HoopLight Flashback: The Orginal Basket Games

What kind of basket you ask?

Why a peach basket of course!

Canadian educator James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball back in 1891, decided on peach baskets as the first basketball goals in the history of the sport.

(Basketball sounds way nicer than what I would have named it, probably would have called it peach basket games, or something ridiculous lol)

So the purpose of basketball in the beginning was to create a nice indoor distraction for students of the International YMCA Training School (now Springfield College) in Massachusetts, during the harsh winter months.

Originally the game had 15 minute halves and was played with 18 players in total, so 9 players per side on the court at one time.

Definitely way different than how we play today.

And you wouldn't believe the score of the first ever game!

Can you guess?

Get this...

1-0

Yup, you read that right.

1 basket to 0

Haha I was laughing pretty hard when I read that, but hey, you've got to start somewhere right?

And here's something else that was drastically different.

The fruit baskets, nailed to the lower railing of the gym balcony, held the ball when a basket was scored, so each time it happened the janitor would use his ladder to go up and grab the ball to continue the game.

Good thing these were low scoring games! Haha

Eventually Naismith and his crew figured out that they could make a tiny hole in the bottom of the peach basket, so every time a team scored the handle-side of a broom could be used to poke the ball out.

And after a little while longer, the bottoms of the peach baskets were removed altogether.

Talk about incremental improvements!

So James Naismith was an interesting fellow.

Basketball's popularity grew wildly, but he never sought any recognition or fame, and preferred to remain a physical educator who embraced recreational sport but shied away from the glory of competitive athletics.

He earned 11 academic degrees and was quite the athlete, winning Wicksteed gold medal as the top athlete in the senior class when he was at McGill.

One of his greatest accomplishments and thrills was when he was sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to participate in the ceremonial tip-off when basketball became an Olympic sport at the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin.

What a deserving accomplishment!

James without you my life would be way less fun!

And I probably wouldn't be as healthy.

You're the man who made sure the name Peach Basket Games never became a thing Haha

You've created a magnificent sport that now over 300 million people play worldwide.

So stoked you were inducted into the McGill Sports Hall of Face in 1996.

There'll never be another inventor like your James, but I can certainly try to follow in your footsteps.

Well, gotta get back to making these HoopLights and inventing new products!

This next version with the HoopLight app game is gonna be sick.

For the love of basketball!

Hope you're as pumped as I am!

In the meantime, click here to get your HoopLight if you haven't already :)

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Until next time,

Joey