Competitions of Basketball

National Championship

The National Championships is the oldest Basketball tournaments in India. It is an annual professional basketball tournament in India. This tournament is held by the Basketball Federation of India. Every Basketball Player in India desires to win this prestigious trophy. The National Championships in India happens for different categories based on age- Junior Men and Women; Sub-Junior Men and Women; Senior Men and Women. It is a league cum knock-out format tournament.

Federation Cup

The Federation Cup is one of the prestigious Basketball tournaments in India. The Annual tournament follows a League cum Knockout format between 9 teams every year. The top eight teams in the men’s and women’s section from the senior Nationals alongside the Host State compete against each other to win the tournament. Furthermore, winners of the men’s championship represent India in the Asian Champions Cup.


The ISBL and the ISCL are two new leagues to promote basketball at the grassroots levels in various schools and colleges in India. It is a self-sustaining structured system which serves the platform to increase organized basketball participation at grassroots level. Subsequently, this serves as the talent development system for the Indian National Teams. These leagues last for up to a period of around 6-8 weeks. Each team plays only one match every week since it is a league and not a tournament. Also, the School Leagues have certain regulations which help each and every player to get a good amount of playing time to showcase their talent. Firstly, it begins with the State Championship. Whose winners then participate in the Indian School & College Basketball Leagues – National Championship.

Invitational Tournaments

Different Federations, Governmental institutions or Educational Institutions are hosting various Invitational Tournaments. These Invitational tournaments are usually pan-India competitions ranging across all age groups in both Boys and Girls.  All India Open Basketball tournament, YMCA Knights National Invitational Tournament, Master Prithvinath Memorial, Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty all India Basketball Tournament, Don Bosco Invitational Tournament, Ramu Memorial and JCI All India Basketball Tournament are a few major ones. Additionally, many tournaments in all parts of India have been organized every year.