NIRSA Basketball
NIRSA Club Basketball

NIRSA Club Basketball

League play for everyone, part of the NIRSA Championship Series

Club teams will have the opportunity to participant in the NIRSA club basketball conference that is dedicated to providing a premier championship experience.

In addition to the opportunities for club teams, campus recreation professionals and institutions will have the chance to gain relevant career experience and NIRSA hosting experience through the facilitation of play at NIRSA Club Basketball Conference club events.

Team registration and scheduling for the league will take place at NIRSA IMLeagues.

NIRSA Club Basketball IMLeagues

2020 Club Basketball Division Winners

Men’s Divisions

Southwest Division

Texas A&M University

South-East Division

University of Louisiana

Southeast Division

Maryland Eastern Shore

Midwest Division

University of Wisconsin– Madison

West Division

Cal Poly Pomona

Women’s Divisions

South Division

Texas A&M University

Midwest Division

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

SeriesTalk: Club Basketball

Recorded June 2019 as part of NIRSA’s SeriesTalk. Club basketball continues to expand in the NIRSA Championship Series. This video reviews the history of the league, current layout, hosting opportunities, and future plans.

Watch this SeriesTalk

Club Basketball Virtual Roundtable

Recorded on Friday, June 26, 2020 as part of NIRSA’s Ideas in Motion series of virtual roundtables. Facilitated by Joshua Dietrich and Matt Dunigan.

Watch the roundtable
Club Basketball Promotional Flyer

Men’s Divisions

Northeast Division

School Names Go Here

Northeastern University

The College of New Jersey

Capital Community College

Northwest Division

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South Division

Texas A&M University – Commerce

University of Louisiana 

Louisiana State University 

St. Edward’s University 

Texas A&M University

Tulane University 

Stephen F. Austin State

Southeast Division

Community Christian

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Radford University

James Madison University 

Midwest Division

DePaul University

Michigan State University

University of Wisconsin 1 & 2

Mountain West Division

Colorado School of Mines

West Division

University of California, Irvine
Cal State, Monterey Bay

The Claremont Colleges 

Cal Poly SLO


California Miramar

Cal Poly Pomona

University of Southern California 

Women’s Divisions

Northeast Division

School Names Go Here

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Northwest Division

Seattle University

South Division

University of North Texas

Texas A&M

Stephan F. Austin State

Texas State University

Southeast Division

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Midwest Division

Kent State University
Illinois State University

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Butler University 

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

DePaul University 

West Division

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Registration and Conference Information


  1. Registration opens July 29 and remains open until October 14
  2. Clubs can register and show interest without financial commitment
  3. There must be at least four teams for a division to form, once formed clubs will be contacted
  4. Clubs in formed Divisions have until November 1 to arrange payment options (see Conference Fees)
  5. All registration takes place at


  • Travel limited to 4-6 hours at most for conference play
  • All officiating and athletic training fees covered during conference play
  • Paid entry into one NIRSA Regional Tournament of the club’s choice
  • Paid entry into National Basketball Tournament for Conference Division winners
  • Two opportunities to win your way to Nationals!
  • Dedicated NIRSA professionals with relevant club management experience
  • Hotel discounts
  • Guaranteed Conference play games
  • Minimal administrative duties for club captains
  • No additional hidden fees to play

Division Play

  • Clubs are committing to three weekends of play for the Club Basketball Conference: two club basketball events and one NIRSA regional tournament
  • All play starts in the Spring and must be completed before March 23 so Divisional winners can be determined for Nationals
  • If club teams miss a weekend of play, the club basketball committee will attempt to reschedule but a makeup weekend of play is not guaranteed
  • Division standings will determine Divisional Champion at the conclusion of club event play
  • Divisional winners receive paid entry into the NIRSA National Basketball Tournament


Conference Fees

The NIRSA Club Basketball Conference dues are $975 per club per season, which can be broken into three easy payments of $325, due November 1, February 1 and March 1. With the dues clubs get:

  • 6-12 season games of Divisional club competition
  • All officiating fees covered
  • All athletic training fees covered
  • One NIRSA Regional Tournament entry of the club’s choice
  • Divisional Conference winners get paid entry into the NIRSA National Basketball Championships

Where do your dues go? NIRSA wants to be as transparent as possible with the students and professionals that decide to participate in NIRSA Series events. The following is a cost estimate breakdown on the Club Basketball Conference per club:

  • $325 for entry into NIRSA Regional Tournament
  • $400 for entry into NIRSA Club Basketball Conference events
    1. Covers three person officiating costs
    2. Covers licensed Athletic Trainer costs for entire event
    3. Covers costs of staffing for event staff
  • $100 for Division Champion entry into National Tournament
  • $150 for liability insurance to provide coverage for schools that host Club Basketball Conference Events


Eligibility standards will remain consistent with current NIRSA Championship Series eligibility guidelines. All standards must be met and maintained for students to participate throughout the season. Teams are required to submit a player verification form prior to each weekend round robin throughout the basketball season.

Sportsmanship Statement

The NIRSA Championship Series believes good sportsmanship is an integral component of intercollegiate competition. Please read the complete Sportsmanship Statement


Student officials are a critical component of the NIRSA Championship Series tournaments. The integrity of the current student development format will continue to be upheld with the NIRSA Club Basketball Conference. Student officials will be used for regular season play. All games will be played using the three person officiating system to ensure the same level of quality that is expected at NIRSA Regional and National tournaments.

League Contact Information

NIRSA Club Basketball Work Team

Chair: Joshua Dietrich, Kent State University
Vice Chair: Matt Dunigan, University of California – Riverside


Why Club Basketball Matters

College students are at the heart of our club basketball league

We strongly believe in providing students with the best opportunity for competition, professional development, and fair play. The growth of basketball clubs on college and university campuses across North America has increased dramatically over the last several years.

In 2019, 47 of the 78 teams who competed in the NIRSA National Basketball Championships were club teams. NIRSA basketball events have become a vital part of our profession’s opportunity to inspire and educate not only the students playing on club teams, but also the officials who regulate and the staff members who coordinate those events.

Because sport clubs are student organized, participants gain significant experiential learning by developing a constitution, governing themselves, and engaging NIRSA and participating league school’s departments for guidance in decision making and risk management.

The increase in presence of club basketball teams across North America affords us a unique opportunity to expand on the current NIRSA Championship Series basketball structure.

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Need more information?

If you have any questions regarding the league or how to get involved, contact NIRSA Championship Series Club Basketball Work Team Chair, Joshua Dietrich, Competitive Sports Coordinator at Kent State University, Club Basketball Work Team Vice Chair, Matt Dunigan, Competitive Sports Coordinator at University of California- Riverside or NIRSA National Sport Programs Coordinator, Nicole Jackson