British Basketball logo
|Predecessor||British & Irish Basketball Federation|
|Type||National sports governing body|
|Legal status||Private Limited company without share capital (British Performance Basketball Ltd)|
|Purpose||Basketball in Great Britain and participation in international competitions|
|Region served||Great Britain|
|Membership||British basketball players|
|Main organ||BBF Board (Chairman - Bill McInnes)|
|Affiliations||International Basketball Federation (FIBA), FIBA Europe, British Olympic Association, UK Sport|
British Basketball is the national sports governing body for participation of basketball players from Great Britain for men and women in the Olympics. Northern Irish players are eligible to compete, if desired, for the British Olympic team.
Basketball was created by the Canadian teacher Dr James Naismith. In December 1891 he created the 13 rules that have governed basketball, whilst teaching at what is now Springfield College. Basketball was first played by men at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Women first played at the 1976 Olympics. In 1992 professional players were allowed.
The British & Irish Basketball Federation (BIBF) was formed in 1960 from funding from the Sports Council. Northern Ireland began to be represented by Basketball Ireland, and in 2004 Ireland left the BIBF.
In October 2004 the BIBF changed its name to Great Britain Basketball.
Basketball is the only sport in the Olympics where the host team does not have automatic qualification.
It coordinates international competition of national basketball teams in Great Britain.