12. Naismith Basketball

12. Naismith Basketball - rr' :u ,; I' i C HAPTER V III I'...

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rrr' !:u I, ; I' i THE GAME CROSSES THE PACIFIC An Early Basketball Game in Japan CHAPTER VIII THE FOREIGN SPREAD ASKETBALL was accepted in many foreign countries soon 'after the game was first played the United States. ,It was early introduced into European countries, although they did not the game so extensively as some of the far east- ern nations. Even today the sport is not so popular England as it is in China and Japan. The .M.C.A., which had beeri instrumental in spread- ing the game in the United States, was also largely reSpO]tlSIOle for the foreign spread through its for- -:."',,,,. ..'" branches. There is little doubt that the war of 1914 did to increase the popularity of basketball in countries; as a direct result of seeing the : Americans play the game, it has been taken up accepted by nations that previously knew little of I have seen the game played in foreign countries, I have received numerous pictures of contests and courts from Australia to Alaska. In spite of 143
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144 BASKETBALL the fact that I have also written many letters trying to determine just when basketball was introduced, into other countries, I have been unable to tntLIlt:f, complete and accurate data. To attempt to state chronologically when the game was first accepted, by different nations might, therefore, cause con" fusion. In a few instances, however, the introduc- tion of the game is clearly set, and in some the indi~ vidual who first introduced the game is known. One instance in particular is that of my native country, Canada. Canada If Canada may be considered as a foreign coun- 'try, it indeed may claim to be the first country out- side of the United States to play basketball. Of the ten men on the first team, there were five Canadians. McDonald was from Nova Scotia, Archibald and Thompson were from New Bruns- wick, Patton and I from Ontario. All of these men, with the exception of myself, returned to and took basketball with them. The spread of basketball in Canada was not so' rapid as it was in this country. In the first place, the Dominion was not so thickly popUlated as this country; in the second place, Canada was so' well adapted for outdoor winter sports that it not feel the need for a new winter game.' It has THE FOREIGN SPREAD 145 only in the past few years that basketball has a firm hold in the Dominion, and today the is widely played in all of the provinces. The Dominion is divided into basketball districts, and the winning team from each district competes " . a national tournament, the winners of which are declared national champions. In the larger Cana- cities, the churches have done much to popu- larize the game; and the high schools have taken : up to such an extent that there is a representative the rules committee from that country. Several years ago I was invited to make a trip Edmonton, Alberta, to see the Commercial one of the outstanding girls' teams, play. ',Mr. and Mrs. Percival Page were in charge of the team made up of graduates of the Commercial : High School in Edmonton. The girls' playing was a J.'evelation to me; they handled the ball as the
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