The national teams will be training with the Wilson Solution Basketball, the ball has a 100% moisture-absorbing cover which keeps moisture away from players hands. Alongside this it also has two exclusive Wilson Patents, Cushion Core™ and laid in pebbled channels for a softer ultimate feel. A few of our national sides have already been using the new balls in training and the feedback is very positive.
Women’s basketball development was more structured than that for men in the early years. In 1905, the Executive Committee on Basket Ball Rules (National Women’s Basketball Committee) was created by the American Physical Education Association. These rules called for six to nine players per team and 11 officials. The International Women’s Sports Federation included a women’s basketball competition. 37 women’s high school varsity basketball or state tournaments were held by 1925. And in 1926, the Amateur Athletic Union backed the first national women’s basketball championship, complete with men’s rules. The Edmonton Grads, a touring Canadian women’s team based in Edmonton, Alberta, operated between 1915 and 1940. The Grads toured all over North America, and were exceptionally successful. They posted a record of 522 wins and only 20 losses over that span, as they met any team that wanted to challenge them, funding their tours from gate receipts. The Grads also shone on several exhibition trips to Europe, and won four consecutive exhibition Olympics tournaments, in 1924, 1928, 1932, and 1936; however, women’s basketball was not an official Olympic sport until 1976. The Grads’ players were unpaid, and had to remain single. The Grads’ style focused on team play, without overly emphasizing skills of individual players. The first women’s AAU All-America team was chosen in 1929. Women’s industrial leagues sprang up throughout the United States, producing famous athletes, including Babe Didrikson of the Golden Cyclones, and the All American Red Heads Team, which competed against men’s teams, using men’s rules. By 1938, the women’s national championship changed from a three-court game to two-court game with six players per team.
Teams abounded throughout the 1920s. There were hundreds of men’s professional basketball teams in towns and cities all over the United States, and little organization of the professional game. Players jumped from team to team and teams played in armories and smoky dance halls. Leagues came and went. Barnstorming squads such as the Original Celtics and two all-African American teams, the New York Renaissance Five (“Rens”) and the (still existing) Harlem Globetrotters played up to two hundred games a year on their national tours.
Biggest and the best – We have the largest number of basketball leagues in London – for good reason. Currently, GO Mammoth is the market leader in venue coverage, with our basketball london leagues spanning the Capital. Just check out our list of venues above to find a basketball league near you. Professional officiating – We want to keep your basketball games as official as possible, while still creating an enjoyable atmosphere. At each of your basketball league games you’ll see up to two official basketball referees and one table official to ensure fair play. Levels of play – Our basketball london leagues range from super social to competitive (to champs leagues!). If you’ve just begun playing the sport, you may want to join our recreational basketball london league. Even if you aren’t sure on the Basketball rules, just ask one of our friendly officials. On the other hand, if you’ve been playing the game for years, you may want to join one of our intermediate basketball teams for a more competitive atmosphere. Stay in touch with team members – You can contact your basketball team with our easy online team management software. Here you can check your fixtures and standings within seconds! Get your daily exercise in – Basketball is great way to get out and exercise, regardless of your level of play. Because our basketball club is friendly, competitive and fun we think it is an excellent way to break up your daily gym routine! Individuals welcome – If you can’t get a team together for one of our basketball leagues, we can place you on a team filled with other individual sign ups. All of our individual teams are welcoming and friendly! Affordable leagues – Gym memberships burning a hole in your wallet? Join one of our basketball leagues across London for an affordable and fun way to stay in shape. Win prizes – If your basketball team wins any of our London leagues there’s great prizes up for grabs. Make new friends – Playing in one of our basketball leagues is a great way to meet new people around London. Our basketball teams strike a great balance between fun and competition. Great social scene – Why not relax after your basketball league with a bunch of your mates? We have great socials and mammoth sponsor bars in London.
For both men’s and women’s teams, a standard uniform consists of a pair of shorts and a jersey with a clearly visible number, unique within the team, printed on both the front and back. Players wear high-top sneakers that provide extra ankle support. Typically, team names, players’ names and, outside of North America, sponsors are printed on the uniforms.
The two most common shots that use the above described setup are the set-shot and the jump-shot. The set-shot is taken from a standing position, with neither foot leaving the floor, typically used for free throws, and in other circumstances while the jump-shot is taken in mid-air, the ball released near the top of the jump. This provides much greater power and range, and it also allows the player to elevate over the defender. Failure to release the ball before the feet return to the floor is considered a traveling violation.
