30th September 2017.When you think about basketball, what type of athlete most readily comes to mind? For most people, the answer will be a very tall man. It's hard not to think that way, either ? after all, many of the most prominent basketball stars around the world are men, especially considering that the American NBA produces much of the world-class talent. The sport was even conceived as part of a male fitness programme to encourage indoor exercise during the cold summer months. Yet none of this means that it is solely a sport for men, and there are huge numbers of women around the world who find the game just as thrilling. So, what is the women's basketball scene like today? If you're a lady who has an interest in taking the ball down the court, how do you get started? From the training, you'll want to engage with the role models in the sport. There?s no shortage of interesting information available about women's basketball. Ready to learn how you can immerse yourself in the game? First, consider how the game crossed the gender barrier and grew in popularity enough to support the formation of leagues like the WNBA and others.
A brief history of women's basketball
Though a man named Dr. James Naismith originally created the game, it did not take long for the sport to gain the interest and attention of women. Just one year later, a woman named Senda Berenson who taught physical education to other young women learned of the sport. Seeing that it had a clear fitness value and was easy to teach, with very few requirements regarding equipment, she chose to adapt the sport for her pupils. Some rules adjustments were made, such as a rule that stated one could only hold the ball for three seconds. No more than