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Basketball was invented in 1891 in Springfield Massachusetts. The Game was invented by Dr. James Naismith. He had to think of a game to be played indoors during the cold New England winters. He was only given 14 days by Dr. Luther Gulick, head of physical education for the school of Christian workers. So he thought up this game in a YMCA in Springfield by using two peach baskets and a soccer ball. He decided to hang two peach baskets ten feet high. The object of the game was to get the soccer ball in the basket. Naismith wanted the game to be based on skill rather then strength. The first game of basketball was played with eighteen men nine players on each team playing at the same time. Naismith came up with the thirteen original rules which are.

1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.

2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands.

3. A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowances to be made for a man who catches the ball when running if he tries to stop.

4. The ball must be held by the hands. The arms or body must not be used for holding it.

5. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping or st

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