2018 Season Dates, Format & Fees


Deadlines for 2018 NBL Season

Teams must indicate their intention to play by 10/1/2017.

Full payment of League Fee will be required by 10/15/2017 for teams to participate in the league

Player rosters must be entered into TeamSnap by 11/15/2017 (player's first & last name, jersey number, and email contact for player or family)


Season Format

Season Length:  Our 2018 season begins on Monday, January 8, 2018 and runs through Thursday, March 22, 2018. The season will be accelerated to complete playoffs before March 23rd when many schools leave on spring break.

Game Play:  Our season allows for 9-10 weeks of game play (approximately one game per week), depending on how playoffs are handled.  Each Division (grade level) is assigned a set of game slots per week, and they are scheduled in a round robin fashion throughout the 9-10 weeks of play.  Some divisions have a BYE week.

Playoffs: Each division is typically allotted 2 weeks for playoffs, depending on the playoff format.  In 2018, playoffs will finish up early to be completed prior to the Easter holiday weekend.  Playoffs are usually single-elimination. Brackets will be posted at the end of the season, prior to playoff games, on the NBL website.

Schedules: Exact schedules are posted in December and are available on the SCHEDULES tab of the NBL website as well as on your teams' TeamSnap page.

Standings: Each week during the season, coaches submit game scores to their Division Scheduler so team standings can be updated on the NBL website.


League & Referee Fees

League Fees are $425 per team and cover facility rental and insurance costs for up to 15 players.  If your team is accepted, you will receive an online registration link via email from the league.  Payment must be submitted by the payment deadline of October 15 to secure your spot.

Referee Fees are $20 from each team given to the officials prior to the start of each regular season game and each playoff game. It is anticipated that each game will be officiated by one IHSA ref and one referee-in-training.

**Girls 4th grade teams each pay $10 per game for one game official.

**Boys 8th grade teams each pay $30 per game for two IHSA refs. 

Teams and officials (and not the NBL) are responsible for all aspects of the financial transaction.