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Women’s Basketball Overview

As a sport, basketball was created in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, an instructor at what is now Springfield College, in Springfield, MA.  Dr. Naismith was looking for a way to keep his students active on rainy, cold and snowing days.  The game he invented, evolved in what we know today as basketball 

In Minneapolis, women’s basketball began in the early 1900’s.  However, after the 1908-1909 school year, the Minneapolis school board believed the physical activity of interscholastic sports was inappropriate for girls and contests between schools ceased.  Young women could still participate in athletic activities in the school.  Each school created a Girls Athletic Association (GAA).  The GAA allowed the ladies to participate in various sports in what is today called intermural.  They could only compete within the school. The GAA ceased to exist with the passage of Title IX.

Beginning in the 1973-1974 school year, Girls’ Basketball became one of the first sports the Minnesota State High School League introduced for high school women. This was the year Minneapolis schools took to the court and began interscholastic play.


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