Excellent, Preschool, John Coy, Joe Morse, Basketball, History, Sports
James Naismith takes over a rowdy gym class that has already made two teachers quit. He tries to play football and soccer with them, but the kids keep getting hurt. One night he stays up trying to think of a game to play with them where they couldn't run with the ball (to prevent tackling). He remembers a game he played as a kid called Duck on a Rock that he adapts into basketball. The first day he tries out his new game, the kids are still too rough. But Naismith sets up the game so that if a player gets two fouls they can't play, so the kids quickly learn to play by the rules. Basketball spreads and becomes very popular.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 38:
9, Article 44.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol38/iss9/44