The Kerrisdale Basketball League’s inaugural season was in the fall of 1998, although the league’s roots are at False Creek Elementary School where the pickup basketball with 5 or 6 players developed into a fun pickup league with 3 or 4 teams. Moving to Kerrisdale allowed the league to grow, and the league has now grown from the original 6 teams at Kerrisdale to 30 to 34 teams spread between three community centers (Sunset and Kits). There are about 400 players in the league, and these players come from all around the Greater Vancouver area. Many of the players are veterans who have been with the league 10 or more years. The league is more competitive today than it was in the past, but the foundation of sportsmanship and fun has remained. Our league has a unique set of rules which allow us to run without referees. Although we do have score clocks and time keepers, the players essentially manage their own games. This has allowed us to keep league fees low, and encourage player ownership over the spirit of the game.
There are two seasons, with the first one beginning September and ending mid February, and the second one beginning late February and ending early June. There are always three distinct divisions, and teams move across Divisions depending on standings from season to season, which helps maintain an integrated league. Our games are spread over three Vancouver facilities. Kerrisdale Community Centre is our home base, but with the growth of the league we have adopted Kitsilano and Sunset Community Centres as well.
If you’re interested in joining a team, or would like to register your own team, please contact us. Also, if you would like to start a similar league in another city, please let us know. We can help you get started, and perhaps coordinate an inter-city game at some point.