee.

12. The time shall be fifteen-minute halves, with five-minute rests between.

13. The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner. In the case of a draw, the game may, by agreement of the captains, be continued until another goal is made.

I thought it was very interesting to see how the original basketball has developed and how it has become to be the game that I enjoy and follow the most out of any other sport. Reading the original thirteen rules are interesting to say the least, because many of these rules have been expanded upon or completely revised. Are you an avid basketball player and watcher? Did you know where basketball where basketball actually came from? Let me know in the comments below.