Best Answer

James Naismith invented Basketball when he was working at the Springfield YMCA in Massachusetts. His class was confined indoors because of snow and rain. The head of physical education at the YMCA, Dr. Luther Gulick, told him he had two weeks to create an athletically stimulating game to keep the class occupied that could be played indoors.

User Avatar

Wiki User

9y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar
More answers
User Avatar

Wiki User

7y ago

Basketball, a game first played in America and dominated by Americans for many years, was invented by Canadian-born educator Dr. James A. Naismith in 1891. Naismith was looking to create a game that could be played indoors during the winter between the football and Baseball seasons.

Dr. Naismith created basketball to keep a physical education class fit during the cold winter months in Springfield, Massachusetts. The class had 18 students, so the game originally called for 9 men on each side.

Basketball originally was played with a soccer ball, and players threw the ball at peach baskets overhead. According to the Naismith Museum, (see Resources), the idea for shooting the ball at the baskets came from a childhood game--Duck on a Rock--in which Dr. Naismith and his pals would lob a stone at another stone sitting on a rock. As basketball became wildly popular thanks to the national YMCA network, Dr. Naismith took a position as physical education director at the Denver YMCA in 1895. In 1898, Dr. Naismith became the basketball coach. He led the team for 10 years. He continued to teach at Kansas until his retirement in 1937.

Twenty years after his death in 1939, Dr. Naismith was enshrined in the Basketball season where it all began in Springfield, Massachusetts.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

15y ago

He developed it for his rowdy PE class.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

14y ago

the basketball

This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Why did James Naismith invent baketball?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Related questions

Did David Naismith invent basketball?

james naismith

When did James naismith invent football helmet?

yes he did invent an early version

Did James naismith invent basketball?


What all did James Naismith invent?


Who was the person to invent basketball?

James naismith

Which game did James Naismith invent?


What was James Naismith's life like?

James Naismith had a fairly typical childhood. He grew up to invent basketball.

What was the date James Naismith invent basketball?


What made James Naismith invent basketball?

I'm in a pickle

What country did James Naismith invent basketball?

Chris Jackson, Gulport, MS

Who is credited for inventing modern Basketball?

James Naismith was the first person to invent the basketall

Who helped james naismith invent basketball?

Well, Naismith was a dumb man so whocares lets play ping-pong booom