Is Basketball A Winter Sport? Why Basketball Shines Bright in Winter

Unlike most sports that are played either inside or outside in a specific season, Basketball can be played both indoors and outdoors, all year round. You don’t need a ‘perfect’ weather to play this sport. We will discuss below the history of the famous game of basketball, the rules for the sport and its popularity in the winter season!


The father of the basketball, James Naismith is said to be the inventor of the basketball game. He wrote the original book for rules of basketball after moving to the US in the 1980s. Among the top sports played nationally in the US, Basketball became one of the top sports and till date is a popular sport in the country. It is played both professionally and at a collegiate level.

Due to the popularity of the sport, National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded which is now undoubtedly one of the most famous leagues, including renowned celebrities such LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Basketball games and players have a huge fan following around the globe. It is also featured as an Olympic sport with the first basketball game played in 1936 Summer Olympics. It is recorded as having a TV viewership of around 26 million with packed seats at its live games with the presence of famous celebrities and influencers.


Basketball is a fast-paced team sport played between teams of two, usually containing five players in each group. It is a competitive sport which is played in an indoor rectangular court or outside in a courtyard. Common movements associated with a game of basketball includes dribbling, shooting, defending and passing. The objective is to throw the ball through the defender’s hoop, while opposing the opponent’s team from scoring a goal. The team with the greater number of goals win the game. There are physical benefits of playing basketball such as endurance, improving balance & coordination and burning calories. Moreover, even it could be played as a 2 player sports, that is why, it promotes teamwork and communication.


Most of the NBA basketball games with the star players are played and popularly watched during the winter season.

Moreover, collegiate basketball is a typical winter sport that begins before fall and ends after winter. Amateur leagues start in November and end in April. Pinning it down to most of the basketball games being played throughout the winter season. However, when playing basketball in the winter season, especially if outdoors, the right apparel should be worn and should be make sure that there is no snow or ice where played. You can always enjoy a game of basketball in the winter sun with some family members and friends!


From NBA basketball games to the Olympic sports to casual games at an open courtyard/local gym, basketball is a famous sport that is played with different skill levels. Although it is technically not regarded as a winter sport, Basketball in Winter season is thoroughly enjoyed and played in different parts of the world – being a convenient sport that is played both indoors and outdoors.

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Written by Usama

Usama J. is a passionate writer about the sports and works as an in house sports journalist at Openiun, and covered many international sporting events including ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.