F.A.Q's.

 

 

Q. What’s the earliest time a junior game can tip off and what’s the latest it can tip off +

A. For Junior Leagues, matches shall commence no earlier than 11am on a Saturday or Sunday, and no later than 6pm on a Saturday or 5pm on a Sunday. In addition, times should mean that no junior team gets home later than 10pm on a Saturday or 9pm on a Sunday. Weekday game times must be agreed by both teams and are subject to Basketball England approval. Exceptions to this are triple header matches, where earlier tip times may be proposed by mutual consent and subject to approval by Basketball England. Any tip times outside these rules requires special authorisation from Basketball England. If you want to apply for this, please email nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk with the subject line ‘Application for special authorisation for tip time’.

Q. What’s the earliest time a senior game can tip off and what’s the latest it can tip off? +

A. For Senior Leagues, matches shall commence no earlier than 1pm and no later than 8pm on a Saturday and no earlier than 1pm and no later than 5pm on a Sunday. In addition, Normally, no Team shall be required to undertake a weekend fixture that does not enable its Players to arrive back at their home base/meeting place by midnight on Sunday, unless otherwise agreed. Weekday games must commence between 7.30pm and 8pm. Exceptions to this are triple header matches and televised matches, where alternative tip times may be proposed by mutual consent and subject to approval by Basketball England. If you want to apply for this, please email nationalleague@basketballengland.co.ukwith the subject line ‘Application for special authorisation for tip time’.

Q. Can a game take place midweek +

A. Yes with mutual agreement with your opposition.

Q. How do I find out who is officiating my senior league game? +

A. For those games where Basketball England appoints your officials, please follow our instructions on using the Assignr system here.

Q: Why when my club has two senior teams playing back to back games, are the appointed officials different +

The process when doing officiating appointments is that we try to limit the amount of games where referees have to do two games in a day. The reason for this is that performance is often not as strong in the second game as in the first, but this also takes opportunities away for other referees to receive senior national league appointments.

Whilst we appreciate clubs' concerns regarding extra the cost for having four referees as opposed to two, the better service we can provide is what we are aiming for.

Q. How do I find officials to officiate my junior game. +

A. Please contact info@basketballengland.co.uk to request a list of officials, or alternatively request to speak to the Delivery Team-Infrastructure by calling 0300 600 1170.

Q. What happens if a referee or table official doesn’t turn up for a match? +

A. The following regulations from the 2017/18 NBL Handbook apply to late or absent referees and table officials:

44 Failure to Arrive / Delay

44.1 All Match Officials must ensure that they are present at the venue 1 hour prior to the scheduled tip off time and ensure that they are present on the playing court 20 minutes prior to the scheduled tip off time.

44.2 If the Referee and/or Umpire has failed to arrive at the appointed venue 45 minutes before the scheduled Tip off time, and no communication has been received by the Commissioner or the match organisers as to the reason for late arrival, the Commissioner/Referee and organisers shall take the following steps to ensure that a substitute official is found in order that the Match can take place:

44.2.1 where another suitably qualified referee is at the venue or in the immediate vicinity, inform such person that their services may be required; or

44.2.2 if there are no suitably qualified referees available, decide who shall be the second official; or

44.2.3 if it is the Referee who has failed to arrive, the Umpire shall become the Referee and the substitute official will be the Umpire; or

44.2.4 If no substitute official can be located, and taking into account the principle that all Matches are to be played, the Match shall go ahead with the sole Match Official in total charge.

44.3 Should both Match Officials fail to arrive, the Commissioner (if present) and the Court Manager will follow Regulations 44.2.1 to 44.2.4 (inclusive) as far as possible, in order for the Match to take place.

44.4 The Commissioner and the Team Representatives, having been informed that one or both of the floor officials are on their way and that they will arrive before the scheduled Tip off time will decide, bearing in mind the distance being travelled by the absent Match Official(s), whether they will be allowed to officiate.

44.5 Once a Match Official is substituted, this shall not normally be changed, even if the designated Match Official(s) arrives. The same two Match Officials shall continue throughout the Match. The Commissioner/Referee shall have discretion to dis-apply this Regulation 44.5 in exceptional circumstances.

