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Northside Basketball League

Northside Basketball League

Welcome to our 14th season of basketball game play for Chicago girls & boys ranging from 4th through 8th grade. We have 10 divisions of play in 2019 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 2019 season will run from January 7th through March 31, 2019. There may be optional clinics and tournaments, based on availability by grade level, and community service is requested of all teams.

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Updated January 2019

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.


We expect all of our NBL coaches to undergo Double-Goal coach training prior to the start of the 2019 season, to honor the game, and to embrace the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance in their coaching style.  A PCA workshop will be available to all NBL coaches at no cost. Online PCA resources will also be made available to parents so NBL parents can be Positive Sports Parents.

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.