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Sports Origins

Have you ever wondered where some sports come from? Well, they haven't always been the flashy, multi-billion dollar businesses they are today. Basketball started out with a peach basket and hockey has been called a bunch of different names - like hurley, wicket, ricket and even break-shins. Weird, huh?

Sports Origins - Basketball

Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian who was teaching at Springfield College in Massachusetts, needed to come up with a game to entertain the school's rugby and football players during the winter months. So he grabbed a peach basket he found in the janitor's closet of the school and hung it on a railing about 10 feet from the floor. Every time the players made a shot though, they had to take down the basket and grab the ball, which became really annoying. Dr. Naismith decided to cut a hole in the basket so the ball would go straight through without them having to dig it out all the time. On December 21, 1891 he made the first 13 rules for basketball, which resemble many of the rules used today.

Sports Origins - Hockey

The exact origin of hockey is harder to pinpoint. Some people say it started from hurling - an Irish game that is kind of like lacrosse. Others say it came from the English game of field hockey. One theory is that when the English came to North America they realized that they could move way faster on the ice covered ponds than the grass, so they started playing ice hockey. Yet another guess at how hockey was invented is that the name "hockey" came from the French word "hocquet" meaning "Shepherd's Crook", which is the shape of a hockey stick.

Sports Origins - Rugby

In 19th century England (in a town called - you guessed it - Rugby), a soccer player who was sick of only being able to use his feet to move the ball, decided to pick it up and run with it. At first other people were mad about this because it was against the rules, but then they accepted it and took it on as a separate sport - rugby.

Sports Origins - Football

It is widely believed that American football is a spin-off of two popular European games - soccer (known as football in Europe) and rugby. In the late 1800s, players in the United States decided to use an oval ball instead of a round one and took rules from both games to form a brand new one. For awhile, early American football was very similar to rugby - until the rules changed enough to produce the game you've come to know and love on Super Bowl Sunday.

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    LUCYQWERTY123
    well in my opinion i think its a sport cause its more of gymnastic and gymnastics is a sport so yeah :D :punk :nerd :nerd :nerd :punk :punk :punk
    reply 4 days
    1PhanTrash
    It's definitely an American thing - here in Australia we have like no Cheerleaders or Cheerleading groups. I think it's a sport but I'm not really into it. I think any girls or boys can do it. :3
    reply 4 days
    1PhanTrash
    "Dubadins" wrote: I have never been a cheerleader but I think it is a sport because it is very active and a lot of difficult looking moves. I agree
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    Wolf74
    Wolf74 posted in Dance:
    use to like ballet and now gymnastics cause ballet does't suit me
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    Enki
    Enki posted in Xtreme Sports:
    Sure, many girls can fight, in fact some can fight really well, however it is a fact that women are generally physically weaker than men, which means that if a healthy male and a healthy female were to fight then the outcome wouldn't be 50/50 but rather 25/75 if even that much, this assumes that both the male and female have the same experience, training and of course both are healthy. This doesn't mean that women are inferior to men, but I am just pointing out facts, the notion that men and women are exactly the same and should be carrying out the same tasks is ridiculous.
    reply 7 days