Essay about Basketball and Dr. James Naismith

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| Chris LuongoMr.HackBasketball Dr. James Naismith is known world-wide as the inventor of basketball. He was born in 1861 in Ramsay township near Ontario, Canada. The concept of basketball was born from his school days in the area where he played a simple child's game known as duck-on-a-rock outside his one-room schoolhouse. The game involved attempting to knock a duck off the top of a large rock by tossing another rock at it. Dr.James attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. After working as McGill University Athletic Director, he moved on to the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA in 1891 where the sport of basketball was born. In Springfield, Naismith was faced with the problem of finding a sport that was suitable for play inside during the Massachusetts winter for the students at the School for Christian Workers. Naismith wanted to create a game of skill for the students instead of one that relied solely on strength. He needed a game that could be played indoors in a relatively small space. The first game was played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets used as goals. Naismith devised a set of thirteen rules of basketball: The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands, but never with the fist. 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 running at good speed. The ball must be held in or between the hands. The arms or body must not be used for holding it. No shouldering, holding, pushing, striking or tripping in any way of an opponent. The first infringement of this rule by any person shall count as a foul; the second will 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 substitution will be allowed. A foul is striking at the ball with the fist. If either side make three fouls without the other team fouling it will count as a goal for the opponents. A goal will be made when the ball is thrown from the ground into the basket and stays there, providing those defending the goal do not touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests on the edge and the opponents move the basket, it will count as a goal. When the ball goes out of bounds, it will be thrown into the field and played by the first person touching it. In case of dispute the