CBL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Prior to contacting the CBL with your query, please review the most commonly asked questions below:
If you are a player without a team to play for in the CBL, your first step in joining the league is to fill out the CBL New Player Sign Up form. Once completed, a member of staff from the league will be in touch to advise you of next steps.
The league (and teams in it) are always looking for new players. We aim to accommodate all players interested in playing in the league, however are also limited each season by the number of teams in the league. If there are no available playing spots left in any season, please be patient, as the CBL expands every year with more teams and additional playing spots.
Complete online team registration – Closing date for initial applications for the 2020/21 season is 14th October 2020. Please be advised that the league runs a ‘first come, first served’ policy and are limited in the overall number of teams we can accommodate – so interested teams are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment. Any applications received after this date will be put on our waiting list.
Please follow the following link to complete your form online: Team Application Form.
The CBL provides competitions across the following formats:
CBL Regular Season & Playoffs – All teams are entered into this competition, which is split into age, gender and ability divisions. Teams play a minimum of 7 regular season games, vying for positioning in the regular season tables. This is then followed by a ‘knockout’ single-elimination playoff tournament, where the finalists will play a further 3 games on a total 10-game season.
CBL London Cup – Teams compete within their age and gender groups and are split into pools, where they play 3 games each, with the top team from each pool advancing to the semi-finals, and then if successful, the cup finals. Finalists in each division will play 5 games within the current format – providing a potential15 game season for those who are successful in both playoffs and cup competitions.
CBL All-Star Game – Top players from each division are selected to play in a CBL ‘All-Star’ game for their respective division, which showcases the top players in the league each year. The CBL All-Star Games take place during a standalone special event on CBL All-Star Saturday event and feature games and entertainment for spectators to come and enjoy.
Teams in the CBL play a MINIMUM of 11 games and a maximum of 15 depending on how well a team does in the playoffs and cup.
Full Entry fee for 2020/21 season is £500 for new teams. Returning teams who had their season shortened last season due to COVID-19 disruption will be eligible for a 25% CBL returning team discount on entry fees, providing they sign up before the deadline (14th October, 2020).
The CBL season traditionally starts in October and culminates at the end of May. The league reserves the right to slightly amend these dates if necessary.
*The 2020/2021 season will start in November and finish at the end of May/early June 2021*
The CBL hosts divisions across the following divisions for the 2020/21 season:
- Under 10s (mixed)
- Under 12s (mixed)
- Under 14 Boys
- Under 15 Girls
- Under 16 Boys
- Under 18 Girls
- Under 18 Boys
For further clarity on age restrictions and player eligibility, please follow this link: Player Eligibility
Yes. The CBL run 2 divisions at each age category. Within division 1 teams can play as many National League players as they like. Division 2 teams have a limit of 2 National League player on a team at one time.
The CBL runs to a ‘central venue league’ format which pools resources by all teams in the league sharing the same ‘home’ court and same pool of officials and administrators throughout the league. This allows teams to participate and compete in a quality driven competition, without the heavy financial overheads of National League competitions.
For example, in regular/National League competitions, teams have to budget for officials and court hire and administration every single game, often running costs into several thousand pounds (£) per season. The CBL provides a more accessible solution by covering all of these costs in a one time registration fee which covers teams for up to11- 15 games per season.
‘CBL Sundays’ feature multiple games in the same venue and normally require venues with a minimum of 2 courts to schedule the games on. Wherever possible, we schedule the games in centrally accessible locations.
For the 2020-2021 season we will be running all CBL games in a single location, in light of COVID-19 compliance and concerns. The finalised bubble venue will be updated here as soon as it has passed all compliance assessments.
The Community Basketball League has adopted and implemented Basketball England’s Return To Play Guidelines in response to COVID-19. In order to provide the safest possible playing environment for all of our players, coaches, staff and officials.
Please take a moment to review all of the measures we have taken to adapt to the new challenges of providing basketball competition in the current era of COVID-19 here: CBL COVID-19 INFORMATION CENTRE.