Basketball England is pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries for the 2019/20 National Basketball League season. After an excellent campaign over the last year and some truly memorable end of season events at the National Basketball Performance Centre, Basketball England is eager to continue enhancing the competition across the country for all involved.
National League Enhancements
As part of the structure for next season, the feedback from the League and Competitions Advisory Group, end of season NBL club survey and the consultation undertaken with member clubs last week, several changes will take effect for the Senior NBL competitions.
The first of the changes this season will see Division 2 Men becoming two leagues, with a North and South league providing a more competitive format with less travel. Secondly, Division 3 and 4 will be merged to limit travel for clubs by having more local competition of a similar standard which will also improve the competitiveness of the competitions.
Finally, the Men’s National Trophy, Patrons Cup and National Shield will be removed from the competitions, following a resounding message from the consultation, to allow for a less congested season, trying to steer away from double header weekends, reducing costs for clubs to participate across the competitions and to put the focus onto the League, National Cup and Playoffs.
For the JNR. NBL changes for the new season will see the Under 12 regional leagues offering two categories for entry, one for mixed gender teams and the other a female only league. There will be a three-tiered structure for all Under 14 and Under 16 age group teams, with Premier, Conference and Regional leagues available. However, the Under 18 age group this will remain as only two tiers with the Premier and Conference.
Rule changes such as the introduction of the ‘All Must Play rule’ at the Under 14 Boys age group will be further scrutinised by the Leagues and Competitions Advisory Group and the Coaching Advisory Group. The groups will also look further into the role, purpose and make-up of the JNR. NBL play-offs.
Sign up for 2019/20
We’re excited for another great season of National League basketball as the game continues to improve for all. For links on how to enter your team for 2019/20, please use the buttons below. The deadline for all league is entries is Wednesday 12th June 2019 at 4pm.