History of Basketball and Few facts about the Game

History of Basketball and Few facts about the Game

Basketball, one of the famous Indoor games, played by five members of each team with a duration of 48 minutes divided into four quarters and each quarter lasts 12 minutes excluding break time, fouls, timeouts, and ball out of bounds. The average height of a basketball player is roughly 6’7.”

In 1891, Dr. James Naismith, a physical education professor at Springfield College [earlier identified as International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School (YMCA)] was always trying to keep their students fit and energetic. He invented the game firstly without naming it with some basic rules. In 1892, Frank Mahan, one of the players suggested to Naismith the game name as ” Basketball ” because its primary target is basket and by using the ball. Within a concise period, the basketball game becomes very famous in the United States as well as Canada. In early days Basket Ball was played by using Football, many changes took place, and Basket Ball got its name shape and size.


By 1901, Many Universities started sponsoring the game and associations were formed such as National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) which was Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS). National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed by merging the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball League (NBL).

On February 6, 1904, The first Canadian interuniversity basketball match was played at the YMCA in Kingston, Ontario, when McGill University visited Queen’s University.
During the 1920s the game was officially popular, and professional basketball teams in towns and cities all over the United States were formed. FIBA (International Basketball Federation) was created in 1932 by eight founding nations at the time: Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, and Switzerland. Now the game is being played all over the world.

Most popular Words(terms) used in the game:
Airball, And One, Assist, Backboard, Backdoor, Block (action), Bank Shot, Box Out, Carry, Double Dribble, Fast Break, Free Throw, Man-to-Man, One and One, Post Up, Rebound, Three in the Key, Travel, Turnover, Zone Defense, etc..

International Game:

In the year 1936, it was included in the Berlin 1936 Summer Olympics, Women’s basketball was also added to the Olympics in 1976 and then contiguous to till date. The official International game was played since 1950 both for men and women.


Although the game was initially born in the American continent, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia countries National match are Basketball, because of their performances in Olympics.
According to Olympic records till now the USA won maximum Championship titles. Last time FIBA World Cup happened in 2014 and In Olympics was held in 2016, FIBA world cup occurs once every four years. The current president for FIBA is Horacio Muratore. Not only world cup and in Olympics other tournaments such as FIBA Africa, FIBA Americas, FIBA Asia, FIBA Europe, but FIBA Oceania are also popular among Basketball fans.

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