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5 Awesome Facts About Basketball

Fantastic Basketball Facts for Kids 

The game of basketball evolved over time as the popularity of the sport took off. What began as the brainchild of a gym teacher to keep kids entertained and out of trouble has developed into an international sports phenomenon. For inquiring minds, here are some interesting facts about the backstory of the game. Check out a list of the best children's books about basketball for little ones who want to learn even more about the sport.


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Fantastic Basketball Facts for Kids

The original game was played with peach baskets and a soccer ball. In 1900, string baskets with backboards were finally developed to keep spectators from interfering with the game.


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When the game was first invented, dribbling was not allowed. Players had to advance the ball down the court by passing only. In 1897, Yale introduced a new rule that allowed a single dribble.


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It wasn't until 1961 that three-point shots were incorporated by the American Basketball League. The first three pointer was made in the National Basketball League in 1979.


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Basketball became an Olympic event in 1936.


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The NBA first adopted the 24-second shot clock in 1954.


Kids' Basketball Toys

Looking for gift ideas for children who love basketball? Taking kids to a college or professional basketball game is a fun experience. Check out some of these basketball gifts for kids who love to shoot hoops.


vtech basketball sports center

VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

Sound effects and an LED scoreboard all lots of excitement to this fun, interactive basketball toy for toddlers. Excellent for motor skill development.

plush basketball pillow

Plush Pillow

Super soft plush basketball perfect for babies and toddlers. Pair this stuffed toy to a few board books for an adorable baby shower gift for sports fans.

little tikes basketball set

Little Tikes Set

This is a best-selling, adjustable set for indoor and outdoor play. An excellent basketball toy for motor development, and to get rid of a little extra energy.



bathtub basketball hoop

Bathtub Hoop and Ball Set

Bring all the action into the tub with this popular set for toddlers. Strong suction cups provide easy placement anywhere along the wall. Includes four balls and a mesh bag for storage.



lebron james plush basketball toy

LeBron James Transforming Plush

A two-in-one Space Jam plush toy for sports fans. This LeBron James plush doll can be manipulated into a basketball, and vice versa. Fun and safe toy for youngsters as well as cute bedroom decor.



over the door basketball hoop

Franklin Sports Over-the-Door Hoop

Bring the excitement of the game indoors with this best-selling basketball hoop. This quality set is durable enough to stand up to big kids practicing their slam dunks.



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Party Decoration Kit

Bring a child's birthday party to life with this all-inclusive basketball kit! Banner, balloons, table settings and more!

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