History of the Game of Basketball
Dr. James Naismith, Inventor of Basketball
When I was asked to write a paper, I had decided to write about something that is very important in our house, and that is basketball. We would watch basketball twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week if we could. As I thought about what I wanted this paper to be about I realized that I knew nothing about where the game of basketball originated. It’s funny, to think that we know how to play the game, the rules of the game but nothing about where the game came from. The world evolves mostly because someone is trying to make their lives easier, or trying to make a buck. Dr. James Naismith changed the world and never asked for anything in return. James only wanted to impress Dr. Luther Gulick. I am sure, James, had no idea the impact he would have on the world with the invention of the game of basketball. James was born in Ramsay Township, Ontario in 1861. Dr. James Naismith’s concept of the game was formed in his mind as a small child. James played the game Duck-on-a-rock, outside his one room school house. Duck on a Rock is a game that combined tag and marksmanship. It is played by placing a somewhat large stone (known as a "duck") upon a larger stone or a tree stump. One player stays near the stone to guard it. The other players throw stones at the duck in an attempt to knock it off of the platform. Once it is knocked off, the throwers all rush to retrieve their stones. If a player is tagged before returning to the throwing line with his or her stone, they become the guard. The guard cannot tag anyone until he picks up a duck at his feet, nor can he chase anyone until he puts the original duck back up on its platform. Recent findings suggest basketball may have been influenced by this game. ("Duck on a rock | DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN REGIONAL ENGLISH." DARE | DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN REGIONAL ENGLISH. 03 Mar. 2011 )
James Naismith attended McGill...