History of Womens Basketball
People who are basketball junkies seem to know lots about men's basketball, but
many of them do not know the background of the history of women's basketball. It is well known that basketball was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Nesmith, but what is not so well known is the history of women's basketball. In my opinion, for all of basketball fans out there, it is important for them to also know that the inaugural women's college basketball session was actually part of a physical education class at SmithCollege for girls in Connecticut.In 1983 at Smith college, the very first = first women's college basketball game took place. It was a game where the freshman played against the sophomores.
Unlike women's college basketball games today, the game was actually taken behind locked doors and men were prohibited from watching.ON that time, women's basketball is played with 3 zones and 3 players froe ach team of 9 are placed on each zone yet each player cannot move out of their zone. Women's basketball began to develop quickly and the fist game between two different women's college basketball teams was played in April 1896. The game was played between Stanford and Berkley, and it was Stanford which beat Berkley.
At that time, there were still 9 players on each woman's college basketball team in this inter-college game. However, the rule changes a little bit from the old rules which sated the a person can only hold the ball for 3 seconds and must dribble it 3 times before making a pass. The new rule changed in which stated women cannot run more than 5 feet before having to pass the ball. Once again, men were not allowed to watch a women's basketball game in this point.In 1901, formal rules of women's college basketball were established. It then went through many changes before into the game that is played today.
An interesting fact to know is that the basketball in which women were laying is still sewn shut so that the umpire had to remove the ball from it every time a basket is made.The indoor game between women's college basketball was not always made available to the women after a couple of decades in which the sport of basketball began. It was unfair to note that in early 1900's, some women's college basketball teams had to play on grass courts outside and did not have the
chance to play on an indoor court at all.