Facts about James Naismith will give you information about the inventor of basketball game, sports coach, and innovator. He was born on November 6, 1861, in Ontario, Canada. At the University of Kansas, he established the basketball program. Besides, the first football helmet and basketball rulebook were designed by him. Here are ten interesting facts about him.
Facts about James Naismith 1: Early Life
When James was childhood, he lived with his uncle because his parents died from typhoid fever. James helped his uncle to work on the farm. Besides, he was good in athletics and games. Duck on a rock was one of his favorite games.
Facts about James Naismith 2: The idea of basketball game
The idea of basketball game came from Naismith while working at a YMCA. At the time, he had a class of energetic boys. He was thinking to make an indoor sport that required skill but was not as rough as football, baseball, or lacrosse. Eventually, he placed basket high on the wall and asked the boys to throw a soccer ball into the basket to get score points. Then, he called the game “Basket Ball.”
Facts about James Naismith 3: Early Career
James worked as PE (Physical Education) teacher at McGill University. After that, he moved to Springfield, Massachusetts to work for the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association).
Facts about James Naismith 4: Marriage
Naismith married with Maude E. Sherman on June 20, 1894 and had five children. They are Margaret Mason (1895), Helen Carolyn (1897), John Edwin (1900), Maude Ann (1904) and James Sherman (1913). Unfortunately, his wife died in 1937. Then, Naismith married again with Florence Kincaid on June 11, 1939.
Facts about James Naismith 5: 13 Basic Rules
There were 13 Basic Rules of the basketball game which were written by James. Here are some examples, no running with the ball, shouldering, pushing or shoving, striking, holding, and the time for playing is two fifteen-minute halves. The rules were posted
on the bulletin board in the gym.
Facts about James Naismith 6: The players
There were nine players against nine in the first basketball games. They played the game using a soccer ball. Whereas today the players are five on five.
Facts about James Naismith 7: Duck on a rock
James really liked playing duck on a rock when he was child. In this game, a small rock or duck was arranged on the top of a bigger rock and it would be guarded by the other player. Then, the player will throw small stone at it to knock it down. From this game, James got inspiration when he invented basketball.
Facts about James Naismith 8: Education
James studied at the Bennie’s Corner Grade School (Primary school) and Almonte High School (Secondary school). Then, he enrolled at the McGill University in Montreal in 1883. Besides, he was very good at sports and participated in many sports such as rugby, football, gymnastics, and lacrosse.
Facts about James Naismith 9: The popular game
Basketball is the second-most popular sport in the world based on the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Approximately, there are about 400 million people who play basketball.
Facts about James Naismith 10: Death
James died on November 28, 1939 in Lawrence, Kansas, United States when he was 78 years old. It was because of a brain hemorrhage which was suffered by him. Whereas his burial is located in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, KS.
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