Thank you, Dr. Naismith...

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    After watching all the Homecoming gridiron excitement today, I want to thank James Naismith for his invention. 9 vs. 9 on the floor, peach baskets, goals are 1 point each.

    This would be a good time to review his original 13 rules for the game:


    1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or with both hands.
    2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands (never with the fist).
    3. A player can't run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at a good speed. Running with the ball is called traveling.
    4. The ball must be held in or between the hands; the arms or body must not be used for holding it.
    5. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed; the first infringement of this rule by any player shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no substitute allowed.
    6. A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violation of Rules 3, 4, and such as described in Rule 5.
    7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls, it shall count a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the mean time making a foul).
    8. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there, providing those defending the goal do not touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests on the edges, and the opponent moves the basket, it shall count as a goal.
    9. When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field of play by the person first touching it. In case of a dispute, the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower-in is allowed five seconds; if he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on that side.
    10. The umpire shall be judge of the women and men and shall note the fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have power to disqualify men according to Rule 5.
    11. The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made, and keep account of the goals with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee.
    12. The time shall be two 15-minute halves, with five minutes' rest between.
    13. The side making the most baskets in that time shall be declared the winner. In case of a draw, the game may, by agreement of the captains, be continued until another goal is made.
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    Goals... played in a field? Doesn't sound like Basketball to me!!! :D
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    Seems like the only rule that hasn't changed is the 5 seconds inbound rule!
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    Not in a "field" field. A field of play. Naismith designed it to be an indoor winter game.
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    My grandmother played collegiately at Troy State in the 20s. Back then, women's teams had nine players. The rules broke the court into 3 "zones" and each zone would have 3 players in it. No player could leave her zone. The player could only hold the ball 3 seconds and dribble the ball 3 times before passing.

    My grandmother, for example was a center and as such couldn't leave the center third of the court. Fowards couldn't leave the "forward" or offensive third and guards "guarded" the defensive third. These rules were developed because "society felt that women could not withstand the physical and emotional pressure of competition. It was also a concern that jumping would be harmful to the female reproductive system if women participated in basketball."

    Never sounded like much fun to me, but it was interesting to learn why Gramma was always throwing elbows. :grin:
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    In your face sonny boy! Love it!
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    I guess dribbling came about as a consequence of Rule #2. Had to modify it to limit it to one hand only, I suppose.
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    "Interesting to learn why Gramma was always throwing elbows."

    Har

    Yes, jumping has been know to dislodge the female reproductive organs. And we thought the US was mysogynistic today.

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