Welcome to the State Basketball Championship!
On the weekend of March 16-18, 2018, the top teams in the state will meet in Rockford to battle it out for the inaugural Illinois Middle School Basketball Championship. After a long regular season playing against other teams in your area, the State Basketball Championship offers teams the shot to compete against fresh faces from all corners of the state. This is not your ordinary league tournament, but rather the chance of a lifetime for all kids... "Remember the time we went to State!?!"
Two Championship divisions - School and Club. Both divisions offer exciting competition for Boys and Girls grades 4-8.
All teams play a minimum of 4 games. Some will play 5 games.
Play begins as early as 5pm Friday and the latest Sunday games will tip off at 3:30pm.
Entry fees are $350 per team. Early sign up and multiple team discounts are available.
Awards for teams and for 1st and 2nd places in both divisions
Game results immediately posted to the website after completion
There's more! Here's what you'll get when we See You at STATE!
Players and coaches will play middle school aged teams that they've never faced before. We'll have teams traveling from all over Illinois: from shores of Lake Michigan to the Chicago suburbs, to the prairie land of Quincy, Bloomington , Springfield and Champaign, and downstate to Alton and Belleville. And, of course, there'll be hometown teams representing Rockford and their Northern Illinois neighbors!
Partner hotels and resorts offering discounted rates.
Competition will be held at clean, multi-court facilities. Friday evening and Saturday will feature exciting pool play with Sunday bringing the magic of the semi-finals and Championship games.
Certified referees from the local high school association.
Pre-determined scoreboard operators and scorebook keepers. No need for State coaches to pull visiting parent volunteers from the stands. So parents can sit back and relax (if watching your child compete in the Championship is relaxing?!)
All of the above while enjoying the Rockford - one the top tourist destinations in Illinois! "Play Hooky Monday" - stay Sunday night and enjoy a family day on Monday.
What They're Saying...
Feedback from recent State tourneys
Just a quick note to say thanks for a great tournament experience! Our team loved playing at the convention center….great energy and fun “extra” things to do like the 3-point shooting contest. Everything was so organized and well run. We were next to a team that had a game end early due to a double T. Sad for that team BUT good to know that the standards of behavior and language were held high to ensure the integrity of the tournament. All the staff helping at the doors, scoring, etc were very friendly and polite. In our last game, we had to show our scorebook to correct an error but it was quickly corrected and on we went. We had hoped to win it all but, oh well…..next year! We plan to be back.
Skyline 7 Green Team Manager
Just want to let you know that on behalf of the Avalanche Black players and parents we had a great time this weekend at the tournament. We will definitely be back next year. If you happen to have those dates I'd love to get our room block taken care of. Again thank you for putting on a first class tournament as it was one of the best times we've ever had.
Thanks for hosting as great tournament. Playing at the convention center was AWESOME!!! Back to Back Champions for us!!!
Do you have dates for 2017. Hotel was asking for reservations already…lol