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Rules and Regulations 2017/2018 Season

Unless stated below, Basketball England Rules & Regulations 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.
  • There are NO subs in the 3 min quarters (1st Half)
  • All teams should try to provide a minimum 10 players, maximum 12. 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 and notified in writing to 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:
  • 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 U25 division is open to all participants irregardless of level.
  • 5 personal fouls per player, 4 teams fouls per quarter
  • Hereafter, all Basketball England rules apply.
  • Teams must play Man-to-Man Defence only for U12’s, U14’s and U16 Girls.
    • Any Defence for U16’s boys, U18’s, and U25s.
  • 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 Basketball England 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 2016/2017 season:

U12 Division:  Players born after 1/9/2005

U14 Division: Players born after 1/9/2003

U16 Division: Players born after 1/9/2001

U18 Division: Players born after 1/9/1999

U25 Division: Players born after 1/9/1991

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 Points

The Community Basketball League will allocate the following point system:

  • Winning Team = 3 Points
  • Losing Team = 1 Point
  • Forfeit = 0 Points

In the event of a match being forfeit, the result will be shown as 20-0. Any Team causing a forfeit will be fined.

League Positions

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

  • The number of forfeits by that team
  • The matches between the teams involved with teams ranked in order of points gained
  • If a tie between the teams, the teams will be ranked in order of points difference scored in these matches
  • 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 will 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.


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

The top EIGHT teams in the Division will make the playoffs.

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

  • Game 1 – 1 v 8
  • Game 2 – 2 v 7
  • Game 3 – 3 v 6
  • Game 4 – 4 v 5

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

If there is more that one Pool in the Division, this process will be duplicated for both pools.

  • Games 7 – Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6

NOTE – In the event of 2 Pools, Game 7 Would be a semi final with the winners of these games playing in the Final.


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

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 and shorts which are numbered front and back.

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)

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 Commissioners 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.


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


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.