Central Venue League Format

The CBL operates a Central Venue League format, which pools all teams together in the same venue, utilising the same facility, same set of officials and equipment for all teams. This enables us to keep costs of competition to a minimum and significantly lower than National League play.

Central venue play means on any given CBL day, multiple games from any division may be played on the same date, in the same venue, creating a tournament atmosphere every week within league play.

Competitions Season

The Community Basketball League Regular Season will commence from October 2019 – June 2020. All games will be played on Sunday’s. 

The CBL London Cup commences play in March 2020 and concludes in May 2020. 

CBL Divisions

The Community Basketball League will host teams in the following Divisions for the 2019/20 season:

  • U12s (Mixed) Division 1
  • U12s (Mixed) Division 2
  • U14 Boys Division 1
  • U14 Boys Division 2
  • U16 Girls
  • U16 Boys Division 1
  • U16 Boys Division 2
  • U18 Boys
  • U20 Women
  • Senior Men

The Divisions will be allocated following applications and then at the discretion of the League Committee. 

Competitions

The CBL regular season will consist of 7 games with each of the 8 teams in a division playing each other once. At the conclusion of the regular season, teams will be seeded 1-8, based on win/loss record in the regular season and enter into a ‘knockout’ playoff format to decide the overall division champion.

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 (semi-finals) 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

The final round will see the two winners from the semi-finals compete for the CBL Division Championship.

  • Games 7 – Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6

In addition to the regular season and playoffs, all teams will compete in the CBL London Cup competition. The London Cup splits teams into pools of 4, merging Division 1 and Division 2 teams into mixed pool groups. Every team will play each team in its group once (3 games per team) with the winner of each group advancing to the cup semi-finals.

Winners of the cup semi-finals advance to the Cup Final, with the ultimate winner being crowned as London Cup Champions.