FAQ

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Getting Started

How do I get started?
To join the chat room or edit any WikiFBA pages, you need to have an account. Send an email to Rourkie at dorourkie@gmail.com with this information:
  • The username you want for your account.
  • An email address to send the auto-generated password to.
You should have your account ready in under 24 hours.
How do I post artwork?
On the side bar, under Tools click on Upload file. That will take you to a form to fill out to upload your file, whether it's artwork, a font file, a PDF, anything related to the FBA. If you are uploading artwork, please follow these instructions:
  • Name the file <Artist>_<Characters or Title>.xxx
    • For example, if I were uploading a piece of art I commissioned from Pac and it featured the characters Rodger Umaechi and Xavier Knutten, I would name it:
    • Pac_UmaechiKnutten.png
  • Include the name of the artist and the names of any characters featured in the art piece in the description.
  • At the bottom of the description, add the following text:
    • <comments/> [[Category:Artwork]]
    • This allows contributors to comment on the artwork and adds the art piece to the common artwork gallery.
How do I upload stories?

About the FBA

What is the FBA?
The Furry Basketball Association is a community-driven fantasy sports league. Unlike other fantasy leagues, the FBA does not follow any real-world sports leagues, but instead uses its own original teams and players, designed as if existing in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals. Teams are managed by assigned General Managers while rosters are set by Head Coaches, and the whole project is overlooked by a Commissioner and a 5-person Committee.
While most fantasy leagues are exclusively about stats and game results, the FBA places significant emphasis on storytelling and developing the FBA Universe, the furry world inside which the FBA exists. A Game Engine is used to calculate the results of regularly scheduled matches, but contributors are encouraged to develop their original characters throughout the season and offseason. This can be from written stories or artwork or audio recordings or over Twitter accounts or any of dozens of ways FBA contributors have found to develop not only the players, but all the characters and institutions that exist within the FBA Universe.
At its heart, the FBA is a creative project meant to inspire. The core belief of the FBA is that creativity does not happen in a vacuum but through structure, and by providing the regular, expected structure of an annual game schedule and regular box scores, contributors from all over the fandom are invited to help the project grow. The FBA is the size and depth that it is today because of the hard work and creative input of countless individuals, and it continues to grow through the limitless creativity it inspires.
How did the FBA start?
The FBA started with the creation of Buck Hopper, the personal character of the founder of the league. Designed as a professional basketball player, Hopper required a league for his character to play in. Originally, this FBA was only partially developed, just enough for art commissions, some podcasts and a few stories, but it introduced the concept of a sports league of furry athletes.
In the summer of 2009, interest in Buck Hopper convinced the founder to have the FBA fleshed out into an entire 24-team league. But instead of developing it all on his own, he asked his fans in the furry community to help him grow it by opening up team and character creation to anyone who would contribute. Within a couple days, the FBA had a full set of 24 teams each with a 12 player roster for each club. And it was then that a tradition was born of an FBA developed not by a single individual but by anyone willing to help it grow.
The first draft was held on November 1st, 2009. This community event began an annual tradition in the FBA for how new players would be brought into the league. Contributors submitted character ideas to the draft pool, and on draft night, the general managers made their selections on who would be on their teams. Since then, the FBA has continued to hold annual drafts every offseason.
On March 9th, 2014, the FBA saw its first major change in management structure. Previously the project had been spearheaded solely by Buck Hopper. After this date, Hopper announced he would step down as commissioner at the end of the season and hand it off to steviemaxwell. It was also announced that an FBA Committee would be created as a 5-person organization tasked with managing the canon of the FBA and with authority to override decisions by the Commissioner. This management structure has remained in place ever since.
What is a furry?
A "furry" is an anthropomorphic animal. While the name suggests animals that have fur, the term applies to all varieties of animals.
The FBA Universe is a entirely furry world. Based on the contemporary modern world and using the same globe as the Earth, the "furries" of the FBA Universe are extremely diverse. While the majority of furries are bipedal and approximately the size of modern humans, there are some furries that are non-morphic, some that are massively sized (often called "macros" - around ~10'), some that have more than two legs (often called "taurs"), and many others. And while they all share the same planet, the FBA has put in a specific set of rules restricting who can play on their courts.
  • Players cannot be any taller than 8'6".
  • Players cannot have more than two legs, two arms and one tail. (The Five Limb Rule)
  • Players cannot be heavier than 350 pounds.
  • Players cannot be poisonous in any way that cannot be covered or controlled. (No poison dart frogs, but venomous snakes are okay.)
These rules are exclusively for the FBA.
More information on the FBA Universe can be found here: FBA Universe.
What is basketball?
Basketball is a team sport with players attempting to score points by putting the game ball through a "basket", which is a metal loop lifted 10 feet off the ground. If you're interested in learning more about the sport, here are some great links with information.
The basketball played in the FBA is based on the basketball played in the National Basketball Association. However, the league has some rules unique to the FBA. For more information on the rules of basketball in the FBA Universe, read the article on FBA Basketball Rules.
What is the in-world history of the FBA?
Within the FBA Universe, the FBA was founded in 1961 by Ned Underwood, founder of Underwood College. Underwood was deeply inspired by the prey civil rights movements of the early '60s. His vision of an all-species, all-gender sports league was mocked by many in his day, but he pressed on, holding the first match in October of that year in a league of only six teams.
Over 50 years later, the FBA has grown to 24 teams and into a world-class league. It is now the most highly regarded basketball league in the FBA Universe with the finest athletes from around the world coming to play on its courts.
For more detail on the in-world history of the FBA, check out FBA History.
How do I get started?
You can get started right now! While creating a player for the FBA is popular, new character submissions are only accepted in the month of March every year. But having a player in the league is only one of many ways to contribute.
Some of the ways people have contributed to the FBA are:
  • Take over a current, undeveloped player and make it your own.
  • Create an FBA reporter and write on games and events around the league.
  • Join a team as an assistant coach or assistant General Manager.
  • Create any character within the FBA Universe that will develop the league.
The most important thing is that the FBA is made to inspire. While there are specific schedules involved in putting new players in the league or assigning general managers, anyone and everyone is invited to build on to what's here through whatever means they feel inspired to use. We've had artists, writers, podcasters, web designers, programmers, all kinds of people with all kinds of talents find ways to support and build up what we have. To be fair, there are ways to add on to the FBA that haven't even been touched yet, and we invite everyone to discover and explore those talents. There's always people here at the site willing to help.
How do I read a box score?
Find out how to translate an FBA box score or our Metrics page by going to FBA Lingo.
Who's the best player in the league?
Healey Davis is our equivalent of Michael Jordan. He is regarded as the best athlete the FBA has ever had. Since his retirement in 2000, many FBA legends have come and gone, and many great players are still on the court today. As for who's the best today, it's hard to say!
You might start by checking out our FBA Rankings page.

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