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Gloucestershire Basket Ball League Rules

1. Finance

  1. The Gloucestershire Basketball Association (GBBA) will administer the Gloucestershire Basketball League (GBL)

  2. A guarantee fee of £25.00 shall be paid by each team which shall be held in trust and will be refunded on request at the time of a team's withdrawal from the league, subject to the deduction of any outstanding penalties etc.

  3. In addition to the £25.00 held in trust a further guarantee fee of £25.00 shall be paid by each team that incurs penalties in excess of £100 in any season as a guarantee of the administrative conduct for that team in the coming season.

  4. Should any such team incur penalties in excess of £100 in the ensuing season, the £50.00 guarantee fee shall be forfeited, and the team shall be required to furnish a further £100 guarantee fee for the following season.

  5. No team may compete in the full Gloucestershire Basketball League program unless the deposit is paid in full.

  6. A guarantee fee of £12.50 shall be paid by teams entering additional GBBA competitions from November to the end of May. The amount will be held in trust and will be refunded on request at the end of the competition programme.

  7. All penalties are to be made by electronic transfer into the GBBA bank account clearly stating the invoice number as the reference point. An email/text message should be sent to the League Administrator confirming payment has been made. If penalties are not paid within 30 days of the date of the notification, the penalty shall be increased by 50%.

  8. If after a further 14 days the penalty remains unpaid the team will lose their deposit or the amount equivalent to the outstanding penalty and be required to pay a further deposit and remainder of outstanding penalty.

  9. If the penalty and deposit remain outstanding after the 45-day period all games scheduled to be played will be suspended until all monies due are paid.

  10. The league entry fee shall be £80 which includes entry into the Charity Cup Competition

  11. The Handicap entry fee will be £30.00

2. Licenses

  1. Before any player may participate in a match organised by the GBBA, the player must be registered with Basketball England and have a valid license.

  2. Any team playing a player not licensed in the prescribed manner shall be deemed to have forfeited the match by default and shall be penalised by a penalty of £50.00.

  3. Each player's license number must be shown in the appropriate column of the official score sheet prior to the start of the game. Failure to comply will lead to a warning on the first instance, followed by a £25.00penalty for each subsequent breach of this rule.

    Please note; the above penalty has been suspended for season 18/19 in recognition of full compliance during season 17/18, however the committee reserve the right to reinstate should they observe an increase in breaches.

  4. Where a team, through unforeseen circumstances, needs to register a player with less than 12 hours' notice, the fee for registration shall initially be taken from the deposit held. The amount should be reimbursed to the GBBA within 24 hours of the registration request, with an email to the League Administrator confirming payment has been made.

  5. Teams may only seek to register a player in accordance with rule 2d above, a maximum of 3 times per season and only one player may be registered in this way at any one time.

  6. Clubs with more than one team must recognize their strongest team as their first team. They must then nominate their 6 "best" players when submitting their league entry form.

    These 6 players can then only play for the nominated team.

    The League will retain the right to request an amendment to the list if it is obvious that the status of a player has altered which deflects from the spirit of the rule.

    The process is repeated for all but the last team within the club.

    At the end of the process, any club player not nominated to a team, may play for any of the teams within their club, any number of times, during the league season.

  7. Once a player represents a team in a cup or handicap competition, they are excluded from playing for another team in the same cup competition.

3. Fixtures

  1. Gloucestershire Basketball League, Cup, Plate and Handicap Fixtures will be arranged by the Gloucestershire Basketball Association through the Gloucestershire Basketball League, taking into consideration dates indicated on the application form showing availability for games, either home or away.

  2. Teams should communicate with their venue to ensure they are appraised of any closure dates likely to fall within the GBL season as those must be included on the application form.

  3. All teams shall be attired according to the rules of Basketball England, i.e. each player shall be numbered on the front and back of his/her vest with numbers clearly visible front & back. Tee shirts are not to be worn under vests. One unnumbered vest is permissible.

  4. The latest acceptable tip-off time is 20:45

  5. In the event of a colour clash of declared colours, the home team shall change, unless a prior arrangement has been made between the two teams.

  6. In exceptional circumstances, the definition of which will be determined by the league, taking into account information known and the team's previous history, postponement of a fixture giving 8 weeks' notice will be considered without penalty

  7. A team wishing to postpone a game must first contact the opponents and, match officials to agree a new date and then make the request with new arrangements to the League Secretary

  8. Application to postpone a game with 8 weeks or more notice, will only be accepted if the team making the application are able to agree and provide a new date at the time the application to the league is made.

  9. The league reserves the right to deny such a request if it is clear that to do so would significantly impact on the ability to fit the rearranged fixture into the competition timetable or place the opposition at a significant disadvantage eg. number of additional games to be fitted into their schedule.

