SlamBall match showing a slam dunk
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Professional SlamBall League
Inaugural season2002, 2007, 2012, 2016, 2023
Ceased2003, 2008, 2012, 2016
No. of teams8
CountriesUnited States, China, Australia, Portugal, India
Most titlesMob (2)
TV partner(s)United States ESPN, CBS, Versus, Cartoon Network
Portugal SIC K, SIC Radical
Spain Cuatro
GXT, Italia 1
Australia One HD
Official website

SlamBall is a form of basketball played with four trampolines in front of each net and boards around the court edge. While SlamBall is based on basketball, it is a contact sport, with blocks, collisions and rough physical play as part of the game, similar to elements of American football and ice hockey.

Professional SlamBall games aired on television with Spike TV for two seasons in 2002–2003, and the POWERade SlamBall Challenge was aired on CSTV, now CBS Sports Network, in 2007. SlamBall returned in August 2008,[1] airing on Versus, now NBC Sports Network, and CBS. The 2008 SlamBall season aired at one point on weekends on Cartoon Network. Slamball was shown on One HD in Australia during 2009. SlamBall held its first major international tournament in China in 2012.[2]


Mason Gordon, creator of the sport
Mike Tollin

SlamBall was invented in 1999 by Mason Gordon, who was working at the time for Tollin/Robbins Productions and had written episodes for the television shows Kenan & Kel and Cousin Skeeter.[3] The name SlamBall is owned by Gordon's company. Inspired by video games,[4] Gordon sketched an idea on a napkin for a sport that combined several existent ones. He approached his boss, movie and television producer Mike Tollin, who liked the idea and thought Gordon was "onto something."[5] Tollin helped finance the construction of a prototype court in an East Los Angeles warehouse six months later.

Gordon then tried to convince street basketball players to test his new idea; he wanted to find skilled, strong players who could compete comfortably while launching off trampolines and crashing into each other in mid-air.

Five recruits—James Willis, Sean Jackson, David Redmond, Michael Goldman and Jeff Sheridan—trained with Gordon to produce the first games. These original six players were part of the first two teams, the Los Angeles Rumble and the Chicago Mob. These two teams played an exhibition series in 2001, which the Chicago Mob won. Soon, more players were brought in, including Stan Fletcher, Rob Wilson and Dion Mays.

Gordon at the inaugural SlamBall combine in 2002

First played in Los Angeles, the game gained attention from street basketball players in the area. Within a year, 400 people had been enlisted as potential players. Open tryouts were held and the selection of players based on athletic ability, body control and court awareness started. Reducing numbers to about 60 players, the first ever SlamBall combine was held where players and coaches learned safety, the game and basic strategy.

Early SlamBall Team Photo

In 2002, SlamBall made its television debut, on The National Network (later Spike TV and now the Paramount Network), soon after former Philadelphia 76ers owner Pat Croce had signed on as a partner. Six teams (the Bouncers, Diablos, Mob, Rumble, Slashers, and Steal) played in the inaugural season. Former NBA All-Star Reggie Theus served as studio co-host and color commentator. ReelSports served as the event organizers for the new league. SlamBall also aired on the British television station Trouble and ESPN aired a feature on the new league.

After the second season in 2003, SlamBall creator Mason Gordon and co-producer Telepictures Productions had a disagreement.[1] The league was dissolved. Five years later the league resurfaced for one more season. The league opened its doors to open try-outs.[6]

Confrontation between Rob Wilson and Kevin Cassidy.

The first SlamBall draft in 2002 saw Canadian Robert Wilson drafted as the first No. 1 pick ever in the sport. Before the second season of SlamBall debuted on the newly renamed Spike TV, two expansion teams (the Riders and Bandits) were added and a new court was built at Universal City, California. One notable player on the Bandits was Craig Skistimas, who would later go on to co-create the video game entertainment channel ScrewAttack![7]

Sam Jones and Whitney White going head to head at training camp

In 2007, the "POWERADE SlamBall Challenge" took place at Hoop City, a fan interactive event, at the 2007 Final Four in Atlanta, Georgia, and aired on CSTV in April 2007.[8]

In Italy SlamBall made its debut on Italia 1 on 16 July 2007.[9]

