State Basketball League
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (July 2012)|
|No. of teams||Men: 14
|Continent||FIBA Oceania (Oceania)|
|Most recent champion(s)||M: Lakeside Lightning
W: Wanneroo Wolves
|Level on pyramid||2|
The State Basketball League (SBL) is the semi-professional men's and women's basketball leagues in the Australian state of Western Australia. There are two competitions in the SBL. One for the men (SBL) and another one for the women (WSBL). The SBL also acts as a development league for players attempting to enter the first-tier professional basketball leagues in Australia with players traditionally being trialled or signed with the Perth Wildcats of the NBL or the West Coast Waves of the WNBL.
|Cockburn Cougars||Wally Hagan Stadium||Hamilton Hill|
|East Perth Eagles||Morley Sport & Recreation Centre||Morley|
|Geraldton Buccaneers*||Activewest Stadium||Geraldton|
|Goldfields Giants*||Neils Hansen Stadium||Kalgoorlie|
|Kalamunda Eastern Suns||Lesmurdie Recreation Centre||Lesmurdie|
|Lakeside Lightning||Lakeside Recreation Centre||North Lake|
|Mandurah Magic||Mandurah Aquatic & Recreation Centre||Mandurah|
|Perry Lakes Hawks||Western Australian Basketball Centre||Floreat|
|Perth Redbacks||Belmont Oasis||Belmont|
|Rockingham Flames||Mike Barnett Sports Complex||Rockingham|
|South West Slammers||Eaton Recreation Centre||Eaton|
|Stirling Senators||Warwick Leisure Centre||Warwick|
|Wanneroo Wolves||Joondalup Basketball Stadium||Joondalup|
|Willetton Tigers||Willetton Stadium||Willetton|
- Geraldton and Goldfields do not have a team competing in the WSBL
MSBL games are played with 4x12 minute quarters and WSBL play with 4x10 minute quarters. With the switch of ends made at half time. 1/4 time and 3/4 time breaks are two minutes long and the 1/2 time interval lasts 15 minutes in MSBL, and 10 minutes in WSBL. If games are tied at the end of regulation time then an additional 5 minutes (overtime) shall be played. This will keep happening until an overall winner is decided. There can not be any draws.
All games are played under the FIBA guidelines of rules.
The regular season starts early April and finishes at the end of July. Each team plays 26 games (play each team twice, one at home and one away. Games are played on a Friday or Saturday night and Sunday afternoons. Games are also played on ANZAC Day and Foundation Day.
The teams are ranked according to their win/loss ratio. If at the end of the regular season and 2 or more teams have an identical record then positions are decided on a head to head basis. If they can not be split after that than the FOR/AGT percentage is taking into account.
The finals start in early August and finishes in early September. It is competed among the top 8 teams. The finals are contested in an elimination format. The quarter and semi finals are played using a best of 3 game series. The higher ranked team gets the 1st and 3rd game at home and the 2nd away. The grand finals are played at the WA Basketball Centre with the women's game commencing first and the men's game after that.
1 v 8 2 v 7 3 v 6 4 v 5
The winner of 1 v 8 vs The winner of 4 v 5
The winner of 2 v 7 vs The winner of 3 v 6