  10. Should it not be possible to do so the team unable to play would be deemed to have forfeited the match and the relevant penalty and point implication would be applied.

  11. Postponement of a game with less than 8 weeks' notice and more than 72 hours' notice will automatically be shown on the website as a forfeit.

  12. A penalty of £25.00 will be levied.

  13. If, within 48 hours of the request to postpone being made to the League Administrator in rule 3k above, the League Secretary is informed of an agreed rescheduled date and confirmation of match officials the forfeit status will be removed, however the penalty will remain.

  14. If the agreed new date is submitted to the League Administrator in the prescribed manner the fixtures secretary will reinstate the fixture.

  15. Once reinstated, the fixture becomes active again.

  16. Once the league has agreed a reschedule arrangement any subsequent postponement will result in an automatic forfeit attributed to the team requesting the postponement.

  17. A penalty of £50.00 for forfeiture of a scheduled game will be applied.

  18. If less than 72 hours' notice is given, a penalty of £50 will be levied and the match will automatically be recorded as forfeited.

  19. The league administrator should be copied into all communication between teams and officials. This will enable the league administrator to date stamp communication and agreements.

  20. The cost of court hire may be payable at the discretion of the GBBA Committee, following a claim by the home team, accompanied by the receipt for court hire. The claim must be made within 48 hours of the scheduled match start time.

  21. If a postponement is made on the same day as the match was due to be played, as well as the penalty described in rule 7s, a further penalty of £15 per allocated referee will be levied

  22. Where all parties attend the venue and one team is unable to field 5 players registered to that team, the match will be deemed to have been forfeited by the defaulting team.

    The match will be awarded to the opposition 20-0 and the appropriate penalty for forfeiture of a match will be applied.

  23. If, at the discretion of the referee(s), a 'friendly' match is played, it will not be counted as a league fixture, however officials should be paid in the normal way, eliminating the need for a claim.

4. Officials Expenses

  1. Claims from officials for expenses incurred due to the cancellation of a fixture may be submitted to the Committee for consideration. This claim must be made within 48 hours of the proposed start time using the official GBBA Expenses form ( can be found on the web site )

  2. If opponents or referees travel for a game which does not take place, their expenses and match fees will be paid. Referees fees and expenses should be paid by the team in attendance, who will subsequently be reimbursed, and the defaulting team invoiced.

  3. If a match is forfeited, in addition to the £50.00 forfeiture penalty the offending team will be given a £15.00 penalty for each referee appointed and where the teams regular and qualified table officials have been arranged, they may at their discretion make a claim direct to the League for fees of £5.00 each to be paid.

5. Forfeit Matches

In addition to all other arrangements ...

  1. The GBBA website will show all forfeited games as a 20-0 score against the offending team.

  2. a record of reasons provided will be held to establish whether the team, will have successfully completed 80% of their allocated matches within the season.

  3. Teams not fulfilling 80% of their published fixtures to the satisfaction of the league committee shall pay an additional deposit of £50 to enter the following season.

  4. Points will be awarded as follows -

    • Winning team: +3 points

    • Losing team: +1 point

    • Matches not played: 0 points

    • Team forfeiting a match: -1 point

6. Officials

  1. All GBL matches should be officiated by two Basketball England qualified referees. If only one referee is in attendance, wherever possible, a game should take place, and either team may appeal for the game to be replayed, if they believe that the result has been affected.

  2. Teams exclusively consisting of actively playing senior players must provide for the refereeing pool, at least two qualified referees. The GBL committee will determine the acceptability of nominated officials

  3. Any 'all junior' teams are exempt from providing qualified referees into the pool.

  4. Teams with 5 or less senior players, who have at least two junior players registered and regularly playing, and student teams, must provide one referee to the pool.

  5. Teams new to the league are exempt for the first season . However they must send at least one candidate on a level 2 referee's course during their first season to ensure they are able to supply 1 qualified referee for their second season of participation.

  6. Teams participating in the league without the required qualified referees, must pay an additional £80 per (missing) referee in addition to their league entry fee at the time of submission.

    This fee will be directed into the Officials Development Budget.

    Where possible this will be used to train and develop a junior referee's who will be required to commit to two seasons of GBL availability. Where this is successful the referee will be technically placed as a referee for the team concerned, whilst refereeing at the appropriate level as outlined in the Officials Development Package.

  7. Initially this development opportunity will be open to teams joining the league who have atleast one junior player registered for the team or who are in their secondseason playing GBL basketball.

