James Naismith, creator of basketball, used a soccer ball as the first basketball. The game of soccer was originally played with an inflated animal bladder that was surrounded with leather (Leibs 67). Just as in every sport, as time evolves, so do the materials being played with. The materials begin becoming more durable, controllable, and affordable. During the Renaissance period, many sports were evolved and took a turn for the better. Although many sports were introduced during the Renaissance period; football, lawn bowling, and tennis were the three main sports that influenced today’s time period the most.
The Renaissance period was a time of change and rebirth. During this period, the rise of the Middle Class occurred. With the Middle Class being more involved, sports became popular as times of gathering. This brought many people together, with also the greatness of more free time. However, sports during this time were very dangerous. There were not set rules like there are today. A main reason for this is some safety equipment was not accessible during these times of change. Sports during the time were just not well organized, and there were no referees to keep control of the game. There were often certain days where sports brought the society together. The three main days were Plow Monday, Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday Before Lent), and May Day (Leibs 73). On these days most of society gathered in open spaces or lawns where everyone could easily fit. Sports were a way where many people in society spent their free time. The first sport that influenced today’s time period is Football.
Football, which is commonly known today as Soccer, began in Europe during the Middle Ages (Leibs 67). “By the early 1600s, the game developed a high degree of sophistication” (Leibs 68). As stated before, the game was originally played with an inflated animal bladder. As time evolved, the ball was eventually made out of a leather material. With this leather material, the ball became more durable and controllable. The rules back in the Renaissance were way different than the rules today. During the Renaissance, the game was commonly played between two streets, 27 men played on each side, and there were no strict rules or penalties. These rules impacted today’s in many different ways. Today, a field is 100 yards long and 60 yards wide. There are only 11 players on each team, and there are many strict rules. If it were not for the Renaissance period, Soccer would have never evolved into the great sport that many people love today. Many people enjoyed this sport during the Renaissance, which led to the popularity of the sport today. “Soccer is probably the most popular sport in the world, though it is most popular in European, African, and Latin American nations” (“Soccer”). Just like soccer, another sport that greatly influenced the modern day was Lawn Bowling.
Lawn Bowling, also known as Bowls, influenced today’s modern sport called Bocce Ball. Bowls...