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(Whereas in American football, the lace construction proved to be advantageous for gripping and remains to this day.) The first balls made specifically for basketball were brown, and it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball that is now in common use.
Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the "bounce pass" to teammates.
The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup features the top national women's basketball teams from continental championships.
The main North American league is the WNBA, whereas the Euro League Women has been dominated by teams from the Russian Women's Basketball Premier League.
In contrast with modern basketball nets, this peach basket retained its bottom, and balls had to be retrieved manually after each "basket" or point scored; this proved inefficient, however, so the bottom of the basket was removed, allowing the balls to be poked out with a long dowel each time.
Basketball was originally played with a soccer ball.
He sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters.
Each continent hosts regional competitions for national teams, like Euro Basket and FIBA Americas Championship.
In women's basketball the ball used is smaller than that used in men's basketball.
The circumference of the ball for women is 28 1/2 to 29 inches.
These round balls from "association football" were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball's cover had been flipped outside-in.
Eventually a lace-free ball construction method was invented, and this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith.