Following a 45-year ban on high school basketball state championship tournaments in New York State, the State Education Department granted approval in 1978 for the first boys Federation tournament to be conducted on an experimental basis.

The original boys tournament was named the Super Sixteen tournament, as the four associations (NYSPHSAA, PSAL, CHSAA and NYSAISAA) competed in four classes, based primarily on student-body size. The four classes were called AAA, AA, A and B in 1979. From 1981 through 2003, the four classes were called A, B, C and D. In September 2000, the tournament became known as the Federation Tournament of Champions. Beginning with the 2004 tournament, competition has been held in three classes (AA, A and B). The first Girls Federation basketball tournament was held in 1982 at Union College, Schenectady, NY. The girls’ tournament then moved to various other sites including the Adirondack Community College, Queensbury High School, and Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY. In 1995, the Federation voted to merge its two tournaments bringing both boys and girls state championships to the Cool Insuring Arena (formerly, Glens Falls Civic Center) in Glens Falls, NY.

Top Ranking Schools

1Long Island Lutheran (Brookville)71981, 1982, 1994, 1997, 2009, 2011, 2012
2Collegiate (NYC)62008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016
2Rice (NYC)61994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2009
4Mount Vernon51991, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2011
4Nichols (Buffalo)51985, 1986, 1990, 1995, 2010
6Abraham Lincoln (Brooklyn)41995, 2003, 2007, 2008
6Christ the King (Middle Village)41989, 2010, 2013, 2014
6Jamesville-Dewitt41990, 2004, 2008, 2018
9Our Saviour Lutheran (Bronx)31981, 1983, 1987
9Peekskill31996, 2006, 2007
9Nottingham (Syracuse)31982, 1987, 1991
9Turner-Carroll (Buffalo)31988, 1998, 1999