  8. Teams who have been playing in the league for at least two years who have previously nominated referees who are still currently/will be registered within the GBL will not be able eligible for the scheme, however if they have a junior player who wishes to train as a referee consideration will be given to an application in addition to the two nominated senior referees.

    Once a team takes advantage of thescheme and should the official fail to meet the criteria the team will beinvoiced for a proportion of the amount spent on training and development

  9. Any named referee, including junior officials, unable to officiate a fixture allocated to him/her must supply a suitable substitute and inform the League Secretary. The referee originally appointed will still remain responsible for the attendance of the substitute.

  10. Any breach of rule 8i) will result in a penalty against the official and/or the club by which he/she was nominated.

  11. Any team failing to fulfill its refereeing commitments will face a penalty of £25.00 for each referee appointment missed by their appointed referee(s).

  12. All officials shall be paid a fee in accordance with fees agreed at the Annual General Meeting of the GBBA


    • Level 1 - £9.00 initial and £12.00 once signed off as outlined in referee's pathway.

    • Level 2 - £16.00

    • Level 3 - £17.00

    • Level 4 - £18.00

  13. Travelling expenses shall be 30p per mile for the most direct route. Referees should travel together if possible and keep expenses to a minimum.

  14. Only expenses actually incurred can be claimed.

  15. The maximum claim for both officials, per game, shall be £60.00

  16. Should a match official referee a match on his/her own, he/she is entitled to an extra 50% of their match fee (not travelling expenses).

  17. All officials shall be paid before the start of the game, with each team responsible for 50%.

  18. Referees, including junior referees, must wear the appropriate uniform, as laid down by Basketball England.

  19. All referees must be registered with Basketball England as a referee.

7. Duties of Match Officials

  1. To arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled tip-off.

  2. To check with table officials that all equipment is present, and that they are aware of their duties.

  3. Before the game, check that the score sheet has been appropriately completed (including names of captain and coach, and license numbers), and that the coaches have signed.

  4. Hold a pre-game meeting with the table officials and coaches/captains.

  5. To inform the coaches of any irregularities or special situations of which they should be aware.

  6. To keep a check as appropriate that table officials are fulfilling all their duties properly.

  7. At the end of the game, to ensure that the score sheet is correct and complete before signing.

  8. To report any problems or irregularities (including any breaches of GBL rules) on the appropriate website form designed for this purpose and should be sent direct by email to the league administrator.

  9. To highlight Technical and disqualifying fouls on the appropriate website form designed for this purpose. In addition to submit a report for all disqualifying fouls to the League Administrator within 24 hours of the match taking place.

  10. To provide the league with M.V.P. information and comply with any reasonable request made by the League.

8. Equipment

The home team must provide the minimum of the following ...

  • EBBA score pad

  • Two timing devices

  • Sounding device (horn, bell, etc. - but no whistles)

  • A score board that is visible to both teams

  • Five personal foul markers

  • Red team foul markers that are easily visible to players and officials

  • Directional arrow

  • Two match balls (not new)

  • Sufficient number of pens

A warning will be issued on the first offence.

Where the referee indicates lack of equipment has had a negative impact on the management of the game, a penalty of £25.00 will be levied.

9. Table Officials

The home team must provide ...

  • A non-playing, qualified (or deemed competent and attended the pre-season officials meeting), scorer

  • A non-playing, qualified (or deemed competent and attended the pre-season officials meeting), time-keeper

  • A visual score operator (if the timekeeper does not also control a display of the score on an electronic scoreboard)

It is not permitted for one person to act as both scorer and timekeeper.

Failure to provide a competent scorekeeper and timekeeper will result in a penalty of £25.00.

The 2nd and subsequent breaches of this rule will attract a one-point deduction from the home team's league points.

Table Officials Match Fees ...

  • Qualified Level 1 £5.00

  • Level 2 £7.50

  • Level 3 £10.00

Teams who have volunteers interested in qualifying as a table official who, had they been a player, would have been classed as a junior player, may apply to the league to have the young person trained and mentored as a table official from the proceeds of the official's development fund.

Those undertaking the development opportunity must commit to two full seasons of table officiating for the nominated team.

Once a team takes advantage of the scheme, and should the official fail to meet the criteria, the team will be invoiced for a proportion of the amount spent on training and development.

10. Duties of a Table Official

  1. To arrive on court 20 mins before the game is scheduled to begin.

  2. To attend the pre-game meeting.

  3. To ensure all equipment is available and working correctly.

  4. To bring any shortfalls to the attention of the referee.

  5. To obtain team lists, captains, coaches and starting five in accordance with BE rules.

  6. To ensure the scoresheet has all the necessary information including match number and licence numbers.

  7. To administer substitutions in accordance with BE rules.

  8. To show impartiality in the administration of the game.

  9. To act in accordance with their role as part of the officiating team including providing the referee with necessary information when requested and which may impact on the outcome of the game.

