The Origin of Sports
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- •Basketball🏀In 1891 Dr. James Naismith wanted to create a game that involved less contact than football but still provided conditioning for his physical education class. He divided the class into 2 teams whose goal was to throw a soccer ball into a fruit basket that was nailed to the gym railing. After every basket the janitor had to get the ball down with a ladder.
- •Baseball⚾️Its most direct ancestors are rounders and cricket, two English sports. Around the time of the American Revolution, several variations of these games were being played at schools and college campuses around the country. In 1845, a group of guys from NYC founded the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club, which established the rules we know and love today.
- •Football🏈Started on universities in the U.S. as a combination of rugby and soccer in the late 19th century. Walter Camp, an undergrad at Yale, helped start a committee for establishing rules after the sport gained popularity and is known as "The Father of American Football". The main rules were the establishment of the line of scrimmage and having a certain number of "downs"
- •Tennis🎾The origins of tennis date back as far as 12th century France, which involved hitting the ball with a bare hand and later a glove. By the 16th century the glove became a racquet and the sport continued to evolved until the invention of modern lawn tennis in 1865 by a rich Englishman. "Tennis balles" are mentioned by Shakespeare in Henry V (1599).
- •Soccer⚽️Soccer dates all the way back to 2500 BC when Greeks, Egyptians, and Chinese all apparently partook in "feet-based games" involving a ball. In all of these games the players were allowed to use their hands, feet, and sometimes a stick. It wasn't until organized teams in Britain began to emerge in the 1700s that the use of hands was outlawed.