In 2008, SlamBall began planning for a new season, to be financed by IMG. The league accepted applications through its website for new players and coaches, and tryouts were held in three U.S. cities in April, 2008. A training camp for the 2008 season of SlamBall was held at IMG Academy[10] in Bradenton, Florida from April to June 2008. Over 100 potential players participated in tryouts, eventually leaving 64 players after an 8-team draft. The league was cut to the 6 current teams. Some figures associated with the new season of SlamBall include: Commissioner Pat Croce and Coaches Kenny Anderson, John Starks, Raghib Ismail and Ken Carter. In summer 2008, SlamBall played its first season since 2003 at Universal Citywalk in Universal Studios, California. These games aired in a "Game of the Week" format on Versus beginning 31 August and led up to the finals on CBS on 2 November 2008.

In the 2008 season championship, the Slashers, led by Kevin Stapleton, defeated the Rumble.[11] The coach of the Rumble was Ken Carter, of the famed Coach Carter. The season aired on Australia's One HD and Fuel TV.[12]

In August 2022, Mason Gordon announced that SlamBall would be returning in July 2023 as a live sports league.[13] The new league had investments by David Blitzer, Michael G. Rubin, Gary Vaynerchuk, David J. Adelman, and Blake Griffin.[14] The younger generation is their target audience.[15]

The Upcoming SlamBall Season this July is taking place in Las Vegas for a six week season followed by a seventh week for playoffs with 8 teams competing. On June 5th SlamBall Mini Camp officially starts with the "Super 24", where 24 hand selected groups of elite multi-sport athletes will train for 2 weeks of intensive training, leading up to the SlamBall Draft to choose 64 players for 8 teams of 8 players.

Rules and regulations

Scoring is achieved by putting the ball into the net at the opponent's end of the court for points. Both teams simultaneously try to score points and prevent the opponent from scoring. The aim is to have outscored the opposing team when the game ends. A successful score can be worth two points if the ball is thrown through the hoop without the offensive player touching the hoop. Slam dunks are scored three points. All shots outside the three-point arc are worth three points as well. Four players from each team (out of an 8-10 player roster) may be on the court at one time. Substitutions are unlimited and can be done during play (as in the game of hockey). Each team has a coach and additional staff which includes assistant coaches, managers, statisticians, doctors, etc.

The game is controlled by two referees and the table officials. The table keeps track of the score, time, team possessions, fouls and the shot clock.

Playing regulations

Games are played in four 5-minute quarters, unlike the NBA, which plays for four 12-minute quarters. The game commences with a "bounce-off" in which the ball is bounced at center court. The ball must reach its apex uninterrupted, at which point the players are allowed to "check" each other. Ten minutes are allowed for a half-time break; only one time-out is permitted to each team, which may only be used during the last two minutes of regulation play. A 15-second shot clock is utilized. Teams change ends for the second half. A tie score at the end of regulation time is settled by a series of "face offs" (see Fouls below).


Diagram of a SlamBall court

Each team has four players on the court at any one time. There are three positions:

Teams are free to choose their own configuration, the usual formations being 1 stopper, 2 handlers, and 1 gunner OR 1 stopper, 1 handler, and 2 gunners.


Each player can commit just three personal fouls before he is removed from the match (the match is 20 minutes; a FIBA-organised 40-minute game allows five, and a 48-minute game such as the NBA is six). A coach or player displaying poor sportsmanship (such as fighting, arguing vehemently against an official) may be charged with a technical foul. Two technical fouls results in a disqualification.

When a foul is called, the player who has committed it will then take position on the baseline of the lower trampolines while the player who was offended will take up offensive position at center court. This is called a face-off. Upon a signal from the referee the offensive player will be free to mount an attack at the basket, which the defender now must endeavor to stop. The defender must enter the lower trampoline only after bouncing in from the side trampoline. If the offensive player is successful, then points will be awarded depending on the shot converted and the offensive players' team will retain possession of the ball. In the case of any tie-ups, the defensive team always gain possession, but if the shot was blocked, the offensive team retains the ball from center court.

