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Canadian James Naismith invented the sport of basketball in 1891 at the YMCA Training School in Massachusetts, in an effort to entertain his students during the cold winter months.  Early on, the ball used by two, nine-player teams was simply a soccer ball and the baskets at each end of the court were peach boxes.  The bottoms of the peach boxes were cut out and then eventually replaced with metal hoops and backboards.  The game has evolved to be played all over the world and was first included in the Olympic Games in 1936 with the women’s game added in 1976.

Basketball Facts

  • Peach baskets were the first hoops
  • Hoop is 10 feet tall and 46 cm in diameter
  • Four, eight minute quarters make up a game for this level
  • Players have 30 seconds to take a shot

Basketball has developed over the years to involve the common techniques of shooting, passing and dribbling, as well as players' positions, and offensive and defensive structures.  Typically, the tallest members of a team will play centre or one of two forward positions, while shorter players or those who possess the best ball handling skills and speed, play the guard positions.

Most athletes at the BC Summer Games will have had their initial basketball experience through participation in the various Steve Nash Youth Basketball programs offered across the province.  BC Summer Games participants are not ranked at this stage of development because they will be in either their last year of elementary school or first year of high school, and have not yet played in Basketball BC provincial team programs or high school championships.

The Basketball BC Under 14 program develops athletes for the BC Summer Games and is the introduction point for the elite basketball programs where players are identified for future National Championship and Centre for Performance opportunities.  The program is designed to assist in the development of fundamental skills and provide expert coaching for athletes in this age group.

Basketball BC is the provincial organization responsible for the development of the sport in the province.  BC Games alumni include current national team member Levon Kendall and 2012 Olympians Teresa Gabriele and Kim Smith.