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 2021/22 ‘Regular Season’ will commence from October 2021 – April 2022. Games will be played on Sundays. 

CBL Divisions

The Community Basketball League will host teams in the following Divisions for the 2021/22 season:

Mixed (boys and girls)

  • 10U Mixed Division – for players aged 10 & under
  • 12U Mixed Division (Division 1) – for players aged 12 & under

Boys Divisions

  • 14U Boys Division (Division 1 & 2) – for players aged 14 & under
  • 16U Boys Division (Division 1 & 2) – for players aged 16 & under
  • 18U Boys Division (Division 1 & 2) – for players aged 18 & under

Girls Divisions

  • GCBL (Girls CBL) – for female players aged 16 and under
  • WCBL (Womens CBL) – for female players aged 19 & under

Teams will be allocated positions in the appropriate league following applications and then at the discretion of the League Committee. 

*Please note, the age for CBL player eligibility in each respective division is taken from the school year. Therefore if a player is ‘age’ or under on the 1st September, they are eligible to play in the ‘age’ division. For example, a player who is aged 14 or under on 1st September 2021 is eligible to play in the 14U division.

CompetitionsRegular Season

The CBL regular season will consist of each team playing every opponent once throughout the course of the season. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top 8 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

The CBL division 2 regular season will consist of all teams in a division playing each other once. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top 4 teams will be seeded 1-4, based on win/loss record in the regular season and enter into a ‘knockout’ playoff format to decide the overall division champion.

The first round (semi-finals) will see the four top teams play one another. 

  • Game 1 – 1 v 4
  • Game 2 – 2 v 3

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

  • Games 3 – Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

Competitions – CBL Cup

For teams who have entered via application for the ‘CBL CUP’ competition, each team will drawn into pools (with Division 1 and Division 2 teams all competing in the same competition), with a minimum of 3 games in each pool. The winners of each Cup Pool then advance to the knockout stage of the cup competition, with quarter-finals (where necessary), semi-finals and ultimately a final game to decide the Cup Champion at each division.