Northside Basketball League

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Welcome to the Northside Basketball League (NBL) website! We will be starting our 13th season of providing basketball game play for Chicago girls & boys ranging from 4th through 8th grade. We will enjoy 10 levels of play this year 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 will run from January 8th through March 23, 2018. There are optional pre-season clinics and tournaments, based on availability by grade level, and community service opportunities that may begin as early as November 2017.

Registration Closed Except Girls 6th & Girls 7th

November 4, 2017

There is still room for Girls 6th and Girls 7th grade teams. G6 and G7 teams are encouraged to join.  All other divisions for the 2018 season are full.

Registration is open for all divisions!

October 9, 2017

Registration for the 2018 season is open for all divisions! Register and pay before 10/15/2017.

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.