Rules and Regulations 2017/2018 Season

Unless stated below, FIBA Basketball Rules will apply.

CBL U12 Rules

As an introduction to the sport and competition, the under 12’s is where the Community Basketball League and Coaches should be encouraging as many kids as possible to play.

  •  4 quarters of 10 minutes running clock – stopping in last 2 minutes of 4th quarter only.
  • Clock will run during timeouts, free throws and all other instances.
  • Teams should sub at the 5 minute mark of each of the first 2 quarters – making sure EVERY PLAYER gets to play. Second half subs are at the coaches discretion.
  • DEFENCE should be played from the half way line.
  • All teams should try to provide a minimum 10 players and a maximum of 12. Additional players (in excess of 12) will be allowed to play if agreed between both coaches and the commissioner before the game commences and all players are named and licensed on the scoresheet.
  • Remember you should not bring players if you’re not going to let them play. EVERYONE SHOULD PLAY!

CBL General League Rules

The Rules below apply to all other age groups and are subject to change at the discretion of the League Management Committee. Any changes will be confirmed on the official league website and notified in writing (via email) to all participating teams.

  • 4 quarters of 10 minutes running clock – stopping in the last 2 minutes of the 4th quarter only.
  • A one minute time out is allow per half, in which the clock will stop.
  • A maximum of 3 minutes will be allowed for half-time (which may be subject to change), with a 1 minute break at the end of each quarter.
  • All teams will have a maximum of 10 minutes warm up time before each game.
  • Each team can have a MAXIMUM of 12 players, per game.
  • All Players and Coaches must be registered with both the CBL and Basketball England (registering with the league will also register you with Basketball England).  Registration can be found here: http://www.cblhoops.co.uk/player-coach-license-registration/
  • A maximum of 2 National League players are permitted per team in any single game in the U12, U14, U16 and U18 divisions.  National League players may be rotated from squad players, but no more than 2 licensed National League players are permitted to play for a team in any CBL game.  The U20 and U25 divisions are open to all participants irregardless of level.
  • 5 personal fouls per player, 4 teams fouls per quarter
  • Hereafter, all FIBA Basketball rules apply.
  • Teams must play Man-to-Man Defence only for U12’s (mixed), U14’s (boys and girls) and U16 Girls.
    • Any Defence for U16’s boys, U18’s, U20’s and U25’s.
  • Teams, if up by 20 points or more are only allowed to play half court defence and cannot use a full court press.
  • In the event of a team turning up late – after a ten minute grace period (i.e. if tip is at 3pm, the team must have 5 players on court by 3.10pm), the game will be forfeit. Teams will still be expected to play a friendly/shortened game within the allocated time remaining.
  • All Clubs are responsible for Coaches, Players, Officials and Spectators as in line with the Community Basketball League Code of Conduct. Any club found not to be in adherence with the Code of Conduct, will be subject to disciplinary proceedings from the League.
  • In the event of a player’s age being questioned, the Coach/Team Manager will supply the League Commissioner with valid registration card for said player before the team’s next match.
  • All disputes will be resolved by the League Commissioner, on the day of the event.

Age Classifications

To be eligible to compete in the relevant age division he following age classifications will apply for the 2017/2018 season:

U12 Division:  Players born after 1/9/2006

U14 Division: Players born after 1/9/2004

U16 Division: Players born after 1/9/2002

U18 Division: Players born after 1/9/2000

U20 Division: Players born after 1/9/1998

U25 Division: Players born after 1/9/1993

Teams who field over age players will forfeit the game and the CBL reserves the right to fine offending teams £25 per ineligible player for each contravention.

League Standings

The Community Basketball League division standings are calculated by a teams winning percentage.  Teams with the better win/loss record will place higher in the standings than those with lower win/loss success.

In the event of a match being forfeited, the result will be shown as 20-0 loss to the forfeiting team.  The league reserves the right to fine any offending team who cause an unsanctioned forfeit, a total of £50 per infraction.

League Positions

At the end of the Community Basketball League Season, if two or more teams have the same winning percentage, the following methods of deciding positions apply:

  • The number of forfeits by any team in question team
  • The ‘head-to-head’ result of games between the teams involved
  • It a tie still remains, the teams will be ranked in order of points scored in all league matches

Completion of Fixtures

Teams are encouraged to commit to the games indicated in the schedule. Should a team not complete 3 or more of its League fixtures the team may be suspended or withdrawn from the league and a fine levied at the offending team. In the event of this happening, the Community Basketball League reserves the right to delete the teams playing record.  In the event a team is withdrawn from the league for not completing 3 or more of its League fixtures all teams are reminded that all registration and licensing fees are non-refundable and all fines and outstanding fee’s accrued are still payable.


