Essay about The Origin of the Game of Basketball

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There are 5 seconds left on the clock in the last quarter, the coach calls a time out. Down by 2, the team has a chance to win the game. The whistle blows and the clock winds down, 5...The ball is passed in…4…the point guard dribbles around the key…3…the ball is passed to the shooting guard…2…the shooting guard passes it back to the point guard…1…the point guard shoots from behind the 3-point line…0. Countless fans across the globe may get thrills while watching an intense minor or professional basketball game, although, few actually know where or how this widely popular sport was created. From this paper, one will acquire information about the origin of the game of basketball, how the game has evolved over time, and basketball as a…show more content…
The boys had no luck, so the YMCA also joined in devising a new form of physical activity. James Naismith, a young instructor at the YMCA, attended a new Psychology class introduced by a Dr. Gulick. In this class, the matter of physical education was frequently discussed. At the meetings of this newly found class, Dr. Gulick introduced the idea of inventing a new game to his colleagues. James Naismith immediately remarked saying “we can invent a new game that will meet our needs. All that we have to do is to take the factors of our known games and recombine them, and we will have the game we are looking for” (Naismith 33). With this comment, Dr. Gulick ordered his class to try out Naismith’s method and bring a plan for a new game to the next session. Disappointingly, the students were too burdened down with their own schoolwork from other classes, that the idea of creating a new game was postponed for multiple weeks, until Dr. Gulick handed Naismith the task individually. Naismith worked diligently, combining different elements from various sports including Lacrosse, Baseball, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Tennis, and even Squash. Eventually Naismith stated “I considered a large ball that could be easily handled and which almost anyone could catch and throw with very little practice. I decided that the ball

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