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About Us

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. 


OUR TOURNAMENTS

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:

PRE-APPROVED
PLAYERS

  • Eligibility Committee pre-approves all team rosters
     
  • Ensures players are in the proper grade and teams seeded fairly

FRESH MATCH-UPS,
COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS

  • Teams representing all corners of the state
     
  • Divisions for Club & School teams, with Gold & Silver brackets to promote balanced face-offs when size allows

TEAM BONDING
EXPERIENCE

  • Rare overnight travel opportunity for youth athletes
     
  • Season-ending excitement for teams and families - and a chance to bring home a State title! 

OUR TEAM

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.



EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Executive Board manages all aspects of State Tournament planning, such as coordinating venues, hotels, referees, and schedules.



STATE REPRESENTATIVES

State Reps attend many of our Qualifier Tournaments to award top teams with their Gold Ticket invitation to State.