Entries open for the 2018/19 NBL season

Basketball England is pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries for the 2018/19 NBL season. After a brilliant 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, there will be 14 teams in NBL Division 1 and 12 teams in NBL Division Two, with WNBL Division One also remaining at 12 teams. We will be accepting a limited number of entries into NBL Division Four to ensure that there is an adequate provision of officials across the NBL and some competitions, such as the National Trophy and Patrons Cup, will be moving from an early season slot into a pre-Christmas November/December window. This will allow teams to play a full strength team in these competitions and league fixtures can begin earlier in the year.

A number of changes have also been proposed for the JNR. NBL.  A regionally based Under 13 age group competition will be added to the Jnr. NBL structure with leagues running from October to March. Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 Male Premier divisions will now be split into a North, Midlands and South of between 10 and 12 teams to limit travel and reduce costs whilst encouraging more competitive basketball to be played throughout the season.

The changes detailed above plus many others are soon to be finalised but there is still time to feedback on what has been proposed. For more on the plans for 2018/19 and how to contact us, please click here.

Better Safeguarding Provision and Insurance

Basketball England will continue pushing the sport forward and have a number of key improvements planned for the next 12 months. We will continue to improve our safeguarding and welfare provision to make sure the sport is as safe and accessible as possible. That will include embedding safeguarding practice at a regional level, creating a youth engagement programme and further improvements to our screening & vetting processes for people within the game. This will ensure that relevant qualifications and training are in place and minimum standards are met. We want to help our clubs to deliver best practice and will be providing additional training and support this season.

In addition, Basketball England has increased clubs’ and members’ public liability insurance cover from £5m to £10m, keeping all our participants ahead of the recommended industry standards for cover.

More and Better Coaches

All of our coaches will be able to benefit from a redefined pathway which will include significant education for all coaches within the game, including the NBL, to improve the standards of key areas such as injury prevention, player management and development, nutrition, technical ability and more. Linked to this will be enhanced development for talent coaches as part of the approved changes to our current talent pathway. As part of this talent work we’ll also have significant support for club coaches regarding how to work with talented athletes, including the use of technology and video analysis and an increased emphasis on embracing the club network to be a bigger part of the talent system.

More and Better Officials

In order to service the ever growing and improving competitions in the sport, there will be a sizable drive to recruit and upskill both table officials and referees across the country. We will be upgrading and revamping the officiating curriculum to create more and better officials to support everything we have planned in the NBL and beyond.

Supporting and Developing Clubs

In response to feedback, we are going to significantly strengthen the way we support clubs and their development. We are going to provide help to all our clubs, regardless of their level, with assistance in finding sources of funding and becoming more sustainable. There will be new guidance created on how to build partnerships with facility providers to tap into shared resources and create better working relationships between clubs and venues. Finally, there will be an online club support centre created that houses best practice on common issues, providing guidance on recruiting players and staff and securing venues and court time.

Women and Girls Campaign

In addition to all of this, we will be addressing the disparity between male and female participation in playing, coaching and officiating and will be running a series of campaigns to increase awareness and accessibility. We will be engaging our clubs in the process. We will also be looking to recruit more coaches and officials from under-represented groups and news of these campaigns will follow in due course.

Adjustments to Fees

Following careful consideration, the Basketball England Board has agreed a modest increase to the team entry fees for the 2018/19 season. This is the first price rise for team entry fees senior level in 15 years and the first price rise for team entry fees at junior level in 8 years.

The board has also confirmed some modest increases to our membership and registration fees for NBL competition in 2018/19. The reason for the modest increase in prices is to ensure that the upgrades we have made in the last year, coupled with the improvements to be made going forward, are sustainable in the long term and we are sure that you will agree the cost of entry and registration still remain good value for money over the course of a season.

For a detailed breakdown on NBL fees for the 2018/19 season, please click here.

Sign Up for 2018/19

We’re excited for another great season of National League basketball next year as the game continues to improve for all. For links on how to enter your team for 2018/19, please use the buttons below.