PLAY IN THE FBA
The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) is proud to be a league providing a variety of opportunities for players seeking to advance their professional basketball careers.
The league will list all tryouts, combines and other international opportunities open to players. We encourage every player to pre-register and pay before attending our events. Pre-registering ensures that we have enough materials for players (staff to manage the event, reversible jerseys for participants, etc.).
Click the tab on our menu bar to find events currently with open registration. For more information about our league from a player standpoint, please read through our FAQ section below.
* How much do FBA teams pay their players?
The pay varies with each FBA team. Most teams pay based on a ticket sales model innovated and created by the Florida Flight: For any ticket sale sold to an attendee wanting to see/support a specific player, a portion of that ticket (amount varies) will go directly to that player the attendee names. Some teams require players to pre-sell that ticket...others have mechanisms for attendees to mention a player at the door.
* Why do FBA teams pay players this way?
It's imperative that players understand the business of this level of basketball. If you've been around this level long enough, you have heard the horror stories of players signing contracts for high dollar amounts, only to be left stranded, with an expectation to receive payment and end up with a lower amount, no amount at all, or in many instances, without a team that is able to continue operating because that team has run out of funds to continue playing. Players must also understand that while this is a common happening in the United States minor leagues, it's not uncommon for these situations to happen in other countries throughout the world. Teams run out of money all the time.
Unfortunately, we've seen many instances where a player has restructured their entire lives for the moment, only to be stranded in a location far from home, with no money coming in, and no one around to assist them in getting their feet back on the ground. The burden and pressure of these situations have caused many players (most of which are VERY talented players) to give up on their quest of becoming a professional basketball player.
The FBA is approaching our 9th season. We've seen hundreds of our players move on to play internationally in countries all over the world. Our league has garnered a global respect in which teams around the world know that our players are professional, well-trained and developed, hungry, and focused on not only building their own brand, but also the brand of each team they represent. This year we have events set up with China, Peru, and the United Kingdom, with additional events being discussed with Nigeria, Mexico, Italy, Australia, and the Bahamas.
Bottom line: If you want to play in a league that will help your credentials and respectability as a player, there is no other minor league in the United States with the level of global respect like the FBA. Therefore, although we might not pay much, our league is putting players in a position to obtain those higher-level international jobs. You'll get film, exposure, player efficiency breakdowns, etc., in a league that will play all of our games, record them, and have a network of teams across the globe interested in our athletes. We give you everything you need to move your career forward...and...we hope you will appreciate the fact that we are COMPLETELY HONEST AND FORTHRIGHT with the opportunity we've set before you.
* Do FBA teams take players from out of state?
Sometimes...BUT...not very often. We are a league blessed to be in a state where there is incredible local basketball talent. Housing a player from out of state rarely makes financial sense. We also like to be a league that has a solid representation of talent from our local market teams.
No matter what a player might think, being a very talented basketball player does not guarantee a player will draw more fans. If a player comes from a high profile background and has the resume, experience and popularity that will motivate fans to attend games, he would be a player that teams consider in terms of housing, and possibly paying a higher guaranteed contract, etc. We take a very real, honest approach to this level of professional basketball. With so much talent in our state, housing a player from out of state does not make much business sense in the long run.
It's as simple as this:
If you help generate money to our teams? We pay you well for that.
If you don't? You'll build your global resume and get the attention of people that DO pay that kind of money so you can progress your career.
For any additional questions that you need answered, please have your agent contact us, or submit your question via the Contact Us portal on our website
FBA WINTER LEAGUE
COMBINE AND DRAFT
1200 Glory Way Blvd.
Bradenton, FL 34212
fEBRUARY 13-14, 2021
Hotel room and Combine:
Combine Only: $100