44.6 In accordance with the rules of the Match, all Table Officials must be present at the scorer's table 30 minutes prior to the start of the Match. If a Table Official is not present at the scorer's table 30 minutes prior to the scheduled Tip off time without prior communication as to the reason for the delay (travel delay/unforeseen circumstances), the Commissioner or Court Manager should take the necessary steps to appoint suitable replacements.

44.7 If a Table Official has failed to arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled starting time, and if no communication has been received by the organisers the following procedure should be adopted:

44.7.1 If another suitably qualified table official is at the venue or in the immediate vicinity he/she shall be informed that their services may be required;

44.7.2 If there is no suitably qualified Table Official available, the Commissioner, in consultation with the Referee shall decide who shall be the replacement Table Official;

44.7.3 If the Table Official fails to arrive by the time the Referee signals three minutes, then the substitute official will be the timekeeper; or

44.7.4 Once the Table Official is substituted this shall not normally be changed, even if the designated Table Official(s) arrives.

44.8 In the event of injury to or illness of a Match Official during the course of a Match, the Commissioner and/or Referee may appoint a substitute at their discretion in accordance with the procedure set out in Regulation 44.2.1 to 44.2.4 (inclusive) above.

Q. What’s the minimum amount of warm up time needed? +

A. The Away Team must be allowed a minimum of 15 minutes warm up time.

Q. What numbers can I have on my kit? +

A. Each team member shall wear a shirt numbered on the front and back with plain numbers, of a solid colour contrasting with the colour of the shirt. The numbers shall be clearly visible and teams shall use numbers 0 and 00 and from 1 to 99.

Q. Can I wear under garments under my kit, including leggings? +

A. Our NBL competition rules are in line with FIBA Official Rules of Basketball, so we only permit the following undergarments and accessories:

▬ Shoulder, upper arm, thigh or lower leg protective equipment if the material is sufficiently padded.

▬ Arm compression sleeves of the same dominant colour as the shirts, or black, or white, but all players on the team must wear the same colour.

▬ Leg compression sleeves of the same dominant colour as the shorts, or black, or white

▬ Headgear of the same dominant colour as the shirts, or black, or white, but all players on the team must wear the same colour.  The headgear shall not cover any part of the face entirely or partially (eyes, nose, lips etc.) and shall not be dangerous to the player wearing it and/or to other players. The headgear shall not have opening/closing elements around the face and/or neck and shall not have any parts extruding from its surface.

▬ Knee braces if they are properly covered.

▬ Protector for an injured nose, even if made of a hard material.

▬ Non-coloured transparent mouth guard.

▬ Spectacles, if they do not pose a danger to other players.

▬ Wristbands, maximum of 10 cm wide textile material of the same dominant colour as the shirts, or black, or white

▬ Taping of arms, shoulders, legs etc. of the same dominant colour as the shirts, or black, or white

▬ Ankle braces of transparent colour, or black, or white We do not permit the following:

▬ Finger, hand, wrist, elbow or forearm guards, casts or braces made of leather, plastic, pliable (soft) plastic, metal or any other hard substance, even if covered with soft padding.

▬ Objects that could cut or cause abrasions (fingernails must be closely cut).

▬ Hair accessories and jewellery.

Q. How can I obtain my insurance certificate? +

A. To view or print your insurance certificate, log in to your club through the membership system, and then in the top right hand corner of the ‘basic information’ page, click on ‘print club insurance’. More information about the insurers, including claim contact details, are available here.

Q. Do table officials and referees have to be registered to officiate a game? +

A. Yes, all match officials must be registered with Basketball England to officiate a game

Q. What is the Referee and table official uniform? +

A. Referees in National Competitions must wear the official Basketball England referee uniform, and table officials must wear either the official Basketball England table official uniform or a plain red top. Links to purchase official Basketball England referee and table official uniforms can be found in the Basketball England shop here.

Q. What is the minimum amount of players required to compete in a game? +

A. We require you field a minimum of 8 players to compete in a game. The maximum number of players per team in a game is 12.

