Gold Ball Showdown Series Format

NCHBC Gold Ball Showdown Series Format Info:

The Gold Ball Showdown Series (GBSS) has been an NCHBC staple for the past 7 years, this unique format follows a similar formula that high school state associations around the nation use. In the age groups that offer a GBSS format we divide programs by their size of gender specific (boys or girls) program.

Very Important: The class a program is placed in has nothing to do with talent, rather the programs size, once divided by size the tournament is seeded based on talent. The size of each program is based on the information that each Athletic/Program director submitted.

Program Size (Enrollment) is defined as: Total number of gender specific players (11+ years old as of Sept. 1 this school year) that played in a game this season in your program.

Please Note: The tournament is not over once a team has been eliminated from Gold Ball contention as they will mix in with other classes and continue to compete, whether it is for Division II Championship, Bronze Ball Bracket, or the Silver Ball Showdown Series. Once the tournament begins teams will play at least 1 game per day until the tournament ends on Friday.

In Boys 18u we feature a Field of 64 GBSS Format which features 8 Gold Ball Classes!

Class 8A & Class 7A are where the Largest 16 boys programs are divided up equally. Class 2A & Class A are where the Smallest 16 boys program are divided up equally, etc.

The Gold Ball Champion from each class (8A, 7A, 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, & A) then move into the Gold Ball Showdown Series Quarterfinals where the winners play it out (Hoosiers style) to crown the Undisputed HomeSchool Basketball National Champion! In Boys 18u Only the National Final 4 Games will be played Friday night at MSU and the Undisputed National Championship game will be played late Saturday AM.

In Girls 18u, Boys 16u, & Boys 14u we feature a GBSS Quarter Final Format which features 8 Gold Ball Classes that is very similar to the Boys 18u format above. The main difference is in Girls 18u team that qualify for 18u Division III are able to play in Class 4A/3A of the GBSS.

In Boys 12u we have a GBSS Semi Final Format that features a 4 Gold Ball Showdown Series Format Class 8A & Class 7A are where the 16 teams from the largest programs will play & 6A/5A are where the smallest programs will play.
In Girls 14u we have a GBSS Semi Final Format that features a 4 Gold Ball Showdown Series Format Class 8A, Class 7A, & Class 6A are where the teams from the largest programs will play & 5A is where the smallest programs will play.

In both cases the 4 Gold Ball Champion from each class then move into the Gold Ball Showdown Series Semi-Finals where the winners play it out to crown the Undisputed HomeSchool Basketball National Champion!

The GBSS format is designed to allow each teams attending Nationals the opportunity to compete against teams similar in gender specific (boys or girls) program size en route to a Gold Ball. Upon winning a Gold Ball they will then have the opportunity to see how they stack up against the best from each class. The tournament is not over once a team has been eliminated from Gold Ball contention as they will mix in with other classes and continue to compete, whether it is for Division II Championship, Bronze Ball Bracket, or the Silver Ball Showdown Series.