Basketball was originally played with a soccer ball. These round balls from “association football” were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball’s cover had been flipped outside-in. These laces could cause bounce passes and dribbling to be unpredictable. Eventually a lace-free ball construction method was invented, and this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith. (Whereas in American football, the lace construction proved to be advantageous for gripping and remains to this day.) The first balls made specifically for basketball were brown, and it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball that is now in common use. Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the “bounce pass” to teammates. Passing the ball was the primary means of ball movement. Dribbling was eventually introduced but limited by the asymmetric shape of early balls. Dribbling only became a major part of the game around the 1950s, as manufacturing improved the ball shape.
The only essential equipment in a basketball game is the ball and the court: a flat, rectangular surface with baskets at opposite ends. Competitive levels require the use of more equipment such as clocks, score sheets, scoreboard(s), alternating possession arrows, and whistle-operated stop-clock systems.
At the professional level, most male players are above 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) and most women above 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m). Guards, for whom physical coordination and ball-handling skills are crucial, tend to be the smallest players. Almost all forwards in the top men’s pro leagues are 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) or taller. Most centers are over 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) tall. According to a survey given to all NBA teams, the average height of all NBA players is just under 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m), with the average weight being close to 222 pounds (101 kg). The tallest players ever in the NBA were Manute Bol and Gheorghe Mureșan, who were both 7 feet 7 inches (2.31 m) tall. The tallest current NBA player is Sim Bhullar, who stands at 7 feet 5 inches (2.26 m). At 7 feet 2 inches (2.18 m), Margo Dydek was the tallest player in the history of the WNBA.
After a team has committed a specified number of fouls, the other team is said to be “in the bonus”. On scoreboards, this is usually signified with an indicator light reading “Bonus” or “Penalty” with an illuminated directional arrow or dot indicating that team is to receive free throws when fouled by the opposing team. (Some scoreboards also indicate the number of fouls committed.)
Mar 3, 2017, 11:37 am Basketball Wales is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new Mini Basketball Awards Scheme to encourage boys and girls up to the age of 11 to take up this exciting, fast-paced and growing sport. The new FREE scheme is set to tip off this weekend (4- 5 March 2017) in Caernarfon and Swansea. This scheme, funded by the FIBA Europe Youth Development Fund, will enable mini ballers to learn the basic skills and earn bronze, silver and gold badges by attending a mini basketball festival and regular coaching sessions at local affiliated basketball clubs. A bronze award mini basketball festival can be run by schools, basketball clubs, local authorities and youth clubs. Organisers will have the help of a dedicated Basketball Wales Mini Basketball officer who can provide the equipment, find a venue and supply detailed session plans, to make sure that each festival is a great success. All schools that attend or host a bronze award mini basketball festival will receive a number of FREE mini basketballs courtesy of the FIBA Europe Youth Development fund as well as a video guide on how to deliver the bronze award session when back in school to encourage more pupils to participate in mini basketball. Participants are encouraged to joining an affiliated club that run mini basketball coaching sessions to progress through the next stages of the scheme. These clubs will help players develop their new-found skills as well as teaching them new ones – no slam dunks yet thought! Basketball Wales Mini Basketball Director Lee Coulson speaking about the launch of this exciting new project said, “Grass roots basketball is an area that Basketball Wales is targeting to help us grow the game here in Wales. With the creation of this new awards scheme we hope to engage a new generation of players, boys and girls, to give basketball a try. Maybe we will find the next Michael Jordan or Steph Curry!” We are delighted that we have several festivals already organised across Wales but we are looking to reach as many new players as possible”. To coincide with the launch of the new scheme, a dedicated mini basketball website will be up and running soon. It will contain information about the award scheme, how to run a mini basketball festival and a list of all affiliated clubs in Wales that hold weekly mini basketball coaching sessions. Any club, school or organisation that would like to know more about running a bronze award mini basketball festival or if you would like any information about an up and coming festival, please email [email protected]. Bronze Award Mini Basketball Festivals can be run through the medium of English or Welsh.
The shortest player ever to play in the NBA is Muggsy Bogues at 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m). Other short players have thrived at the pro level. Anthony “Spud” Webb was just 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) tall, but had a 42-inch (1.1 m) vertical leap, giving him significant height when jumping. While shorter players are often at a disadvantage in certain aspects of the game, their ability to navigate quickly through crowded areas of the court and steal the ball by reaching low are strengths.
Today virtually every high school in the United States fields a basketball team in varsity competition. Basketball’s popularity remains high, both in rural areas where they carry the identification of the entire community, as well as at some larger schools known for their basketball teams where many players go on to participate at higher levels of competition after graduation. In the 2003–04 season, 1,002,797 boys and girls represented their schools in interscholastic basketball competition, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. The states of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky are particularly well known for their residents’ devotion to high school basketball, commonly called Hoosier Hysteria in Indiana; the critically acclaimed film Hoosiers shows high school basketball’s depth of meaning to these communities.
Also, as this popular game grows in Wales, the board will be looking to improve access to basketball for all, growing participation in the sport from complete beginners to seasoned players. As well as supporting the development of coaches, referees and table officials.
