Women’s basketball is one of the only sports where the women’s sport developed at the same time as the men’s counterpart of the sport. Women’s basketball spread from coast to coast via women’s colleges from 1895 to 1970 and was known as netball. It was primarily an American sport for decades.
It began in the winter of 1892 when Senda Berenson, a teacher at Smith College, taught the sport to her students hoping to improve their health. Early women’s basketball was affiliated with the YMCA’s but quickly spread to colleges throughout the United States.
When Berenson introduced the sport to women, she was worried about them suffering from nervous fatigue because the game might be too strenuous for them. In an effort to keep it less stressful for the women playing, she modified the rules. She divided the court into three sections and put nine players on each team. Three players were assigned to each section of the court and couldn’t cross into another playing section. No stealing or batting the ball from another player was allowed.
Modern Day Women’s Basketball
Women’s basketball has grown dramatically around the world for years. By the 1970’s it had garnered attention from the International Olympic Committee who added women’s basketball to the list of official sports in 1976. In the 1970’s schools began receiving federal funding to become compliant with new laws that mandated players not be discriminated against based on their gender. The sport was also gaining popularity as a college sport. A major development in women’s basketball came in 1982 when the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, started sponsoring the sport. In 1996, the National Basketball Association founded the Women’s National Basketball Association to bring the sport to a professional level.
Women’s Basketball Levels of Play
Women’s basketball has several levels of play. Of course, there are middle school and high school levels where players begin to develop their skills, but there are also much higher levels of play that a player can reach if their skills are good enough. The first step is university level basketball. Berenson’s freshmen team played the sophomore class in the first-ever women’s college basketball game in March 1893. By 1895, the game had spread across the country to multiple other colleges. The first intercollegiate women’s basketball game occurred in 1896 when the Stanford women played California.
The first five player, full court game rules were adopted in 1974 by the women’s sports foundation. Women’s college basketball is still a very popular sport throughout the U.S. and is sponsored by all major college athletic associations.
If you’re lucky enough to make it past college basketball play there are several professional leagues around the world. Countries that have professional women’s basketball leagues include the U.S., Japan, Europe, Australia, Asia, South America, and England.
Women’s Basketball Players Deserve Their Own Attire Too
Just like other team sports, women’s basketball has a set uniform that they wear when taking the court. They wear shorts, usually a sleeveless jersey shirt, athletic shoes, and athletic socks for the basics of the uniform. When it comes to getting ready for the court, or to cheer on your favorite women’s basketball player, MadSportsStuff has the perfect basketball socks for you.
With their large selection of sports sock designs, there is sure to be one to fit your needs. They even have Custom Player ID Socks. You can select your own custom jersey number and colors to match your team. Their women’s basketball socks are made using performance materials that are moisture wicking, offer ankle and arch compression to help reduce fatigue, offer blister control, are lightweight and breathable, and are infused with antimicrobials to control bacteria and odor.
They also have a huge selection of team crew socks at MadSportsStuff. Nothing builds team spirit like having your basketball socks match your uniform. These socks are perfect for women’s basketball, hockey, volleyball, soccer, and much more. Their variety of designs to choose from are sure to be a hit with your favorite basketball player and help liven up their game.
One of their favorite designs for women’s basketball socks is their Crazy Basketball Logo Crew Socks. These come in a variety of colors and feature a pattern of basketballs going up the back of the calf. Just like all of their other athletic socks, these colorful socks are made with love right here in the U.S.A. and are made to stand up to the harshest conditions both on and off the court so they’re perfect for fans and players alike.
WNBA Basketball Backed By The NBA
The WNBA was formed in 1996 as the women’s counterpart to the men’s NBA. The season runs from June to September and most of the women’s teams play in the same location as their NBA counterparts. The names of the teams are also very similar to the NBA teams in the same locations, such as the Washington Mystics and Washington Wizards.
Although the WNBA isn’t the first women’s professional basketball league in the U.S., it is the only league that has been backed by the NBA. The first women’s professional basketball league was the now-defunct WBL.
The first WNBA season began in 1997 on the tail of a very public gold medal win by the Women’s National Team in the 1996 Olympic games. The league started with eight teams and the first game featured the Los Angeles Sparks against the New York Liberty. It was televised nationally on the NBC network.
The league now consists of 12 teams that are divided into two conferences, the east, and west. Each of the teams plays 34 regular season games and the eight teams with the best regular season records go on to compete in the WNBA playoffs in September. The WNBA finals occur in early October. The 2018 WNBA season is the 22nd season of the league with the Minnesota Lynx being the defending champions.
Which Women’s Basketball Team Is Your Favorite?
Whether you are a middle school basketball player just starting out, a professional player for the WNBA, or a fan of any level of women’s basketball, MadSportsStuff has just the basketball socks you need. You can choose from one of their many crazy in-stock designs or create custom basketball socks for your team. The options are endless. So, what are you waiting for? Contact our friendly customer service today or place your order online with our simple, stress-free ordering system.