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 Gold Basketball View

Spalding NBA Gold Basketball

Providing excellent game characteristics, proper bounce and secured grip, the Spalding NBA Gold basketball is manufactured from composite leather material ensuring great durability, and it’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor basketball courts. The ball includes a subtle, refined gold detailing, as well as the official NBA logotype, and it feels great in hands due to a soft-in-touch cover. Furthermore, it ensures plenty of time wonderfully spent with friends while shooting hoops, slamming dunks, and practicing accuracy with 3-pointers.

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.

Sure Shot 261 Institutional Basketball Ring and Net Set View

Sure Shot 261 Institutional Basketball Ring and Net Set

Practice game winning shots with the Sure Shot 261 institutional basketball ring and net set. Featuring a solid and reliable construction, the set is perfect for schools, colleges, and leisure centres. It offers an 18” (46cm) hard-wearing, powder coated steel ring and a 12 loop net. The set allows for developing shooting skills and can be used in the driveway or a playground. Plus, it ensures quick and easy installation with the included nuts and bolts and weighs only 5kg (11lbs). The set is compatible with 520, 533, 560, 660, 661, 662 and Slimline Gooseneck systems as well as 160 and 169 boards.

Baden All Star Mini Basketball View

Baden All Star Mini Basketball

The Baden All Star Mini basketball is made specifically for youngsters aged 12 and younger and has been produced from rubber for a good grip and solid durability. This high-quality size 4 ball is great as a training aid in schools and suitable for recreational use. It helps children develop coordination and balance, as well as to improve footwork, passing, dribbling and shooting skills.

Spalding LA Lakers NBA Miniboard View

Spalding LA Lakers NBA Miniboard

Have fun and cheer for the Los Angeles Lakers in the comfort of your home with the Spalding LA Lakers NBA miniboard. Featuring LA Lakers, NBA and Spalding logos, the miniboard is a perfect addition to your office or kids’ bedroom and can be great as a gift for a true basketball lover. It comes complete with a mini Spalding basketball (size 1) and ensures easy mounting thanks to adhesive pads at the back.

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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