By 1938, the women’s national championship changed from a three-court game to two-court game with six players per team.
The game ended at 1–0; the shot was made from 25 feet (7.6 m), on a court just half the size of a present-day Streetball or National Basketball Association (NBA) court.
Five players from each team may be on the court at one time.
 College men’s games use two 20-minute halves, college women’s games use 10-minute quarters, and most United States high school varsity games use 8-minute quarters;
however, this varies from state to state.
 Fascinated by the new sport and the values it could teach, she organized the first women’s collegiate basketball game on March 21, 1893, when her Smith freshmen and sophomores
played against one another.
Today virtually every high school in the United States fields a basketball team in varsity competition.
 15 minutes are allowed for a half-time break under FIBA, NBA, and NCAA rules and 10 minutes in United States high schools.
The first pro league, the National Basketball League, was formed in 1898 to protect players from exploitation and to promote a less rough game.
Along with this deal, came the first-ever rights fees to be paid to a women’s professional sports league.
There were hundreds of men’s professional basketball teams in towns and cities all over the United States, and little organization of the professional game.
 However, the first women’s interinstitutional game was played in 1892 between the University of California and Miss Head’s School.
When winter weather got too icy to play soccer, teams were taken indoors, and it was convenient to have them split in half and play basketball with five on each side.
There are limits imposed on the time taken before progressing the ball past halfway (8 seconds in FIBA and the NBA; 10 seconds in NCAA and high school for both sexes), before
attempting a shot (24 seconds in FIBA, the NBA, and U Sports (Canadian universities) play for both sexes, and 30 seconds in NCAA play for both sexes), holding the ball while closely guarded (5 seconds), and remaining in the restricted area
known as the free-throw lane, (or the “key”) (3 seconds).
This competition has usually been dominated by the United States, whose team has won all but three titles.
Perhaps the most legendary of high school teams was Indiana’s Franklin Wonder Five, which took the nation by storm during the 1920s, dominating Indiana basketball and earning
At the time, soccer was being played with 10 to a team (which was increased to 11).
The first balls made specifically for basketball were brown, and it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players
and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball that is now in common use.
 These rules called for six to nine players per team and 11 officials.
And in 1926, the Amateur Athletic Union backed the first national women’s basketball championship, complete with men’s rules.
 Basketball’s popularity remains high, both in rural areas where they carry the identification of the entire community, as well as at some larger schools known for their
basketball teams where many players go on to participate at higher levels of competition after graduation.
“ The first official game was played in the YMCA gymnasium in Albany, New York, on January 20, 1892, with nine players.
The first national championship for NCAA teams, the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in New York, was organized in 1938; the NCAA national tournament began one year later.
The five players on each side fall into five playing positions.
A team, once having established ball control in the front half of their court, may not return the ball to the backcourt and be the first to touch it.
 Women’s industrial leagues sprang up throughout the United States, producing famous athletes, including Babe Didrikson of the Golden Cyclones, and the All American Red
Heads Team, which competed against men’s teams, using men’s rules.
By the 1950s, basketball had become a major college sport, thus paving the way for a growth of interest in professional basketball.
Frank Mahan, one of the players from the original first game, approached Naismith after the Christmas break, in early 1892, asking him what he intended to call his new game.
For college, the NBA, and many high schools, there are a total of three referees on the court.
Barnstorming squads such as the Original Celtics and two all-African American teams, the New York Renaissance Five (“Rens”) and the (still existing) Harlem Globetrotters played
up to two hundred games a year on their national tours.
They generally last no longer than one minute (100 seconds in the NBA) unless, for televised games, a commercial break is needed.
Prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics, only European and South American teams were allowed to field professionals in the Olympics.
During the first decades of the 20th century, basketball quickly became the ideal interscholastic sport due to its modest equipment and personnel requirements.
Informally, players may play three-on-three, two-on-two, and one-on-one.
Men’s basketball was first included at the Berlin 1936 Summer Olympics, although a demonstration tournament was held in 1904.
By 1897–1898 teams of five became standard.
