The players are from all walks of life, different religions and nationalities, all with the same desire to win and stay on the court. They are rocket scientists, detectives, grad students, businessmen, fire department lieutenants, teachers, physician’s assistants, construction workers, politicians, lawyers and others all glued together for the love of the game.


Commissioner Craig Raucher.


On TV 12/2017

In the news 4/2017

May 1, 2017

In the news January 2014

January 14, 2014


We play every Monday (7-10 p.m.), Wednesday (7-10 p.m.) and Saturday (8-11 a.m.)

Public School 8 – 112 Lindenwood Road Great Kills, Staten Island NY 10308
Commissioner Craig Raucher (718) 605-2189

Began as the Brooklyn Athletic League in Brooklyn, New York and changed for the past 38 years to the Staten Island Basketball League we have played twice weekly full court basketball in a 80-year-old wooden floor and wooden backboard old fashioned style gym. It has been a magnet for older players who got very tired of playing with the run, gun and selfish ways of younger players outdoors and needed a more comfortable game. It became a haven for older seasoned players who could not take the pounding of concrete in schoolyards anymore.

Managed and nurtured all of these years by Craig Raucher it is called a league. Really it is a large group of men coming together Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings like religious zealots seeking the high of a basketball win in controlled pick up games. Living on the winning shot until the next get together or the great pass or the monster rebound ecstasy and agony play out.

Over the years there have been 350 plus players who have come through the gym doors to play regularly. We have a long, rich history and a bright future.

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Craig Raucher – Founder and Commissioner of the Staten Island Basketball League – www.sibl.us

January 30, 2018

I am a 62-year-old man with a long and rich basketball history. I am the founder and Commissioner of the Staten Island Basketball League and have played organized and college basketball for 52 years. I’ve had many knee surgeries over […]

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Craig Raucher: Most Prominent & Successful Business Director of Modern Commerce

August 9, 2018

Mr. Craig Raucher became the most prominent business director on the strength of two different factors. He has the necessary expertise and knowledge to handle a variety of businesses. He also has the intelligence to develop innovative ideas that are […]

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Dave & Busters is now a sponsor of the Staten Island Basketball League – September 2018

September 19, 2018

We have been approached by the nationally recognized Dave & Busters Corporation as a sponsor for the Staten Island Basketball League as they were opening their first location at the newly renovated Staten Island Mall. That sponsorship became effective on September […]

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The Court

February 1, 2018

Here it is look at it. You have seen it years before in a thousand different cities. When you walk through the doors of the venerable school on to the time worn basketball court you are transported back decades. It […]

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The Hook

January 30, 2018

What draws people to this game and this group? Why do players come twice a week for weeks and months and years in a row? Why do old timers turn up to play? What is the hook? The hook in […]

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The Origin: Great Kills Park – Staten Island, New York

February 1, 2018

Located right outside of Public School 8 where the League plays. We started as unlimited numbers of urban kids have always begun by playing in the park. Some call it the court or the yard or the school. Outdoors. New […]

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The Run

February 2, 2018

Recently a call came into the league office from the Staten Island District Attorney’s office. The assistant DA asked for Craig Raucher and not knowing what to think I of course answered the call. The ADA wanted to play ball […]

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The Zone

February 1, 2018

If you play the game you know what the zone is. It is a physical and emotional place you strive of to be in. It validates you as a player. It is the result of thousands of games played over […]

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