Q. How do I update a result? +

A. You can update results using our Game Day system. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.

Q. How do I see my licence cards? +

A. You can access license cards using our Game Day system. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.

Q. Do I need to confirm a fixture with my opponent prior to the game? +

A. All games need to be confirmed up to 2 weeks prior to the game, if this doesn’t happen, it doesn’t mean it isn’t going ahead, just that this process hasn’t been followed, buit both teams can confirm a game to take place, please see below the regulation on this:

22.6 The Home Team must confirm all details with the Away Team at least two weeks before the Match and the Away Team must acknowledge such confirmation. If confirmation hasn’t been received by the away team in under two weeks prior to the fixture, the game will still go ahead and the away team must make contact with the home team to establish if the details of the fixture is per the Basketball England Website (after 31st August). If the game was to be postponed it must be mutually agreed in line with regulation 23.4

Q. I need to change a National League fixture, how do I do this? +

A. We have published the final National League fixture schedules here. To change a fixture:

  • Fixture changes must be approved by both your team and your opponent’s team.
  • Please complete this form and submit it to nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk. There must be a good reason for your fixture change in order for us to approve it. In such cases, where a change is approved, the Club responsible for the change shall be liable to pay an administrative charge of £25.00 for each match changed and/or rearranged.
Q. How do I postpone a National League fixture? +

A. This depends on how long you have to go before the game takes place. Guidance is given for different time frames below, and please read our National League Regulations for full details of the regulations surrounding postponements. Failure to follow these processes and the National League regulations can result in fines, games awarded to opponents and/or league point deductions.

  • If the postponement is more than 72 hours before the game is due to tip off, you MUST:
    • Inform your opponent immediately to arrange postponement and/or agree on a rearranged date
    • In the case of Junior National League, contact your officials to let them know of the postponement. For Senior National League games, we will notify the officials.
    • Follow our fixture change process by filling out this form and submitting it to nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk. There is a charge of £25 for each game changed. The exceptions to this are if the venue cancelled for reasons out of your control, or you had to cancel due to adverse weather conditions, unforeseen road closures or unforeseen breakdowns. Evidence for these reasons is required.
    • Agree a date for the rescheduled match with your opponent within 14 days of the cancellation.
  • If the cancellation is less than 72 hours but more than 24 hours before the game is due to tip off, you MUST:
    • Inform your opponent as soon as possible and email nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk to let us know about the postponement. Your postponement will be referred to the Competition Review Panel and you may be charged, your game awarded to your opponent and/or league points deducted. The exceptions to this are if the venue cancelled for reasons out of your control, or you had to cancel due to adverse weather conditions, unforeseen road closures or unforeseen breakdowns. Evidence for these reasons is required.
    • In the case of Junior National League, contact your officials to let them know of the postponement. For Senior National League games, we will notify the officials if informed before 5pm on the Friday before a weekend game. If the notification comes after 5pm on a Friday before a weekend game, it is your responsibility to notify officials.
    • Agree a date for the rescheduled match with your opponent within 14 days of the cancellation.
  • If the cancellation is less than 24 hours before the game is due to tip off, you MUST:
    • Inform your opponent as soon as possible and email nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk to let us know about the postponement. Your postponement will be referred to the Competition Review Panel and you may be charged, your game awarded to your opponent and/or league points deducted. The exceptions to this are if the venue cancelled for reasons out of your control, or you had to cancel due to adverse weather conditions, unforeseen road closures or unforeseen breakdowns. Evidence for these reasons is required.
    • For ALL types of games, contact your officials to let them know of the postponement. If any officials have already started to travel, the home team will pay these expenses.
    • Agree a date for the rescheduled match with your opponent within 14 days of the cancellation.
Q. My fixture was postponed or cancelled at late notice by the other team, can I claim any venue or travel costs? +

A. Yes, if your fixture was postponed or cancelled less than 72 hours before tip off, you can make a claim of up to £75.00 for a Senior Fixture and £50.00 for a Junior Fixture, covering facility hire and travel expenses. You must provide evidence such as receipts or bookings to claim and you must submit your claim no more than 7 days after the game was due to take place. The amount awarded is at the discretion of Basketball England and the compensation will be deducted from the fine issued by Basketball England, and will only be compensated once the fine has been paid in full from the offending team. The full process for making claims is outlined in our National League Regulations.

