Raiders Ramble – A History of Basketball
Edition Fifteen – 19 March 2018
Coach Bill’s Message for the week
“The best teams play for each other, not with each other.”
Jeff Van Gundy
Welcome to the 15th and last edition of Raiders Ramble for the 2017/18 Summer Season. We hope that you have been finding them entertaining and helpful – please feel free to share these with your players, clubs and friends. It all goes towards building a fantastic basketball community here in the hills. While the Ramble has been written for coaches, it is a great resource for anyone interested in basketball and the Hills Raiders Competitions.
With finals now on rather than focus on any live aspects of coaching Bill has decided, after being prompted by his 11-year-old grandson, to present the history of our game.
Did you know that it was invented in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Dr James Naismith, and while a hugely profitable game today, he never patented the sport and refused to do so? And the ball at the start was not always truly round! At times it was distinctly lopsided!!! Or that it started as a college sport, with the first high school tournament not recorded till 1905. And for all you quiz night trivia buffs – basketball was first played at the Olympic Games at the 1936 Berlin Games, when the USA beat Canada 19-8 for the gold medal. The game was played outdoors, in the mud and rain, on a tennis court! A far cry from our fantastic new Mundaring Arena.
It is an interesting read with lots of fun facts about how the game started, what the rules were (two fouls meant benchtime) and the equipment (chicken wire features) and why there is a backboard. Hope you enjoy the read!