Basketball at IMGA Master Games

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each.

Invented in 1891 by Canadian-American gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, basketball has evolved to become one of the world’s most popular and widely viewed sports.The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries, talent, and level of competition.

Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the EuroLeague and the Basketball Champions League Americas. The FIBA Basketball World Cup and Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament are the major international events of the sport and attract top national teams from around the world. Each continent regional competitions for national teams, like EuroBasket and FIBA AmeriCup.

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Age categories

Men & Women: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+

The age category you will compete in for Basketball will be determined as at 31 December of the year of the event. For teams, the category you compete in is based on the age of the youngest team member. For example, if your youngest team member is 39 during Games time but has turned 40 by 31 December, you would compete in the 40+ age category.


Grade definitions

A Grade – Premier: This grade is for teams consisting of players with international or national experience. At least two players should have international experience (played for their country). The other team members are expected to be at a state/ province/ elite Club player level.

B Grade – Competitive: This grade is for those players who compete in a high standard of domestic level basketball, such as A Grade in their local competition, and players who have represented their club or town in state/ province competition.

C Grade – Recreational: This grade is for those players who participate in non-competitive and/or lower grade leagues and for social and casual players.

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The IMGA doesn’t allow building new venues and encourages the host cities to use existing facilities to keep the costs lower. Therefore, the following information is subject to changes depending on the venues available.