Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Guest Post, Sport | Posted on October 6, 2015

Guest Post by Cooper and Jack

Basketball is a popular sport and people around the world play it. According to Wikipedia, basketball was invented in 1891 by a PE teacher called Mr Naismith. He wanted a game that was not as rough as football.

In 1949 the National Basketball Association (NBA) started in America. It is now very popular and worth billions of dollars. In America there is a National Basketball Association. It is called the NBA and there are lots of teams. Some of them are Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors.

There were only thirteen rules of “basket ball”. These are the original rules which we have copied from Wikipedia.

  1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.
  2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands.
  3. A player cannot run with the ball, the player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at good speed.
  4. The ball must be held in or between the hands, the arms or body must not be used for holding it.
  5. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed. The first infringement of this rule by any person shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no substitute.
  6. A foul is striking the ball with the fist, violation of rules 3 and 4, and such as described in rule 5.
  7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls it shall count a goal for opponents.
  8. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from grounds into the basket and stays there If the ball rests on the edge and the opponent moves the basket it shall count as a goal.
  9. When the ball goes out of bounds it shall be thrown into the field and played by the person first touching it. In case of a dispute, the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The “thrower-in” is allowed five seconds. If he holds it longer it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on them.
  10. The umpire shall be the judge of the men and shall note the fouls, and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made.
  11. The referee shall be the judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in-bounds, and to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made and keep account of the goals with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee.
  12. The time shall be fifteen-minute halves, with five minute rests between.
  13. The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner. In the case of a draw, the game may, by agreement of the captains, be continued until another goal is made.

This is a picture of the first basketball court.




A basketball court looks like this:

Picture from Word by Picture website

Picture from Word by Picture website


When you play basketball you need shorts and a t-shirt because you get hot. You also need a basketball and a pair of shoes that are easy to run in, like Nike, Asics or Adidas.

Basketball is good for your health because you run around and become fit. It is also good fun playing with your friends.


Photo taken by Jack

Photo taken by Jack


Do you like basketball? Why?


Tell us about a basketball game you have played.


Comments (1)

Well done Cooper and Jack. That was a great read 🙂

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