that I have also written
many letters trying
just when basketball was introduced,
into other countries, I have been unable to
and accurate data.
attempt to state
chronologically when the game was first accepted,
by different nations might, therefore, cause con"
In a few instances, however, the introduc-
tion of the game is clearly set,
in some the
vidual who first introduced the game is known. One
in particular is
my native country,
may be considered as a foreign coun-
the first country out-
side of the
on the first team,
there were five
McDonald was from
and Thompson were from
and I from Ontario.
All of these
men, with the exception of myself, returned to
and took basketball with them.
in Canada was not so'
in this country.
In the first place,
the Dominion was
not so thickly popUlated as this
in the second place,
Canada was so'
adapted for outdoor winter sports
not feel the need for a new winter game.'
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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.
cities, the churches have done much to popu-
larize the game;
and the high schools have taken
that there is a representative
the rules committee from
Several years ago I was invited to make a
to see the Commercial
one of the outstanding girls' teams, play.
and Mrs. Percival
Page were in charge of the
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