Dr. James Naismith is credited for inventing netball. The no-dribble game was a spinoff of basketball that he invented in 1891 at a YMCA in Springfield, Mass.
Naismith was asked to create a passing version of the game, as ladies were unable to dribble the ball due to fashion norms of the time. By 1895, netball had grown so much that it expanded overseas and was commonly referred to as "women's basketball." While the game has seen moderate growth in the United States, its use does not compare to countries like Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica, where it ranks as one of the most popular sports.