Frank Mahan, one of the players from the original first game, approached Naismith after the Christmas break, in early 1892, asking him what he intended to call his new game.
Naismith replied that he hadn't thought of it because he had been focused on just getting the game started.
At the time, football was being played with 10 to a team (which was increased to 11).
When winter weather got too icy to play football, teams were taken indoors, and it was convenient to have them split in half and play basketball with five on each side. Basketball's early adherents were dispatched to YMCAs throughout the United States, and it quickly spread through the USA and Canada.
It is a violation to lift, or drag, one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling.
The game has many individual techniques for displaying skill—ball-handling, shooting, passing, dribbling, dunking, shot-blocking, and rebounding.
Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the "bounce pass" to teammates.
Basketball is one of the world's most popular and widely viewed sports.
Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague and FIBA Americas League.
The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) is mandated when the score is tied at the end of regulation.
The ball can be advanced on the court by passing it to a teammate, or by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling).
Passing the ball was the primary means of ball movement.