List of common fouls:[16]

  1. When an offensive player has the ball and a defensive player checks him in the back. Result: Faceoff
  2. When an offensive player has the ball and a defensive player checks him before he has begun to dribble the ball. Result: Faceoff
  3. When an offensive player has the ball and a defensive player checks him while he is attempting to enter the trampoline. Result: Faceoff
  4. When two offensive players step/bounce on the same trampoline. Result: Turnover
  5. When an offensive player bounces on a trampoline twice while in possession of the ball. Result: Turnover
  6. When either a Player or the Coach of a team argues with the referee and uses physical or verbal abuse in anger. Result: Can either be a Faceoff or Turnover (referee decides)
  7. When two players from the same team are on the same island or trampoline, or 'station' as it is called. Result: Turnover
  8. Three-second violation: When any offensive player is stationed in an island area (sides of trampolines) for three seconds. Result: Turnover
  9. When a shot is attempted from an island. Result: Turnover
  10. When the defense holds position on an island, a charge can be called against the opposition. Result: Turnover.
  11. Popcorn effect: When a defensive player deliberately interferes with the offensive player's bounce, caused by standing on the offensive player's landing spot to cause the equivalent of a trip in basketball. Result: Faceoff


3D render of a SlamBall court.

The spring floor lies adjacent to two sets of four trampoline or spring bed 'quads' which dominate each end of the court. Each trampoline surface measures 7 by 14 ft (2.1 by 4.3 m).) The shock absorbent panels pair with the competition bed trampolines to create a unique playing surface that both launches players to inhuman heights and cushions their landing upon returning to the floor. Specifically engineered pads are designed to cover the frame rails and their tapered design allows for maximum safety for on-court play. This entire playing surface will be surrounded with an 8 ft (2.4 m) Plexiglass wall much like in a hockey rink. Players wear protective cups and special equipment to protect various areas of the body. This consists of knee and elbow pads, and an optional SlamBall-specific helmet.

Slamball launches in China

In 2015 Slamball resurfaced in China. After what appeared to be an extended courtship with the Chinese government, and community at large, new Slamball facilities began construction throughout China. Eventually, the new partnership with Chinese entities created five teams to officially expand the league to Asia. Slamball creator Mason Gordon did exhaustive leg work advancing the process. In 2015 all Gordon's hard work would pay off as Slamball started capturing the attention of the Chinese public.

According to a report published by Vice Sports, Mason Gordon was quoted as saying, "We never left, we just needed to take the best path for us." There were even talks of Slamball college teams in the coming years.[17]

Media exposure

On television, the sport has been seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, One Tree Hill, CBS's King of Queens, Method & Red, ESPN's SportsCenter, The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Fuel TV. In print, SlamBall has been featured in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Time and European editions of Maxim, GQ and FHM.

Athletes and training

SlamBall hopefuls at tryout camp in 2002

Because of the nature of SlamBall, a broad scope is considered in the recruitment of the players. New players for the League have come from various areas. SlamBall has recruited players directly from college and pro basketball programs across the country. Football players are used to the full-contact, up-tempo style of play, and many of the better players of SlamBall found their origins on the gridiron.[citation needed]

Anthony White vs the trampolines early in training camp
Aerial awareness and body control trampoline exercises
'Shakes' Fletcher in training camp 2002


This article needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (May 2021)


Team Name Team Name Founded Championships One Off Tournament Wins
Mob 2002 2012, 2016 2001, 2007
Rumble 2002 2002
Slashers 2002 2008
Buzzsaw 2023
Ozone 2023
Lava 2023
Wrath 2023
Gryphons 2023


Team Name Team Name Founded Last Active Championships One Off Tournament Wins
Diablos 2002 2007
Steal 2002 2003
Bouncers 2002 2008
Bandits 2003 2003
Riders 2003 2003, (2008 Never Played) 2003
Rousties 2008 Never Played
Hombres 2008 2008
Maulers 2008 2016


2001 Original Season

2001 Playoffs
Team Won Lost Result
Chicago Mob 3 1 Champions
Los Angeles Rumble 1 3 Runner-Up

This series consisted of 4 games at a warehouse in Los Angeles, California.

