Basketball started in Singapore as early as 1925, attracting interest and participation from numerous schools.
However, it was only in 1934 when the Singapore Basketball & Volleyball Association was set up, and from then on, a steady development of basketball ensued, culminating in the organisation of a Malaysia and Singapore Basketball Championship that greatly increased the exposure of Singapore to basketball.
In 1939, the Chinese Sports Improvement Council replaced the Singapore Basketball & Volleyball Association and became the centre of basketball promotion; the Council can be said as the first instance of BAS.
- 1940s to 1950s
- World War II broke out, and severely dented the popularity of basketball. After the war in 1946, a group of basketball enthusiasts, led by Permanent Honorary Chairman Mr Goh Chye Hin , formed the Singapore Amateur Basketball Association (SABA).
- The Association made commendable efforts to revive basketball, and over the next ten years, greatly heightened the popularity of basketball. In that time frame, Singapore also sent out strong basketball teams to compete in the Asian Basketball Cup and the Olympics, cementing Singapore's position as a player in the region's basketball scene.
- 1950s to 1970s
- The popularity of amateur basketball led to its adoption by numerous schools of different languages and cultures, and even in primary schools!
- In 1961, SABA became a member of the Asian Basketball Association, participating in efforts to promote basketball in the region and consistently sent men's and women's teams to participate in the annual Asian Basketball Cup.
- In 1964, Singapore began the annual Sports Festival, and SABA greatly supported the festival by inviting basketball teams from Asia, Middle East, and Australia to participate in the Singapore Festival International Invitation Competition; it eventually became an important event in the international basketball
- In 1967, SABA renamed itself to Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) and nominated then Minister of Culture, Mr Jek Yeun Thong, as Chairman, and commenced the training of referees in order to raise the standard of refereeing. To date, Singapore has more than ten internationally-recognised referees.
- 1970s to 1980s
- In 1973, Mr Jek Yeun Thong was named Permanent Honorary Chairman, and former 2nd Minister for Defence Mr. Phua Bah Lee took over the reins, who was then nomimated consecutively over the next seven years. During that period, BAS increased the scale of the International Invitation Competition...
- In 1984 renamed the competition to the Merlion International Invitation Competition. Participating countries included then USSR, USA, China, Spain, and Germany etc; playing against such strong opponents raised the standard of local basketball. Due to the lack of modern facilities, basketball activities in Singapore faced certain constraints, but in 1989, the Singapore Indoor Stadium was built. Singapore then forged ahead and organised the first Asian Women's Basketball Championship in 1990, and thrust Singapore into the limelight amongst the international scene.
- 1990s to 2000s
- In 1991, Mr. Phua Bah Lee was named Permanent Honorary President, and former Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Information and The Arts Dr. Ho Kah Leong assumed President of BAS. The new President initiated a move to raise funds for the building of an Association Headquarters, personally leading members of the Association in its fund-raising activities.
- On 16 Oct 1994 , the HQ was unveiled, with Mr. Ho being one of the major contributors. A new chapter in the history of basketball in Singapore.
- In 1999, Mr. Ong Ah Heng, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon Central, was nominated as President.
- In 2003, Mr. Ong Ah Heng assumed the role of Advisor to BAS, and Mr. Wee Siew Kim, Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC (Jalan Kayu Branch), took over as President.
- To develop basketball as the team sport of choice in terms of participation, public interest and sports excellence
- To increase participation at all levels
- To develop the game to a competitive elite sport
- To rejuvenate interests and contribute to the pride and economy of our nation
Management Committee 2019 - 2021
Mr Tan Tiong Chen (陈忠政)
Mr Kwang Hock Soon (官福顺)
Mr Tan Jong See (陈永墀)
Mr Ong Peng Kiat (王秉杰)
Mr Glen Chua (蔡振宏)