Q. My venue have cancelled for reasons outside my control, so my game cannot go ahead as planned – what shall I do? +

A. This depends on how long you have to go before the game takes place. Guidance is given for different time frames below, and please read our National League Regulations for full details of the regulations surrounding postponements. You will need to get confirmation of the cancellation from the venue owner. Failure to obtain this evidence or to follow the guidance below or National League Regulations may result in fines, awarding of games to your opponent, and/or league point deductions.

 

  • If the cancellation is more than 72 hours before the game is due to tip off, you MUST:
    • Inform your opponent immediately to arrange postponement and/or agree on a rearranged date
    • In the case of Junior National League, contact your officials to let them know of the postponement. For Senior National League games, we will notify the officials.
    • Follow our fixture change process by filling out this form and submitting it to nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk. You will not be charged for this fixture change as long as you can provide proof of cancellation by the venue – for example a cancellation email or letter from the venue with full contact details included. If no proof is provided, your postponement will be referred to the Competition Review Panel and you may be charged, your game awarded to your opponent and/or league points deducted.
    • Agree a date for the rescheduled match with your opponent within 14 days of the cancellation.
  • If the cancellation is less than 72 hours but more than 24 hours before the game is due to tip off, you MUST:
    • Inform your opponent as soon as possible and email nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk to let us know about the postponement. You will not be charged for this fixture change as long as you can provide proof of cancellation by the venue – for example a cancellation email or letter from the venue with full contact details included. If no proof is provided, your postponement will be referred to the Competition Review Panel and you may be charged, your game awarded to your opponent and/or league points deducted.
    • In the case of Junior National League, contact your officials to let them know of the postponement. For Senior National League games, we will notify the officials if informed before 5pm on the Friday before a weekend game. If the notification comes after 5pm on a Friday before a weekend game, it is your responsibility to notify officials.
    • Agree a date for the rescheduled match with your opponent within 14 days of the cancellation.
  • If the cancellation is less than 24 hours before the game is due to tip off, you MUST:
    • Inform your opponent as soon as possible and email nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk to let us know about the postponement. You will not be charged for this fixture change as long as you can provide proof of cancellation by the venue – for example a cancellation email or letter from the venue with full contact details included. If no proof is provided, your postponement will be referred to the Competition Review Panel and you may be charged, your game awarded to your opponent and/or league points deducted.
    • Contact your officials to let them know of the postponement. If any officials have already started to travel, the home team will pay these travel expenses.
    • Agree a date for the rescheduled match with your opponent within 14 days of the cancellation.
Q. I cannot play a game due to extreme weather conditions, a breakdown or road delays – what shall I do? +

A. Guidance is given below, please read our National League Regulations for full details of the regulations surrounding postponements. In the case of road delays or breakdowns, Basketball England may ask for confirmation or proof of the travel that was intended, type of vehicle used, and details of the breakdown, including any roadside assistance. Failure to obtain this evidence or to follow the guidance below or National League Regulations may result in fines, awarding of games to your opponent, and/or league point deductions.

 

If you are the HOME TEAM and you cannot make a game due to extreme weather conditions, a breakdown or road delays, you MUST:

  • Inform your opponent as soon as possible and email nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk as soon as possible to let us know about the situation.
  • Contact your officials to let them know of the situation. If any officials have already started to travel, the home team will pay these travel expenses.
  • Agree a date for the rescheduled match with your opponent within 14 days of the cancellation.
  • Cover the costs of court hire when the match is rearranged.

 

If you are the AWAY TEAM and you cannot make a game due to extreme weather conditions, a breakdown or road delays, you MUST:

  • Inform your opponent as soon as possible and email nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk as soon as possible to let us know about the situation.
  • Agree a date for the rescheduled match with your opponent within 14 days of the cancellation.
  • Cover the costs of court hire when the match is rearranged.
  • Be aware that if you forfeit the game, the Home Club may make a compensation claim to cover cancelled facilities.
Q. I cannot agree with my opponent over who is responsible for a postponement and/or the value of any costs relating to a postponement, what shall I do? +

A. You must contact Basketball England immediately at nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk about the dispute and we will resolve this within 7 days. We may ask for evidence to confirm a valid reason for postponement, such as breakdown, road delays or venue cancellation.