  10. To highlight technical and disqualifying fouls on the side of the scoresheet before the referee signs off the sheet.

11. Results

  1. The home team is responsible for sending, the organizer's (white) copy of the score sheet and a match result to the league administrator.

  2. This scoresheet must be emailed to ( ) or sent as a text message ( 07818 360 680 ) on match day.

12. Disciplinary Action, Protests and Claims

  1. The disciplinary officer shall manage all disciplinary matters, other than automatic fines.

  2. All disciplinary action taken shall be reported immediately in writing to the person(s) and/or club. Results of hearings shall be strictly confidential until such time as the person(s) and/or club has been notified of the outcome.

  3. Where it is necessary to inform teams of a suspension or an action which is likely to affect a fixture this will be published on the website without disclosure of information relating to the impending hearing.

  4. Clubs and individuals have the right to appeal on any action taken by the disciplinary officer or for any automatic penalties. Any appeal must be lodged with the league administrator, in writing, within 72 hours of the time of the notification.

    A £20 deposit, refundable if the appeal is upheld, shall be sent with the appeal.

  5. Should a score sheet be signed "under protest", details of the protest must be lodged with the league administrator within 72 hours of the match. Both court officials will forward their accounts in the same manner.

  6. Once the score sheet has been signed under protest, the club is committed to paying the £25.00 fee, which will be refunded, should the appeal be upheld.

  7. Appeals against automatic fines will be heard by the Disciplinary Officer.

  8. Appeals against initial decisions made by the Disciplinary Officer will be heard by the League Committee.

  9. Any player or coach disqualified during a game shall automatically be suspended from the team's next game, unless an appeal is lodged within 72 hours, and before the suspension would take place.

  10. Details of the disqualification will be posted on the website. If the appeal is upheld this will also be posted on the website.

  11. The game official(s) concerned shall make a written report to the league secretary.

  12. The Disciplinary Officer shall have the power to extend the suspension further if it is deemed necessary.

  13. There will be a points system awarded to technical fouls and disqualifications, leading to suspensions and penalties.

    • Each technical foul will carry a points total of three.

    • When a player or coach reaches ten points, the league administrator will suspend that player or coach for one game and instigate the £25.00 penalty. Sixteen points two games and £25.00 penalty. Twenty-two points five games and £25.00 penalty and referred to disciplinary officer.

    • A disqualifying foul for a coach or player will a carry a minimum five points over and above their automatic one match suspension.

  14. All participants are expected to follow the "Code of Ethics & Conduct" published by Basketball England, and the League reserve the right to take action against individuals and/or clubs who fail to do so.

13. Transfers

  1. If both teams involved agree to the transfer, a player may be transferred upon payment of a fee of £25.00 to the League.

  2. A player may only transfer once during a season.

  3. The player may not play until agreement from both teams (in writing, email will be accepted), and the transfer fee, has been received, and the league administrator has confirmed the transfer.

  4. A player may not transfer from a team where the team has outstanding penalties owed.

14. Withdrawals and Outstanding Commitments

  1. Any team withdrawing during the season shall be liable to a penalty of not less than £50.00.

  2. All players registered with the team withdrawing shall be automatically suspended, and their registrations held by the League, until such time as all monies outstanding have been paid in full to the League, other clubs and individuals.

  3. If a team fails to pay all its debts within 30 days, then any player wanting to resume playing with other clubs may pay 20% share of the total team debt to the league secretary. The committee may suspend or amend this provision in specific cases.

  4. Players moving to other clubs must pay the transfer fee of £25.00, in addition to any debts due as described in rule 13c.

15. Annual General Meeting of the Gloucestershire Basketball Association incorporating the Gloucestershire Basketball League

  1. Only current member teams, members of the league committee, and guests invited by the Chair, are permitted to attend the Annual General Meeting.

  2. Each team shall be allowed one vote, provided that it is not under suspension nor owes money to the League at the time of the meeting.

    Members of the League committee shall be allowed one vote each.

  3. No individual shall represent more than one team or vote in more than one capacity.

  4. Failure to send a team representative to the Annual General Meeting shall incur a penalty of £25.00.

    Note: There is also a compulsory requirement to send at least 3 (three) team representatives to the pre-season meeting.

  5. Failure to send representatives to the pre-season meeting, who should be a secretary or replacement, referee and table official, will incur a penalty of £25.00

  6. The AGM will be administered by the Chair. Should the Chair, for any reason, be unable to attend the A.G.M., the Vice Chair will administer the meeting.

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