The tallest player is usually the center, the second-tallest and strongest is the power forward, a slightly shorter but more agile player is the small forward, and the shortest
players or the best ball handlers are the shooting guard and the point guard, who implements the coach’s game plan by managing the execution of offensive and defensive plays (player positioning).
The first of these came in a controversial final game in Munich in 1972 against the Soviet Union, in which the ending of the game was replayed three times until the Soviet
Union finally came out on top.
Today the NBA is the top professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries, talent, and level of competition.
In 1989, FIBA allowed professional NBA players to participate in the Olympics for the first time.
A limited number of time-outs, clock stoppages requested by a coach (or sometimes mandated in the NBA) for a short meeting with the players, are allowed.
After a team has scored from a field goal or free throw, play is resumed with a throw-in awarded to the non-scoring team taken from a point beyond the endline of the court
where the points(s) were scored.
Other professional women’s basketball leagues in the United States, such as the American Basketball League (1996–98), have folded in part because of the popularity of the
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting
a basketball (approximately 9.4 inches (24 cm) in diameter) through the defender’s hoop (a basket 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter mounted 10 feet (3.048 m) high to a backboard at each end of the court, while preventing the opposing team from
shooting through their own hoop.
Women’s basketball development was more structured than that for men in the early years.
The time allowed is actual playing time; the clock is stopped while the play is not active.
The first women’s AAU All-America team was chosen in 1929.
 The Grads also shone on several exhibition trips to Europe, and won four consecutive exhibition Olympics tournaments, in 1924, 1928, 1932, and 1936; however, women’s
basketball was not an official Olympic sport until 1976.
The main North American league is the WNBA (NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship is also popular), whereas the strongest European clubs participate in the EuroLeague
A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three.
In the 2004 Athens Olympics, the United States suffered its first Olympic loss while using professional players, falling to Puerto Rico (in a 19-point loss) and Lithuania
in group games, and being eliminated in the semifinals by Argentina.
 The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries, talent, and level of competition.
There are also limits on how players may block an opponent’s field goal attempt or help a teammate’s field goal attempt.
The organizations said they were concerned that the tournament was being used to recruit professional players from the prep ranks.
While YMCA was responsible for initially developing and spreading the game, within a decade it discouraged the new sport, as rough play and rowdy crowds began to detract from
YMCA’s primary mission.
Its rosters include the names of great players, coaches, referees and people who have contributed significantly to the development of the game.
A EuroLeague game in Moscow in 2018 Worldwide, basketball tournaments are held for boys and girls of all age levels.
 He sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters.
 Berenson’s rules were first published in 1899, and two years later she became the editor of A. G. Spalding’s first Women’s Basketball Guide.
For both men’s and women’s teams, a standard uniform consists of a pair of shorts and a jersey with a clearly visible number, unique within the team, printed on both the front
The hall of fame has people who have accomplished many goals in their career in basketball.
Therefore, games generally take much longer to complete than the allotted game time, typically about two hours.
 Playing regulations Games are played in four quarters of 10 (FIBA) or 12 minutes (NBA).
The Women’s National Basketball League began in 1981.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup and Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament are the major international events of the sport and attract top national teams from around the world.
Three years later, the first FIBA World Championship for women, now known as the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, was held in Chile.
The first intercollegiate women’s game was on April 4, 1896.
In the years before World War I, the Amateur Athletic Union and the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (forerunner of the NCAA) vied for control over
the rules for the game.
In the days before widespread television coverage of professional and college sports, the popularity of high school basketball was unrivaled in many parts of America.
The table officials are responsible for keeping track of each team’s scoring, timekeeping, individual and team fouls, player substitutions, team possession arrow, and the
In 1905, the executive committee on Basket Ball Rules (National Women’s Basketball Committee) was created by the American Physical Education Association.
However, the league has recently taken steps forward.
In 1905, frequent injuries on the football field prompted President Theodore Roosevelt to suggest that colleges form a governing body, resulting in the creation of the Intercollegiate
Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS).
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