The Playoff Structure for the Community Basketball League following the regular season will be as follows:

The top EIGHT teams in an age group Division will make the playoffs.  Where a Division has 2 conferences (East and West, for example), the top FOUR teams from each conference advance to the playoffs.

In the first round of the playoffs the top eight teams will play in four games.


  • Game 1 – 1 v 8 0r 1st East vs 4th West
  • Game 2 – 2 v 7 0r 1st West vs 4th East
  • Game 3 – 3 v 6 or 2nd East Vs 3rd West
  • Game 4 – 4 v 5 or 2nd West vs 3rd East

The second round will see the four winners play one another.


  • Game 5 – Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 4
  • Game 6 – Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 3


  • Game 7 – Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6

The winner of Game 7 is declared the CBL Division Champion.


All Clubs and Players MUST be registered with Basketball England prior to their first fixture.  A list of all team players and personnel (using the CBL Team Player & Coach Licensing form) must be completed:


Alterations may be made to this list during the season but must be updated using the above form as relevant.


All matches are confirmed as shown on the website.

Teams can make an application to have a particular tip off time and where possible, the League will look to accommodate.

All teams are required to confirm their attendance for their fixture via email to joanna@cblhoops.co.uk.

It is the responsibility of teams that are not able to fulfil a fixture to notify the league with at least 7 days notice. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit against the team and a fine being implemented.

The Community Basketball League understands that on the rare occurrence things happen and games need to be postponed.  A minimum of 48 hours notice is given for last minute occurrences.

Playing Kit

Each team playing in the Community Basketball League must have a matching kit to include vests which are numbered front and back, with matching shorts.

Undergarments that are visible such as T-shirts are not permitted (unless it is part of the uniform and are worn by the whole team).  Compression tops are permitted but must be either white or black or the same colour as the team kit.

All jewellery must be removed prior to the start of the game. There may be situations where jewellery and adornments cannot be removed. Please ensure that these situations are brought to the attention of the League Commissioner and Officials prior to tip off time. The Commissioner and Officials will then decide if the jewellery or adornment can be worn if properly covered up. The Commissioners decision is final and the safety of all participating players is paramount.


In the unlikely event of a player being disqualified from a game other than for a 5th Foul violation, that player is automatically suspended from his/her next match. The suspension will take effect from the next match.

In the event of a coach disqualification, the coach is suspended for 1 game and fined £25.00. The suspension will take effect from the next match.

Teams wanting to make an appeal against a suspension must make their appeal in writing within 24 hours to help@cblhoops.co.uk


In the event of a dispute, a team can appeal a decision made on the day by the Commissioner. The dispute will be put before the Appeals Committee.

All appeals must be put into writing within 24 hours of the original decision being made. This means the appeal must be made by filling out the CBL APPEALS FORM by 5pm the next day (Monday).

The Appeal must be accompanied by a payment of £50.00 – which must be made upon filling out the from.  The £50.00 fee is refundable IF the decision is overturned by the Committee.

Video & Photography Release


In line with the CBL’s efforts to promote clubs and grassroots basketball across London, the league records live video and authorises appointed photographers at CBL events for the purpose of marketing and promotion.  By registering and participating in the league all teams confirm that they have sought and confirmed the permission of all players and coaches (and parents/guardians, where relevant in the case of participating children) to be photographed or filmed during CBL events for advertising, promotional or any other commercial purposes.

In participating in the league teams irrevocably grant the Community Basketball League Ltd., their affiliates, successors, assigns and licensees the unlimited permission to use, throughout the world and without any compensation, any photograph, video, image, interview or sound in any media of its choice relating to participating team name, image, likeness, voice and biographical information in any media of its choice, including but not limited to televisions, DVDs, films, radios, newspapers, magazines, websites, catalogues, brochures, displays for the purpose of advertising, promotion, or any other commercial purpose in connection with the Event and related activities.

The CBL will always only use film and photography to positively promote grassroots basketball and always cast our participating teams, players, coaches and officials in a positive light.