2002 Season

2002 Regular Season Playoffs
Team Coach Won Lost win-rate Finish Won Lost Result
Rumble Ken Carter 7 2 .778 1st 2 0 Champions
Diablos Mark Ellis 5 4 .556 2nd 1 1 Runner-Up
Bouncers Hernando Planells 5 4 .556 3rd 0 1 Lost in semi-finals
Steal Brian Taylor 4 5 .444 4th 0 1 Lost in semi-finals
Mob Brendan Kirsch 4 5 .444 5th Did not qualify
Slashers Kevin Stapleton 2 7 .222 6th Did not qualify

This season took place at a warehouse in Los Angeles, California.

The Bouncers stopper Rob Wilson was the 1st Pick of the 2002 SlamBall Draft

2003 Season

2003 Regular Season Playoffs
Team Coach Won Lost win-rate Finish Won Lost Result
Rumble Ken Carter 9 1 .900 1st 0 1 Lost in semi-finals
Mob Brendan Kirsch 7 3 .700 2nd 0 1 Lost in semi-finals
Riders Xavier McDaniel 6 4 .600 3rd 2 0 Champions
Slashers Kevin Stapleton 6 4 .600 4th 1 1 Runner-Up
Diablos Joe Bryant 4 6 .400 5th Did not qualify
Bouncers Hernando Planells 4 6 .400 6th Did not qualify
Steal Brian Taylor 2 8 .200 7th Did not qualify
Bandits Mark Berekoff 2 8 .200 8th Did not qualify

This season took place in Los Angeles, California.

2007 Powerade Slamball Challenge

2007 Playoffs
Team Won Lost Result
Mob 2 0 Champions
Bouncers 1 1 Runner-Up
Rumble 0 1 Lost in semi-finals
Diablos 0 1 Lost in semi-finals

This tournament took place in Hoops City in Atlanta, Georgia.

2008 Season

2008 Regular Season Playoffs
Team Coach Won Lost win-rate Finish Won Lost Result
Rumble Ken Carter 9 3 .750 1st 1 1 Runner-Up
Slashers Kevin Stapleton 7 5 .583 2nd 2 0 Champions
Mob Brendan Kirsch 7 5 .583 3rd 0 1 Lost in semi-finals
Hombres Kenny Anderson 6 6 .500 4th 0 1 Lost in semi-finals
Maulers John Starks 5 7 .417 5th Did not qualify
Bouncers Rocket Ismail 2 10 .167 6th Did not qualify

This season took place at Universal Citywalk (within Universal Studios) in Los Angeles, California.

2012 Season (MSAA Slamball China Championship Series 4)

2012 Playoffs
Team Won Lost Result
Mob 2 0 Champions
Slashers 1 1 Runner-Up
Maulers 1 1 Lost in semi-finals
Rumble 0 2 Lost in semi-finals

This season took place in the Dragon Center in Hangzhou, China.

2016 Season (MSAA Slamball China Championship Series 5)

2016 Group Stage Playoffs
Team Won Lost win-rate Finish Won Lost Result
Rumble 6 0 1.000 1st 1 1 Runner-Up
Mob 3 3 .500 2nd 2 0 Champions
Slashers 2 4 .333 3rd 0 1 Lost in semi-finals
Maulers 1 5 .167 4th 0 1 Lost in semi-finals

This season took place in the Wuhan Sports University Area in Wuhan, China; and in the China Renming University Arena in Beijing, China.

2023 Season

2023 Regular Season Playoffs
Team Coach Won Lost win-rate Finish Won Lost Result
Slashers Stan Fletcher TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Buzzsaw Hernando Planells Jr TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Ozone Trevor Anderson TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Gryphons Jelani Janisse TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

This season will take place at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Past champions

Year Champion Result Runner-up
2001 Original Series* Chicago Mob 3 Games – 1 Game Los Angeles Rumble
2002 SlamBall Series 1 Rumble 46–41 Diablos
2003 SlamBall Series 2 Riders 66–60 Slashers
2007 Powerade Slamball Challenge* Mob 48–38 Bouncers
2008 Slamball Series 3 Slashers 48–46 Rumble
2012 MSAA Slamball China Championship Series 4 Mob 55–40 Slashers
2016 MSAA Slamball China Championship Series 5 Mob 32–15 Rumble
2023 Slamball Series 6 TBD TBD TBD

One Off Tournament*

Popular culture


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