Independent Basketball Association
|No. of teams||16|
|Country|| United States
|Continent||FIBA Americas (Americas)|
|Most recent champion(s)||Grand Rapids Fusion (Spring)|
|Most titles||Kankakee County Soldiers (5)|
The Independent Basketball Association (IBA) is a semi-professional men's basketball league that began play in the fall of 2011. The six charter members were Battle Creek Knights, Chicago Redline, Gary Splash, Kankakee County Soldiers, Lake County Stars and Rockford Riverdawgs.
IBA play two separate seasons each calendar year: a spring season (March-June) and a winter season (September-January). Teams compete in one or both league competitions.
Commissioner of the IBA is Barry Bradford, president of the Kankakee County Soldiers.
The first league championship (2011-12) was won by the Kankakee County Soldiers, who also won the 2012 spring season championship.
In the spring of 2012 the league expanded beyond it's midwest footprint, adding a total of seven teams: Albany Legends, Kenosha Ballers, Lansing Capitals, Los Angeles Lightning, Malibu Pirates, Springfield Xpressand St. Louis Trotters.
The Holland Dream were added to the IBA for it's third season in 2012-13, bringing the league total to 14 teams.
IBA and PBL joined forces in 2013, but the merger was short-lived. Travel issues, questions of league rules and other issues were too much to overcome and the two parted ways before the end of the spring season.
In the winter season of 2014-15 five teams (Binghamton Pioneers, Gwinnett Majic, Jersey G-Force, Kansas City Kryptonite, and Toronto 3D) are scheduled to play a partial schedule in anticipation of full league membership in 2015.
* = IBA Branding Division (provisional league member)
|Team||City||Arena||First season in IBA||Last season in IBA|
|Battle Creek Flight||Battle Creek, Michigan||Kellogg Arena||2004||2011|
|Holland Blast||Holland, Michigan||Holland Civic Center||2005||2012|
|Lake County Stars||Deerfield, Illinois||Trinity International University||2011||2014|
|Los Angeles Lightning||Thousand Oaks, California||Gilbert Sports Arena||2007||2012|
|Malibu Pirates||Moorpark, California||Moorpark High School||2012||2012|
|Springfield Xpress||Springfield, Illinois||Lanphier High School||2012||2013|
|2011-12||Kankakee County Soldiers||Gary Splash||2-0 (best-of 3 series)|
|2012||Kankakee County Soldiers||Albany Legends||150-116|
|2012-13||Kankakee County Soldiers||Battle Creek Knights||2-1 (best-of 3 series)|
|2013||Kankakee County Soldiers||Gary Splash||116-99|
|2013-14||Kankakee County Soldiers||St. Louis Trotters||118-112|
|2014||Grand Rapids Fusion||Markham City Racers||104-92|
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- "New basketball league brings hoops to Springfield". Illinois Times. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
- "The nasty breakup and the online sniping". Times Union. 3 June 2013.
- "Grand Rapids Fusion are Spring Champions". USbasket. Retrieved 9 June 2014.