In 2012, Bill Reinking founded the National Middle School Basketball Association (NMSBA) with the mission of producing state-wide competition for the best youth basketball teams in Oregon. The resulting State Basketball Championships have since taken root as annual, season-ending events in eight states across the USA. And while our tournaments continue to expand across the nation, our mission to assemble the best youth teams remains the same wherever we go. To achieve this, we partner with independent tournaments and leagues to create a network of Qualifier Events through which top teams earn their bid to State. Our unique qualifier model serves to promote 500 community-based sports organizations nationwide, while funneling the fiercest and most geographically diverse competition into each State tournament.
The State Basketball Championships have grown into the largest qualifier-based tournaments in their respective states with 500+ teams in some events. Our events are unique and offer:
The NMSBA established an Executive Board plus individual State Representatives to produce the many elements of each State Tournament. Together, we constitute a proud team that shares a passion for youth basketball, with decades of collective experience as coaches, players, and managers of tournaments and leagues.
The Executive Board manages all aspects of State Tournament planning, such as coordinating venues, hotels, referees, and schedules.
State Reps attend many of our Qualifier Tournaments to award top teams with their Gold Ticket invitation to State.