Basketball was invented as there was a need for a gymnasium activity as an alternative to freestanding exercise during the winter months.
Canadian Dr. James Naismith staff member of Springfield College, Massachusetts wanted to make his classes more appealing,so tried introduced various recreational games, such as Association Football, American Football and Lacrosse. However as the gym had limited space this became difficult so decided to combine the activities of the various sports to create a new game.
Basketball combines the following factors to make it a particularly good sport that can be played all year round.
- a team game
- a ball handling game without the use of any implement
- the ball was easy to handle, round, light and difficult to conceal
- a game played indoors
- no tackling
- to offset the no tackling, players were not permitted to run with the ball
- skill required to score, therefore, the target was placed above head height
- equal opportunity for each team
- game that demanded skill rather than strength to succeed
- game easy to learn
- a game anybody could play
At West Midlands Sports Development we follow national governing body recommendations.
- We ensure Coaches are suitably qualified i.e. hold at least a UKCC Level 2 coaching award.
- All coaches should have attended a sports coach UK Safeguarding & Protecting Children course or an equivalent child protection course.
- All coaches and club personnel working directly with children are Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checked.
- All coaches are monitored of in their role to ensure they maintain the high standards of coaching practice.
- All coaches have a valid emergency or first aid qualification.
During planning for our courses our aim is to:
- Ensure a suitable coach to player ratio.
- Ensure additional adults are present whilst coaching sessions are undertaken.
- Ensure any volunteers that may support our resident coaches are aware of our strict coaching philosophy.
All our coaches are committed to the new 1st4Sport Level 3 Certificate Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport.
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