The history and origin of basketball

The history and origin of basketball

Eduardo, journalist

Basketball was created in 1981 by Canadian physical education teacher

James Naismith (1861-1940).

At the time, he was working at the Young Men’s Christian Association in Springfield, Massachusetts, in the United States.

The sport emerged as an alternative to the region’s harsh winter, to the detriment of others practiced outdoors such as baseball and football.

Also, the original idea was to create a sport less violent than football.

Allied to this, the creator teacher intended to integrate the students in physical education classes and stimulate the collectivity of the groups.

The first official basketball game was played in 1892, and had an audience of approximately 200 people. That same year, women began to practice this modality. The first women’s match took place in 1896.

The women’s modality was introduced by physical education teacher Senda Berenson (1868-1954). It was also in 1896 that the sport arrived in Brazil, brought by the American Augusto Louis. 

Interesting to note that in the beginning the sport was played with a ball similar to a soccer ball. It wasn’t until 1984 that the basketball, as we know it today, was developed by a Massachusetts company.