Q. I cannot agree on a date with my opponent for a rearranged fixture, what shall I do +

A. In the event that, within fourteen days of the date of the original match postponement, two clubs fail to reach an agreement as to when a match shall take place, Basketball England may specify the date and time of the match and the team responsible for the postponement shall be liable to pay the relevant administrative charge set out in the National League Regulations.

Q. How does a player officially transfer from one club to another? +

A. We need consent from the player before they can play for a new team. A player needs to inform Basketball England directly of the club they wish to transfer to. They can do this by either ringing us on 0300 600 1170 or emailing us at nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk. In the case of players under the age of 18, the player’s parent should do this on their behalf. Once we have this permission from the player, they can register with the new club as normal.

Q. How do I input my results and top scorers after a game, and what happens if I don’t do this? +

A. You must update your results using our Game Day system no later than 24 hours after a game finishes. Instructions on how to do this can be found here. If you fail to input your results and/or top scorers, you may be liable for a fine in line with the National League regulations.

Q. Why does it take longer to process the registration of senior players from outside the UK, or players who played abroad last season? +

A. FIBA regulations require that we undertake special processes around international basketball transfers. These processes include obtaining a letter of clearance from the National Basketball Federation of the country where the player last played basketball. We have to allow other federations at least 7 working days to provide this letter of clearance. Therefore the MINIMUM time between you registering an international player and them being licensed to play will be 10 working days.

Q. Why does it take longer to process the registration of junior players born outside the UK? +

A. FIBA regulations specify that players can only be licensed by one national basketball federation at a time. Therefore, young players need to be fully informed of any situation which may restrict their ability to play basketball in their country of residency or birth, and show us they agree with any restrictions their registration may impose. If they have played basketball abroad we may also need to contact the national basketball federation in the country they played in to obtain a letter of clearance. We have to allow other federations at least 7 working days to provide this letter of clearance. These process take longer than a standard registration and therefore the MINIMUM time between you registering a junior player born outside the UK and them being licensed to play will be 10 working days.

Q. A player wants to play this weekend, I have tried to register them but they don’t yet have a license number, what can we do? +

A. If you have registered a player but they do not yet have a license number, there could be several reasons for this. Please check the reasons below and follow the instructions if any apply to the player.

  • We have not yet received payment for the player’s license. To check this, look at the registration form the player is on, and check there is no outstanding balance. If you have paid via BACS and not sent us notification of payment to nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk, we cannot guarantee that your payment will be updated on the system.
  • We have not yet received valid ID for the player. This could apply to us not having received any ID at all, the ID not matching the player’s registration details, or the ID not being valid.
  • We have not yet received a self-declaration. If a player has a connection with another country, whether through birth, residency or having played basketball there before, we may require a self-declaration that they want to play in this country and be licensed by Basketball England.
  • We have not yet received international clearance. If the player is not a UK national or has previously played in another country, we need to give the national basketball federation of their country of birth, or the country they previously played in, 7 working days to provide a letter of clearance.
  • The player was registered less than 5 working days before they need to play. We cannot guarantee a completed registration and license for a game day if the registration of the player was made less than 5 working days prior to the game day.

For further information about registrations or to query a registration, please contact our customer service team on 0300 600 1170. Please be aware that our customer service team cannot speed up or bypass mandatory processes such as international clearance or ID verification.

Q. What are the fineable offences in the Basketball England National League? +

A.

