About High School Basketball

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, usually of five players each, compete against one another on a rectangular court and attempt to shoot a basketball. The game of basketball was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith.  The game was originally played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets as goals. Invented as an indoor sport, it quickly spread to outdoor playgrounds and schools nationwide. Most American high schools were far smaller than their present-day counterparts throughout the early 20th century, owing to their simplicity in terms of equipment and personnel. 

Basketball quickly became the ideal interscholastic sport due to its low equipment and manpower requirements during the first decades of the twentieth century. Basketball is a popular sport in both rural areas, where it becomes a symbol of the community, and at larger schools whose basketball teams are well-known. Many players go on to compete at higher levels after they graduate. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the world's premier professional basketball league. The first official game was played in a YMCA gymnasium in Albany, New York on January 20, 1892.  The game was played between two teams of nine players each and lasted one hour. 

The winning team was the one that scored the most goals. The first college game was played on February 9, 1895, at Hamline University between Hamline and Minnesota.  The game was won by Hamline with a score of 9-3. Women's basketball began in 1892 at Smith College.  The first intercollegiate game was played on April 4, 1896, between the University of California and Stanford University. Basketball has become one of the most popular sports in the world.  It is played by people of all ages, genders, and abilities.  It is a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone. 

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