Basketball by: sydney jones

Origin of Basketball

Basketball originated in 1891 when a future Presbyterian minister named James Naismith was assigned to teach a physical education class at a Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) training school in Springfield, Massachusetts.

James Naismith

How to Play

The game is played with 2 teams. Each team consists of 5 players on the court at a time. The object of the game is to outscore your opponent by shooting the ball into your basket and preventing them from putting the ball into theirs. The ball can be advanced up the floor with the hands only, either by dribbling or passing to teammates. There is 4 10 minute quarters in the game. If the score is tied by the end of the 4 quarters, the game will go into a 5 minute overtime until a winner emerges.

Workouts to get in Basketball Shape

  • Suicide sprints
  • Jogging

Famous Athletes

Top row: (from left to right) Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant. Bottom row: (from left to right) Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and James Harden.



  • Ball
  • Basket/ Hoop
  • Backboard
  • Scoreboard


  • Uniform of Officials
  • Whistle
  • Score book
  • Game clock


  • Players uniform
  • Protective gear and accessories

Basic Rules

  1. A basket scored from near the basket = 2 points
  2. A basket scored from far = 3 points
  3. A basket scored from the free throw line = 1 point
  4. Personal foul may be called if any illegal contact between 2 opponents occurs.
  5. If more than 5 personal fouls is called upon a player, they would be excluded from the game.

Fun Facts

  • In 1898, the first professional basketball league was formed
  • The "Dream Team" is made up of the top American professional basketball players
  • In 2004 in Athens, Argentina took home the gold, the first time a Latin American country won basketball honor

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