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This article is about the International Basketball League formed in 2004. See International Basketball League (1999-2001) for information on the original unrelated International Basketball League.
International Basketball League
International Basketball League logo
Sport Basketball
Founded 2004
Inaugural season 2005
No. of teams 17
Country(ies)  United States
 People's Republic of China
Most recent champion(s) Los Angeles Lightning
Most championships Elkhart Express (2)
Official website

The International Basketball League is a professional men's spring basketball league featuring teams from the West Coast, Rocky Mountains, Western Canada, and the Midwest. They also feature teams from the People's Republic of China and Japan which will temporarily relocate to the USA for the IBL season. The IBL season runs from the end of March through June with playoffs in July.



Founded by Portland area sports promoter Mikal Duilio, the league features rules designed to create a fast-paced, high-scoring brand of basketball. Duilio first began planning for the league with a series of test games in Portland and Seattle in November 2003. These games featured a mixture of traditional college and NBA rules, plus three rules created specifically for the league:

  • 1. The "Immediate Inbound" Rule: After a made basket, the referee will throw the ball to a nearby player, instead of a player throwing in the ball from under the basket, to eliminate wasted time.
  • 2. Instead of six timeouts as in an NBA game, teams are limited to only a single timeout per quarter.
  • 3. A 20-second shot clock is used instead of the NBA's 24. A defensive non-shooting foul or kicked ball resets it to 12.

The test games proved popular and resulted in the founding of the IBL in August of 2004. Founded with 8 teams, the league expanded to 17 by the start of the season in April 2005. Each team played approximately 20 regular season games, most of them centered around their home region, with the teams with the two best records playing in a championship game at the end of the season. The Battle Creek Knights won the inaugural title by going undefeated in the regular season and beating the Dayton Jets in the finals.

In the league's first year, the up-tempo rules resulted in the average team scoring 126.9 points per game, nearly 30 points more than the NBA team average in 2004-05, and slightly higher than the NBA record for points per game by a team in a single season, set by the Denver Nuggets in 1981-82.



2010 Teams

Continental Division

Team City Arena Founded
Albany Legends Albany, New York The Armory 2010
Battle Creek Knights Battle Creek, Michigan Kellogg Arena 2009
Edmonton Energy Edmonton, Alberta Universiade Pavilion 2007
Holland Blast Holland, Michigan Holland Civic Center 2005
Kankakee County Soldiers Kankakee, Illinois Kankakee Community Center 2007[1]
Los Angeles Lightning Thousand Oaks, California Gilbert Sports Arena 2008
Tacoma Tide Tacoma, Washington Stadium High School 2009
USA All-Stars Portland, Oregon Warner Pacific College, Salvation Army Corps Community Center 2008

International Division

Team City Arena Founded
BC Titans Langley, British Columbia Langley Event Centre 2009
Bellingham Slam Bellingham, Washington Whatcom Pavilion 2005[2]
Central Oregon Hotshots Bend, Oregon Mountain View High School 2005
Oregon Waves Beaverton, Oregon Beaverton Hoop YMCA 2009
Shanxi Zhongyu Taiyuan, Shanxi, China / Springfield, Oregon, USA Salvation Army Corps Community Center 2004
Vancouver Volcanoes Vancouver, Washington O'Connell Sports Center 2005
Yamhill Highflyers McMinnville, Oregon Patton Gym 2009

Branding Teams

Team City Arena Founded
Arizona Red Rock Raptors Phoenix, Arizona TBD 2009
Nevada Pride Henderson, Nevada Henderson International School 2009
Nippon Tornadoes Matsuyama City, Japan/Blue River, Oregon N/A 2009
Yakima Yakima, Washington TBD 2010

Joined other leagues

Complete team list

IBL Champions

Year Champion Score Runner-Up
2005 Battle Creek Knights 124-121 Dayton Jets
2006 Elkhart Express 119-108 (OT) Columbus Cyclones
2007 Elkhart Express 113-109 Portland Chinooks
2008 Bellingham Slam 118-111 Elkhart Express

Championships by Team

Team Championships Years
Elkhart Express 2 2006, 2007
Battle Creek Knights 1 2005
Bellingham Slam 1 2008
Los Angeles Lightning 1 2009

Notable people


  • Mikal Duilio - Commissioner from 2004-Present



Final Regular Season Standings

See article IBL Regular Season Standings

Minor notes

  1. ^ The Kankakee County Soldiers were previously the Windy City Soldiers in 2008 and the Chicago Heights Soldiers in 2007. The team was relocated from Chicago Heights, Illinois to their current location after the 2007 season.
  2. ^ The Bellingham Slam played their first two seasons in the American Basketball Association and moved to IBL in 2007.
  3. ^ 27 Dec 2007. "Vander Velden takes the helm in Battle Creek." IBLHoopsOnline. 24 Oct. 2006. International Basketball League. <>.

See also

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