Hoop Genius

How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (2013)
Hoop Genius


In 1891 James Naismith invented basketball.  But why would anyone invent a new sport?  Because the rowdy class of teenage boys they were teaching couldn't handle indoor football, indoor soccer, or indoor lacrosse.  Naismith wanted a game where tackling would not be allowed.  He started out with a soccer ball and two peach baskets and taught his students the game.  There were lots of fouls, and only one basket, and nobody wanted the game to end.  When the students went home they taught the game to their families and friends, and women started playing too. 

In 1936 basketball became an Olympic sport.  John Coy wrote an insightful author's note with additional information about James Naismith.  A bibliography is included.  The end papers are made of the original typed rules of basketball.  The book received a starred review from Horn Book Magazine and is highly recommended.

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