4 Crazy Alternative Basketball Leagues
Author Ryan Tate
Posted August 1, 2012 in category

It’s amazing the stuff you’ll stumble onto browsing YouTube.  Just for fun, I thought I’d aggregate a few of the “alternative” basketball leagues I found surfing the tubes.  Have fun and let me know if you have any I should add to the list.  I also wanted to point out that a Pro Dunk adjustable basketball hoop would be perfect if you decided to enter the 5’9″@9′ league or the Mini Basketball League!

National Baseketball League

This league is based on the movie, Baseketball which was released in 1998.  Play is a mix of basketball and baseball. You have nine innings with a halftime and two teams of 3 players each.  The official rules can be found on the league website.  It looks like the last time this league was in operation was in 2004 when Matt Minder and Brett Hagen created a 6-team league in Stratford and Laurel Springs New Jersey.  They even made a basketball out of an old bean bag chair!

5’9″ @ 9′

This league was created in 2010 for men under 5 feet 10 inches tall.  The rim is set 1 foot below regulation at 9 feet.  All skill levels are welcome including collegiate and ex-pros.  The pilot league premiered in 2011 in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.  This is an active league with the goal of allowing similar sized players to compete at a high level.  It looks incredibly entertaining to me and is a new brand of basketball that just might make it.  Current teams reside in…

  • Raleigh/Durham, NC League
  • Greensboro, NC League
  • Charlotte, NC League
  • Fayetteville, NC League
  • Richmond, VA League
  • Hampton, VA League

 

Mini Basketball League

Mini Basketball looks to be catching on with new leagues sprouting up world-wide.  I originally found the MLB based in Shelburne Vermont which was founded in 2010 by Brian McClintock, Connor McCormick, and Rob Elderton.  Mini basketball is played at an 8.5 foot rim height and a smaller ball.  Dunks are prolific making for an exciting experience.  Some other leagues…

 

Lingerie Basketball League
The LBL had its inaugural season in 2011 and is currently gearing up for the 2012 season with draft day just passing.  Rules are standard for women’s basketball with a few exceptions which you can find on the official rule page.  From the videos, it looks like everybody has a blast with a fun mix of skill.  This league has been publicized extensively for its novelty but I assure you many of the woman are competitors and take it very seriously.  Look for this league to expand beyond LA soon!

 

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