It was invented at Springfield college (Y.M.C.A. training school) at the time.
The first rules were devised
Women's Basketball was introduced by Sendra Berenson
Sendra was a gymnastics instructor at Smith College, Massachusetts. No male spectators were allowed at the Women's Basketball games
Iron Hoops and Hammock style baskets were introduced
The first manufactured balls
The first balls were made by a bicycle manufacturing company. Until 1894, this game was played with a soccer ball.
Free throws were first inducted
A made field goal and a free throw counted as one point
The free throw line was established
The free throw line was 21'
wire mesh backboards were introduced
The wire mesh backboards prevented spectators from interfering with the game.
The free throw line was moved closer
It was moved to 15'
Rules were changed to count a made field goal as two points
Five players became the mandatory team size
Originally, there was no set number of players and teams played with up to 50 players. After experimenting, they started playing with 9 players on each team, the reason being that 18 people showed up for Naismith's Physical Ed class.
Rules were changed to allow the person to dribble the ball once
After dribbling the ball, the person had to pass the ball and could not shoot it.
wood replaced easily dented wire mesh
plate glass usage was approved
Player disqualification was increased from 2 to 4
It was again increased in 1945 to five fouls.
a two foot gap was between backboard and the wall
A two foot gap was made between the backboard, to prevent people from running up the walls for easy lay-ups, and the end line was required
Traveling was changed to a violation
Until 1922, traveling was considered a foul
Dribbling was outlawed
Dribbling was outlawed for a two week period but was reinstated
Balls were redesigned
They were redesigned for more bounce and with concealed laces which eliminated uneven bounces
The mid court line was established
This eliminated stalling
The team to advance past the midcourt line in less than 10 seconds
It was again reduced to 8 seconds in 2000
The key was established
This was established to prevent players from camping around the basket
A center jump followed each successful basket
This was changed to alternate possession in 1981
the gap was increased to the present 4 feet
The gap was made to allow for movement under the basket.
Molded basketballs replaced stitched balls
Molded basketballs maintained a constant shape and size
Coaching in the game was allowed
Until 1949, coaching wasn't allowed during the game or time outs; only during half time
The NBA instituted thee 24 second shot clock
The American Basketball league played with the three-point shot