Coach Naismith - Basketball
It was a blustery December day in 1891 when a peach
basket was put at each end of a gymnasium, hung about ten feet off the floor.
The ball was from the soccer bag. The group of young men numbered nine on each of the two teams.
They'd never heard of this form of play before and James Naismith with his Canadian accent found it much easier to display the thirteen rules in written form just behind the athletic instructor's stand on the bulletin board.
1. The player may put the ball into play with a throw by one or two hands.
2. Players may bat the ball with one or two hands and in any direction.
3. When a player handles the ball he may not advance the ball by running. Remaining stationary the player receiving the ball must throw the ...