DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that basketball was invented as a way to burn excess energy from football players during the winter season? The game that is known today as basketball was created by Dr. James Naismith in December 1891 to condition young athletes during cold months. Back then, basketball consisted of peach baskets and a ball similar in shape to a soccer ball. Luther Halsey Gulick, then the superintendent of the Presbyterian College in Montreal, has repeatedly stressed the need for a new indoor game “that would be interesting, easy to learn and easy to play in the winter by artificial light.” Naismith, a second-year graduate student who had been named to the teaching faculty, had been tasked by Gulick to accomplish the said assignment.
After much thought and time, the game that soon became to be known as basketball was soon made, by none other than adaptations of many popular games during that time including the passing factor of American rugby, the jumping factor of the English rugby, the use of a goal in lacrosse, the size and shape of the soccer ball, and a childhood game of Naismith’s called “duck on a rock”, which consists of “a goal high enough so that the ball would have to be tossed into it, rather than being thrown.” Finally, he set down some game rules, some of which would be used in the modern version of basketball, which then became an official game in the professional and college leagues.