Basketball Nederland

Basketball Netherlands (Dutch: Basketball Nederland) is the governing body of basketball in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1947, and are headquartered in Nieuwegein.

Basketball Nederland
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Founded15 July 1947; 75 years ago (1947-07-15)
HeadquartersNieuwegein, Netherlands
PresidentFrancisca Ravestein

Basketball Nederland operates the Netherlands men's national team and Netherlands women's national team. They organize national competitions in Netherlands, for both the men's and women's senior teams, as well as the youth national basketball teams.[1]

The top professional league in the Netherlands is the Dutch Basketball League (DBL).[2]


Foundation (1947)Edit

The Dutch Basketball Association (Dutch: Nederlandse Basketball Bond, NBB) was founded on 15 July 1947. After World War II in which the Dutch were conquered by the Nazis it began a priority to build governing bodies for their national sports. Even much so that the Netherlands started a basketball federation before basketball power United States. Which didn't establish their own federation until the 1970s.

Early years (1947–1961)Edit

At the beginning, the NBB started with less than a thousand members and 120 teams from Amsterdam, Haarlem and Rotterdam joined. Basketball was a sport that wasn't practiced all over the country, but especially in Amsterdam. It is logical, therefore, that the NBB derives from the Amsterdam Basketball Federation, founded in 1945.

Dutch Basketball Success (1962–1991)Edit

During the time period from 1962 to 1991 basketball saw huge growth in the Netherlands. Partially due to the success of the Dutch national team, which made ten European Championship appearances in that span.

Also during this time was the foundation and beginnings of the Dutch Basketball League (DBL). Which received tons of fan support.[3]

Regression (1991–2012)Edit

During the time period from 1991 to 2012 the national team took a deep decline, and failed to qualify for the European Championship.

In June 2019, the organization rebranded to Basketball Nederland.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Netherlands FIBA Europe". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  2. ^ "Dutch Professional league" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  3. ^ "Home > Cios werkt samen > Nederlandse Basketball Bond. Nederlandse Basketball Bond. Adres: Wattbaan 31-49. 3439 ML Nieuwegein. Geo: POINT (5.103435 52.0353328)". Retrieved 14 May 2017.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Basketball Nederland gelanceerd: Ready to Roar!". Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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