The new year means it’s time for a new NIRSA Club Basketball Conference! This year, the NIRSA Club Basketball Conference season is about refocusing on the student experience and providing the best support for all of our teams. The Club Basketball Work Team has been working hard this year to improve our brand and give our teams all the support they need! Teams are committing an incredible amount of time, effort, and funding to be a part of this experience, so we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to provide a phenomenal season.

This season, we have 33 teams spread across seven divisions between both our Men’s and Women’s conferences. We’re excited to have a nice mix of returning and new teams to the conference! We look forward to our refocus on the student experience this season—we hope to use this new focus as a springboard for many seasons to come.

The divisions are as follows:

Women’s Midwest Division

  • Butler University
  • DePaul University
  • Kent State University
  • Illinois State University
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Women’s South Division

  • University of North Texas
  • Texas A&M University – College Station
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Texas State University

Men’s Midwest Division

  • DePaul University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison “Red”
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison “White”

Men’s Southeast Division

  • James Madison University
  • Radford University
  • University of Maryland – Eastern Shore
  • University of Richmond

Men’s South (West & East) Division

  • Louisiana State University
  • Edward’s University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Texas A&M University – Commerce
  • Texas A&M University – College Station
  • Tulane University
  • University of Houston – Downton
  • University of Louisiana

Men’s West Division

  • California Miramar University
  • California State University – Monterey Bay
  • Cal Poly – Pomona
  • Cal Poly – SLO
  • The Claremont Colleges
  • UCLA
  • University of California – Irvine
  • University of Southern California

Included in the annual league registration fee, we provide the following to all our teams:

  • Two conference round robin host sites
    • Teams only have to travel twice all season for league play
    • Could be one- or two-day events (pending the size of the division)
    • Teams play most or all teams in their division at each host site (round robin play)
  • Teams play 6-12 conference games pending the size of the division
  • One NIRSA Regional Tournament registration where it’s the team’s choice where they want to play
  • Medical staff will be onsite at all round robin host sites
  • All officials’ fees for conference games are covered
  • All your conference games are scheduled by the Club Basketball Work Team so the headache of scheduling court space and finding officials is taken care of
  • The champions of each division will receive paid entry into the NIRSA National Basketball Championships taking place in Wichita, Kansas from April 3–5

All teams have to do is show up and play! If the NIRSA Club Basketball Conference is something your club teams might be interested in for the 2021 season, we’ll begin registering teams this spring. The NIRSA Championship Series is excited to have another club basketball season tipping off!


  • For more information, please contact Club Basketball Work Team Chair Josh Dietrich or NIRSA National Sport Programs Coordinator Nicole Jackson.
Competitive Sports Coordinator at Kent State University | NIRSA Profile

Joshua Dietrich is currently the Competitive Sports Coordinator at Kent State University. He serves as Chair of the Club Basketball Work Team.