Northside Basketball League

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Welcome to the Northside Basketball League (NBL) website! We have just completed our 13th season of providing basketball game play for Chicago girls & boys ranging from 4th through 8th grade. We enjoyed 10 levels of play in 2018 with over 1300 kids! Our focus on fair, fun, competitive play - along with our emphasis on community service participation for all the children - is the "essence" of our mission at NBL.


Game play for our 2018 season ran from January 8th through March 23, 2018. There were optional pre-season clinics and tournaments, based on availability by grade level, and community service was performed by many teams.


Reservations for the 2019 season can now be made!  Open the "Join" tab to book a spot for your team.

2018 NBL Season Closed

March 22, 2018

The 2018 NBL season has come to a close. Thank you to all teams who participated and made it such a fun season. Congratulations to the champions of each division!   Please join us next season!  Booking for 2019 is now open.

League help wanted

December 14, 2017

We need help! So many goals, so few volunteers! NBL is an all-volunteer organization. We are looking for help coordinating a Positive Coaching Program, organizing community service opportunities, managing social media for the league, and keeping the NBL website up-to-date. If you – or anyone you know – could contribute in any way, please contact…

NBL Code of Conduct

NBL promotes fair, fun, safe, and competitive play. We insist on good sportsmanship and have a zero-tolerance policy for questioning ref calls.

We ask NBL participating teams (coaches, parents & kids) to set a positive tone at games to model for our children.

The NBL Code of Conduct:

- Be respectful to the referees, coaches and players

- Do not argue a referee's call

- Applaud good play for both teams

- Display sportsmanlike conduct at all times

- Read and adhere to the league's rules and blowout guidelines


Thank you for your help and support! You make NBL a great league!

Positive Coaching Alliance

The NBL is a proud supporter of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)!  The PCA's mission is as follows:

Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Learn more in this short video.

Please review their website for more information about this wonderful resource, supporting youth sports around the country.  (

Jim Thompson, PCA's founder spoke recently on "Youth Sports as a Development Zone".  Watch this short video - we promise you'll be hooked!

We expect all our NBL coaches to honor the game and embrace the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance in their coaching style!

Community Service

NBL supports our community.  Each team is asked to participate in a community service project of their choice each season. Service projects for players are identified, arranged, coordinated, and supervised independently by the team coaches and/or parents. Service can be anything from picking up trash in a park or public space, collecting and donating items to those in need, volunteering time at a soup kitchen or food pantry, or spending time visiting with senior citizens over the holidays. Participation is voluntary but encouraged.

NBL also supports our community through support of these organizations.  Where possible, volunteer opportunities are staffed by the children in our league.  At this time, NBL is looking for a volunteer to coordinate volunteer opportunities for our players. The time commitment is minimal.  Please reach out to Barb Monroe ( if you are at all interested in this important and fulfilling role.