Women’s basketball began in 1892 at Smith College when Senda Berenson, a physical education teacher, modified Naismith’s rules for women. Shortly after she was hired at Smith, she went to Naismith to learn more about the game. Fascinated by the new sport and the values it could teach, she organized the first women’s collegiate basketball game on March 21, 1893, when her Smith freshmen and sophomores played against one another. However, the first women’s interinstitutional game was played in 1892 between the University of California and Miss Head’s School. Berenson’s rules were first published in 1899, and two years later she became the editor of A. G. Spalding’s first Women’s Basketball Guide. Berenson’s freshmen played the sophomore class in the first women’s intercollegiate basketball game at Smith College, March 21, 1893. The same year, Mount Holyoke and Sophie Newcomb College (coached by Clara Gregory Baer) women began playing basketball. By 1895, the game had spread to colleges across the country, including Wellesley, Vassar, and Bryn Mawr. The first intercollegiate women’s game was on April 4, 1896. Stanford women played Berkeley, 9-on-9, ending in a 2–1 Stanford victory.
National Team Head Coach full of praises after latest campFeb 27, 2017, 5:15 pm The U23 and senior men national teams held their 5th camp this weekend at the brand new Cardiff Met Archers Arena and after the camp Head Coach James Bamfield had glowing praise for the progress being made. “Cardiff Met’s newly built 2 court facility is a beacon for the growth of the sport in Cardiff and Wales and was a fantastic facility for our national team training camp. Working at club level in an area of the UK where we have dusty concrete floors, baskets that don’t work with broken nets, I have a real appreciation for quality venues. As an ex player I know the impact an appropriate floor has on longevity and performance. The sponsorship deal with Wilson is great news, and the Solution basketballs are really good quality, while the Givova kit gives a professional look to the camps. We’ve also been able to secure the services of Matt Keen to provide physiotherapy and prehab at our camps. Matt is an ex Welsh international player himself and the players made use of his services and were appreciative of his commitment. It is really important to me that we put players who are attending camps in a high quality learning environment to maximise their development, both as individuals and as part of our national team moving forward. We have already delivered over 50 on court teaching hours and 3 fixtures during the NBL season. The Basketball Wales board have been fantastic in helping to develop this and I know we are only just scratching the surface of where we want to be. I also want to thank Tommy Walsh our team manager who must take a lot of credit as a real unsung hero.” The eight hour camp brought together 25 players from the senior and U23 age groups and featured a strong focus on player development, use of the dribble and pick & roll play. There was a continued emphasis on the full court style of play, it is hoped this will become a staple of the national style of play. Both groups will get together again before Easter with the U23s travelling to Scotland in late April to face both Scotland and Ireland age group sides. The seniors will also visit Scotland in June. The U23 squad for Scotland is set to be announced shortly with the senior squad decided after the Easter camp. Alan Duppa There was some sad news this week as long time veteran Alan Duppa announced his retirement from international basketball. Alan had hoped to add some experience to the squad with a view to 2018 but with the focus now firmly on the Commonwealth Games 2022 he has decided to hang up his boots for good. Everyone at Basketball Wales sends their thanks to Alan for his service to the National Team and good luck for the future.
If a team exceeds a certain limit of team fouls in a given period (quarter or half) – four for NBA, NCAA women’s, and international games – the opposing team is awarded one or two free throws on all subsequent non-shooting fouls for that period, the number depending on the league. In the US college men’s game and high school games for both sexes, if a team reaches 7 fouls in a half, the opposing team is awarded one free throw, along with a second shot if the first is made. This is called shooting “one-and-one”. If a team exceeds 10 fouls in the half, the opposing team is awarded two free throws on all subsequent fouls for the half.
Good dribblers (or “ball handlers”) tend to bounce the ball low to the ground, reducing the distance of travel of the ball from the floor to the hand, making it more difficult for the defender to “steal” the ball. Good ball handlers frequently dribble behind their backs, between their legs, and switch directions suddenly, making a less predictable dribbling pattern that is more difficult to defend against. This is called a crossover, which is the most effective way to move past defenders while dribbling.
A skilled player can dribble without watching the ball, using the dribbling motion or peripheral vision to keep track of the ball’s location. By not having to focus on the ball, a player can look for teammates or scoring opportunities, as well as avoid the danger of having someone steal the ball away from him/her.
Another shot that is becoming common is the “circus shot”. The circus shot is a low-percentage shot that is flipped, heaved, scooped, or flung toward the hoop while the shooter is off-balance, airborne, falling down, and/or facing away from the basket. A back-shot is a shot taken when the player is facing away from the basket, and may be shot with the dominant hand, or both; but there is a very low chance that the shot will be successful.