Basketball, volleyball and racquetball are all Y inventions. The Auburn Y’s History Committee unearthed these stories about the creation of these sports. Basketball was invented at the YMCA in Springfield, Mass. in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a clergyman, educator and physician. Naismith went on to found the University of Kansas basketball program. The original rules of basketball, written by Naismith currently reside at the Booth Family Hall of Athletics inside Allen Field House in Lawrence, KS.