NBL entries open as all membership fees are frozen for 2020/21

Basketball England is pleased to announce a freeze to membership and licence fees ahead of the 2020/21 season.

We are also accepting applications for the upcoming NBL campaign, with details available below on how teams can now enter.

With every part of the basketball community still feeling the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, all membership fees will be locked in at their current levels for another 12 months. This includes membership prices for local league players, coaches and officials as well as additional licences for anyone taking part in the NBL and Jnr. NBL.

The affiliation fee for all clubs has also remained the same, at £60 for a senior club and £45 for a junior club.

Team Solent Kestrels claimed a league and cup double in 2019/20 before an early end to the season due to COVID-19.

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In addition, NBL team entry fees will be staggered for the first time and split into smaller payments. This has been offered as a result of the ongoing difficulties that Coronavirus has caused for clubs and to reflect the need for increased flexibility should the COVID-19 situation change in the coming months.

Should the NBL season become significantly delayed, we will aim to be as flexible as possible with any remaining instalments. This could include changing the dates for payment or potentially splitting the fees up into smaller instalments where possible.

In order to anticipate any further impact that COVID-19 could have on the new season, we have created an appendix to the usual NBL regulations that can be viewed using the button below. It includes details on a potential part or full season cancellation, how the new flexible entry fees will be staggered, and how teams can apply to take a sabbatical from the league for 2020/21 without withdrawing.

Basketball England’s Chief Executive Stewart Kellett said: “It is a real positive to be able to open up the NBL to all our clubs for 2020/21.

“Planning for the upcoming season has been no easy feat for the organisation or for our clubs and members, and given the current circumstances, we believe there needs to be flexibility in both our fees and procedures.

“With the publication of the Basketball England Return to Play Roadmap and the ongoing relaxation of measures by the Government, we’re hoping everyone can be safely back on court as soon as possible.”

Below are a number of links to documents that may be of interest to teams entering in 2020/21 (most of them are appendices to the new season's rules and regulations).

The full NBL rules and regulations document will be released in the coming weeks, but a list of changes from 2019/20 has been included below for reference.

Due to the current furlough situation within the organisation, if you have any questions about the entry process or the documents in this article, please direct all correspondence on NBL entries to nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk to ensure your query is picked up as quickly as possible.

 

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Teams wishing to enter the NBL for the first time should click the button below to be aware of the requirements before entering the league. This includes contacting your local Regional Talent Manager (RTM) to discuss your team’s entry.

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