Sports Competition for Adults Over 40: A Participants Guide to 27 Sports
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Basketball

There is no true national sponsoring organization for adult basketball in the United States, although several organizations have begun to jockey for a position in the sport by sponsoring tournaments. Jim Sweeney helped organize teams of U.S. players to compete in the FIMBA (the International Maxibasketball Association) International Basketball Championship. The tournament was held in Orlando, Florida on August 20-30, 2015, featuring 215 teams from 96 countries. The U.S. dominated the competition, winning five gold medals and several bronze medals. The 2016 FIMBA Pan American Championship will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica in April, 2016. For more information on FIMBA log on to www.fimba.net.

Presently, "Masters" basketball is a grassroots phenomenon with adult recreational leagues for many age groups operating across the country. To find these leagues in your area, contact your local Parks Department, Fitness Club, or search the Internet.

There are several organizations offering "national" adult basketball tournaments each year (each with their own websites) and these are listed below.

Masters Basketball Association
http://www.mastersbasketballassociation.org/

The first table below presents the schedule for several prominent "Masters" basketball tournaments in 2018. The second table presents a summary of two 2017 Masters Basketball Tournaments. The next two tables present the national champions and the number of competitors for these two tournaments in 2017. The results of the 2017 Buffalo Masters Championship were not available.




2009 - National Masters Basketball Championships
EventDateLocation
National Masters Invitational (http://mastersbasketballusa.com)January 23Jacksonville, Florida
North American Masters Basketball Championship (http://buffalomasters.com)March 13Buffalo, New York
National Senior Basketball Championship (http://mastersbasketballassociation.org)May 11Coral Gables, Florida


2008 Masters Basketball Championships
Event Competitors - Total Women Competitors Over 40 Men Competitors Over 60 Men Competitors Over 70 Women Competitors Over 60
2008 Masters Basketball National Championship 456 0 156 48 0
    Percent   100%   0%   34%   11%   0%
2008 Buffalo Masters Basketball Championship 504 0 168 48 0
    Percent   100%   0%   33%   10%   0%



2008 Masters Basketball National Championship Cleveland, OH May 10-16
EventGenderAge GroupChampionCompetitors
Masters BasketballMen40+LCI Lasers60
Masters BasketballMen45+Roto-Rooter72
Masters BasketballMen50+Golden Legends96
Masters BasketballMen55+Titan's62
Masters BasketballMen60+East Bank Saloon60
Masters BasketballMen65+Sambuca Jazz48
Masters BasketballMen70+Windy City 70's48
(*) The number of competitors is based on the assumption that there was an average of twelve players per team.

2008 Buffalo Masters Basketball Championship Buffalo, NY March 14-16
EventGenderAge GroupChampionCompetitors
Buffalo MastersMen40+LCI Lasers72
Buffalo MastersMen45+LCI Lasers48
Buffalo MastersMen50+ (C)Dellagnese Constuction96
Buffalo MastersMen50+ (R)Hamilton Masters 5072
Buffalo MastersMen55+Titan's 5548
Buffalo MastersMen60+ (C)Sag Harbor Whalers48
Buffalo MastersMen60+ (R)Eldredge Club36
Buffalo MastersMen65+Cleveland36
Buffalo MastersMen70+Can Am Storm48
(*) The number of competitors is based on the assumption that there was an average of twelve players per team (**) C = Competitive category; (R) = Recreational category

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