Wilson NCAA Pro Mini Hoop View

Wilson NCAA Pro Mini Hoop

The Wilson NCAA Pro mini hoop is designed for fast basketball play in any room of the house. It features a 28cm (11’’) x 38cm (15’’) clear polycarbonate shatter-proof backboard and a durable 9” (23cm) rim made of steel. The mini hoop is suitable for children and adults alike and ensures quick and easy assembly and mounting over the door. It is great for practising shots without having to leave your room and offers foam padded door brackets that prevent scuffing and damaging your doorway. Plus, this lightweight (1.2kg) mini hoop comes complete with a 4.5” (11.4cm) rubber basketball and has NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and Wilson logos on the sides.

Spalding TF 250 Basketball View

Spalding TF 250 Basketball

The Spalding TF 250 basketball features an improved, softer cover for an extra grip and is a great solution regarding durability and game characteristics. This all-purpose ball is produced from new durable composite leather and suitable for both outdoors and indoors.

Spalding NBA Neverflat Outdoor Basketball View

Spalding NBA Neverflat Outdoor Basketball

The Spalding NBA Neverflat Outdoor basketball comes with the Nitroflate technology which forms a protective barrier against air seepage. This feature guarantees that the ball will remain fully inflated for up to 1 year before any air needs to be added. The basketball’s durable rubber surface results in much better grip and enhanced control. The ball also has a specially designed valve with cap which eliminates any leaks and keeps the dirt out. It is available in size 7.

Wilson Micro Basketball View

Wilson Micro Basketball

The Wilson micro basketball is designed for youngsters who are new to the game and is the perfect size to encourage them to have fun out on the courts. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, this basketball will suit and is lightweight with solid levels of grip so they can enjoy their playing time more. It comes with the NCAA logo on it and is made with a pressure lock bladder that ensures optimal air pressure in the ball.

Spalding NBA Logoman Miniboard View

Spalding NBA Logoman Miniboard

Perfect for office or children’s room, the Spalding NBA logoman miniboard is a must for true basketball fans who like to improve their shooting form and have excellent fun with family and friends. Adorned with the NBA logo, the board is great as a gift for basketball lovers and comes with a mini Spalding basketball to let you become a better shooter when watching the game. The board ensures easy mounting to most surfaces thanks to adhesive pads at the back.

Sure Shot Home Court Ring and Net Set View

Sure Shot Home Court Ring and Net Set

Suitable for players of all levels, the Sure Shot court ring and net set is a great choice for honing skills at home and offers a full-sized powder coated 18” (45cm) ring made of steel for solid durability. This easy to install set lets you develop shooting technique and includes a 12 loop net and a universal 4 hole pattern 2.8” x 2.4” (72mm x 63mm).

Basketball Equipment

The sport of basketball is unique in that it was invented by one person, Chaplain James Naismith.

In 1891, whilst working at the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA Training School, Naismith was tasked with finding a game that could be played inside during the severe winters.  It needed to be played in a small gym and to keep the school’s (American) football team fit.

The first game was played with a soccer ball, peach baskets were used as goals and there were thirteen rules.

Women's basketball began just a year later when Senda Berenson, a physical education teacher at Smith College modified Naismith's rules for women.

The game created quite a buzz keen sports people soon flocked to Springfield to learn the game.  Also, owing to the YMCA’s extensive network, basketball soon spread across the USA and was introduced in many nations from 1893.  The first professional league – the National Basketball League – was formed in the USA in 1898.  The game’s rapid rise saw it first played at the Olympics in 1936 (Berlin).

In 1959 The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was opened on the site of the first ever game. 

Today global regulations for courts and equipment are pretty tight to ensure a consistent experience for players everywhere.  The sanctioning body for the sport is the International Basketball Association (FIBA).

For example for upper levels of competition, the backboard must be 1,050mm high and 1,800mm wide, made of clear safety glass and outlined in white and the rim opening needs to be in 457mm diameter.

Basketball balls are round and either all orange or two- tone orange and brown.  Both eight and 12 seams of 6.35mm in width or less are permitted.  To be game ready the ball needs to bounce up to between 1,200 and 1,400mm when dropped from a height of 1,800mm.

Men’s basketball balls are between 749 and 780mm in circumference and weigh between 567 and 650g, this size is most commonly referred to as size seven.  For women the ball is smaller and lighter; between 724 and 737mm in circumference and 510 and 567g in weight (size six).

While serious sports fans will follow their own leagues and teams, the team that brought the game into the hearts of a wider audience is the Harlem Globetrotters.  Founded in 1927 the Globetrotters are an exhibition team performing trick shots and clever sequences, theatre and comedy, to audiences the world over.

And the man who has inspired the most people from the game is undoubtedly Michael Jordan.  He led the US teams to Olympic Gold victory in 1984 and 1992, his record score of 5,987 remains unbroken in the NBA and his spirited comebacks in the NBA league have made him a sporting legend.


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