National Basketball League 2017/18 FAQs

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.uk with 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 change a fixture?
A. We have now published the final fixture schedules here. You will need to fill out the following form if you want to make a fixture change:
Fixture changes must be approved by both your team and your opponent’s team.
If you complete this form and submit it to nationaleague@basketballengland.co.uk before 31 August, we will consider this and change if appropriate at no cost. Any fixture changes required after 31 August (times as well as dates) will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. 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 all senior and age group Matches changed and/or rearranged.
Q. How do I find out who is officiating my game?
A. For those games where Basketball England appoints your officials, please follow our instructions on using the Assignr system here
Q. How do I find officials to officiate my game?
A. For those leagues where Basketball England does not appoint your officials, and you need to find people to officiate your games, please contact the person managing your league or regional structure. If you don’t know who this is, please contact info@basketballengland.co.uk to find out 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, but all players on the team must wear the same colour.
▬ 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, but all players on the team must wear
the same colour.
▬ Taping of arms, shoulders, legs etc. of the same dominant colour as the
shirts, or black, or white, but all players on the team must wear the same
colour.
▬ Ankle braces of transparent colour, or black, or white, but all players on the
team must wear the same colour.
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 14.
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 reulation 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 postpone a game, what is the process?
A. Please contact your opposition with 72 hours of the game as per regulation 23.4, this regulation also explains that if it is not within this time scale the process of this postponement. If the game is cancelled on the day of the game the home team are responsible for cancelling the officlas for that gamne in question, in line with regulation 23.5
24.3 Where a Club is responsible for the postponement of a scheduled Match (within 72 hours of the tip off) or does not fulfil a fixture, without the consent of its opponents, the Competitions Review Panel may issue a fine no greater than the maximum amount set out above. In addition, the Match in question will be awarded to the non-offending Team 20 – 0 and such number of league points as the Competitions Review panel shall determine (in its sole discretion) may be deducted. Compensation may be sought from non offending team, for any charges that may be incurred due to the late cancellation of the game in line with this regulation, maximum amount that can be claimed is up to £75.00 for a Senior Fixture and £50.00 for a Junior Fixture, only facility hire and travel expenses can be taken into consideration and evidence of the cost associated must be proved. 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. Any compensation claim must include evidence of costs and must be submitted within 7 days of the date of the scheduled Match.
Should the issue be due to a venue cancelling the booking please see the regulation below:
23.8 Where a Club is responsible for the postponement of a scheduled Match (up to 24 hours prior to the Tip off time) due to the venue owner’s cancelling the court booking, the Match must be rescheduled within fourteen days of the postponement. Confirmation from the venue that the original booking was cancelled by the venue owner must be provided. Failure to provide confirmation from the venue owner will result in consideration of the matter by the Competitions Review Panel, who shall be entitled to award the Match to the opposition.
In event of the cancellation due to severe Weather conditions
23.9 In the event that a Match is postponed due to severe weather conditions, unforeseen road delays or breakdowns:
23.9.1 the travelling expenses (if applicable) of all the Match Officials will be paid by the Home Team;
23.9.2 the Team responsible for the postponement of the Match shall be liable for the costs of court hire where such Match is re-arranged for a later date. In the case of a forfeit, the Home Club may make a compensation claim as set out in Regulation 24.4 below;
23.9.3 the responsibility for notifying Match Officials of a postponement rests with the Home Club;
23.9.4 any dispute over the Team responsible for the postponement and/or the amount of any costs will be resolved by Basketball England within 7 days;
23.9.5 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.
Q. How long do we have to re-arrange a postponed game?
A. 23.6 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 Regulation 23.4.2 above
Q. I’m a coach and my registration form wont submit because I need to send my DBS check and Safeguarding certificate to you. Why has that happened?
A. This season, we require all coaches registering with Basketball England to provide us with a copy of their DBS check and their safeguarding certificate. If you don’t
have a safeguarding certificate but you are booked on a course, we can help you with that as well. We can also help you get a DBS check, if you need one.
Send an email to safeguarding@basketballengland.co.uk and our team will be able to help you get registered.