1896 in basketball

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The following are the basketball events of the year 1896 throughout the world.


  • September – The YMCA cedes rule-making authority and control of amateur basketball to the U.S. Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
  • Rule IV(1) of the "Official Basket Ball Rules" for the 1896–1897 season is changed to establish that a team consists of only five players.[1] Games previously had featured up to nine players per side, depending on the size of the playing area.