Offence

Penalty

 

Failure to provide qualified and licensed Table Officials: (Regulation 41)

£25 per official and possible disciplinary action for the club

 

Forfeiture of fixture: (Regulation 24)

Senior:

See Regulation 24

 

Junior:

£100 - 1st offence

£200 - subsequent

 

Failure to attend the pre Match meeting and/or late arrival of team for pre Match meeting
(5 players): (Regulation 26.5)

 

£50

Failure to email Scoresheet as required: (Regulations 30.1 and 30.6 as applicable)

£40 - 1st offence

£60 - 2nd offence

1 Pts deduction – subsequent

 

Failure to upload or send FIBA LiveStats game file as required: (Regulation 30.2)

£40 - 1st offence

£100 - 2nd offence

1 Pts deduction – subsequent

 

Failure to update result service: (Regulations 30.4 and 30.5 as applicable)

 

£15 - 1st offence

£30 – subsequent

Failure to provide refreshments where required: (Regulation 21.6)

£50

 

 

Failure to field 8 players: (Regulations 31.1)

£50

 

Failure to provide scoreboard / 24 seconds device: (Regulations 34.1 & 34.2)

£100

 

 

Failure to provide adequate stewarding: (Regulations 32.8)

£50

 

 

Fielding an Ineligible Participant: 
(Regulations 17.9.4)

Minimum £500 plus consideration by the Competitions Review Panel

 

Failure to ensure branding & numbering shirts/court: (National Basketball League Standards)

 

£25 per offence

Team arriving on the playing court up to 15 minutes after the scheduled tip off time: (Regulations 22.7)

 

£50

 

Q. How have the National League regulations changed since last season (2016/17)? +

A.

  • Players will now not go through the disciplinary procedure if they gain two technical fouls, two unsportsmanlike fouls, or a comination of both, once a player is disqualified from the game for this and the game finishes no further action is taken against the player for these actions only.

 

  • 24.9      Any League Match not fulfilled within the Regular Season will be declared void and the Club responsible for the original postponement will be liable to a fine for non fulfilment of the said fixture in accordance with Regulation 24.2. In all senior and junior leagues a 4 point deduction will be applied

 

  • 40.2      For senior competitions, all Referees and Umpires will be appointed by Basketball England for each Match.

 

  • In all competitions, the Home Club shall be responsible for paying the Referee and Umpire match fees and expenses as set out in Appendix 3.

 

  • HMRC expects all payments to officials be made by bank transfer or cheque. All officials are responsible for paying their own taxes and National Insurance and must comply with HMRC regulations.

 

  • Payments to officials by BACS must be paid within 7 clear working days of conclusion of the match. 

 

  • Payments to officials made in cheque or cash must be made prior to the match.

 

  • Any failed payments will result in disciplinary action against the club in line with regulation
Q. An Under 18 player is ejected from a game for two unsportsmanlike fouls/disqualifying fouls, what action should be taken? +

A. In a usual senior game, the player will be asked to leave the court and possible the venue. For an Under 18, safeguarding this player should be the top priority. If the parent/guardian(s) of the player are in attendance, then responsibility for the welfare of the player should transfer to them and they should remove the player from the court. If the parent/guardian(s) are not in attendance, then the responsibility for the player is with their team who should supervise the player who has been ejected until the parent/guardian(s) arrives to collect them. The person who holds responsibility for the player must hold an enhanced DBS check and have undergone safeguarding training, this could be the Assistant Coach, Team Manager, or Team Follower (whomever they see fit). If there is only a Head Coach in attendance at the game, then discussions must be had with the officials and the opposing team to agree that the player stays on the bench or side-line.

 

The safety of Under 18 players is paramount and must be put first in any decision made.

Q. A coach of an Under 18’s team has another game at another venue with another team shortly after and needs to leave, what should be the priority/action taken? +

A. The priority here is the safety of the players. At no point should they be left in the venue without any adult supervision. If the coach needs to leave then the assistant coach, team manager/follower or responsible adult (who holds an enhanced DBS check and safeguarding training) should be nominated to look after the players until they have all left/been picked up by their parent/guardian(s).

Q. I have been suspended for a few games, can I still attend games as a spectator? +

A. Yes you can. If you are attending a game that involves parties that were involved within your disciplinary, it would be best to not attend the game with those parties involved. If you intend to or know that that party are planning to attend, we strongly recommend the following action is taken:

  • Do not approach any of the parties involved
  • If any the parties involved in the disciplinary do approach yourself, politely remind them why you are at the game and remove yourself from the situation
  • If remarks/comments are made, keep emotions out of your response. It is best to walk away and not say anything.
  • Keep account of any comments made and any witness’ who can corroborate any statements made and send these into Discipline@basketballengland.co.uk with the topic relating to the case.