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Your great-grandmother's basketball team

Meet the 1916 Bluffton High School girls' basketball team

Here’s the Bluffton High School girls’ basketball team of 1916.

Front from left, Esta Lugibill (senior), Geneva Steiner (junior), Rose Block (junior), Francis McKinney (coach), Estelle Lugibill (senior), Harriet Schied (junior).

On the top, from left, Linda Wittkofski (senior), and Bonnie Steiner (senior).

Some of the rules in 1916

In 1916, no coaching was allowed from the sidelines during game. Coaching was allowed only at halftime. The game had no timeouts and no substitutions.

Single dribble by players required that the ball must bounce knee high. If the court was small, the court could be divided in half and the center on five-player team (center had special markings) could play the entire court but not shoot for a basket. Two-handed shots counted as one point, instead of two.

Events of 1916

Kellogg’s All-Bran cereal was introduced. Boy Scouts of American were chartered. At the movies “The Floorwalker, Charlie Chaplin’s first Mutual Film was released. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Brooklyn Robins (a.k.a. Dodgers) 4-1.

Woodrow Wilson was president.

Although the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote, occurred in 1920, in 1916 Jeannette Rankin from Montana, was the first woman elected to serve in the U.S. Congress.


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