Since the rainy day on a chilly morning in the year 1891 when Dr. James Naismith exhorted his students to play an indoor game with a ball to keep them engaged in the gym class, basketball has come a long way. The first game of basketball was played with a netted basket that was installed at a height of 3 m from the ground, and unlike the modern version, its bottom or based was closed. Players, very soon realized the inconvenience of netting the ball inside the bottomed hoop and the base was subsequently done away with in future games. The first competitive game was played out in Albany, NY in the YMCA gymnasium in 1892 on 20th January.  Since then, the umpteen versions of the game have been played, and presently it is a popular sport in many countries where national and international meets are routinely organized.

Rules of the Game

Basketball is essentially a team game where two competing sides attempt to possess the ball in order to put the same inside the hoop on the opponent’s side. Each team is made up of five participants and the game is played out on a rectangular-shaped court which is sectioned into two halves. A line running right through the center of the court serves as the boundary and the player or players of any side has to run the entire course in order to throw the ball in the net in a ten-second time-span failing which the opposing side gets possession of the ball.

Widespread Popularity

One needs to have a high level of physical fitness in order to efficiently maneuver the various techniques associated with handling the ball including dribbling, rebounding, passing and shooting. Once you master the techniques of playing basketball, you’ll surely find the game extraordinary refreshing and entertaining. The game is hugely popular in USA where its popularity can be gauged by the regular staging of the NBA since 1946. Basketball enthusiasts will surely be familiar with the big names of Michael Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, and Shaq.