Since basketball is one of Remmi’s favorite sports, and her older brother, Levi, and oldest sister, Nicolette (Nic), are both basketball players –Levi used to play with the Harlem Globetrotters; Nic plays on the Kansas University (KU) Women’s Basketball team–it is only right to start with basketball as our first Flavor of Fitness!

Basketball was invented by James Naismith, a Canadian P.E. teacher, in 1891. The first formal rules (1892) of basketball were to have players dribble a soccer ball up and down an unspecified- dimensioned court. In 1893, the hoops and hammock- styled baskets were introduced.

How to Play:
The game starts with a jump ball/ tip off in the center of the court between 2 opponents, while the other 8 players stand behind them. The jumpers’ goal is to try to tip the ball to one of their teammates to gain first possession.

Goal:
To score more points than the other team!

Basketball Rules:
1. 10 players on the court, with two teams playing against each other- 5 players from each team–2 forwards, 2 guards, and 1 center–this changes depending on the offense played.
2. Offense: Get the ball into scoring position and score a field goal.
3. Defense: Try to take the ball away from a designated person, or a person in a zone area, and force them to turn over the ball.
4. Scoring: Field Goals- 2 or 3 points (3 points are made from the 3 point line); Free Throws- 1 point.
Basketball is a great and fun game to play with your friends and family. However, if you don’t have 9 other people to play with, that’s ok. There’s always shooting hoops- you can do this yourself or with (a) family member(s) or friend(s). Just shoot the basketball into the hoop and see who gets more points!

Every time a person shoots a basket and scores, they get a letter.

For example, if Mary shoots a basket and the ball goes in, she gets a “D”. Then, when Mark shoots the basket and he gets it in too, he also earns a “D”. Then when Mary or Mark shoots another goal, they move on to the next letter- “O”. They do this until the first one spells “DONKEY”. Whoever gets there first, wins!

You can use any word you like too! Make it fun!

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