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Gloucestershire Basket Ball League Rules


1.      Finance


a) The Gloucestershire Basketball Association will administer the League.


b) A guarantee fee of £25 shall be paid by each team which shall be held in trust and will be refunded on request at the time of a team's withdrawal from the league, subject to the deduction of any outstanding fine(s) etc.


c) A further guarantee fee of £50 shall be paid by each team that incurs fines in excess of £50 in any season as a guarantee of the administrative conduct for that team in the coming season.


d) Should any such team incur fines in excess of £50 in the ensuing season, the £50 guarantee fee shall be forfeited and the team shall be required to furnish a further £50 guarantee fee for the following season.


e) No team may compete in a competition organised by the League unless the deposit is paid in full.


f) All fines are to be made payable to the "Gloucestershire Basketball Association" and sent to the league administrator. If fines are not paid within 30 days of the date of the notification, the fine shall be increased by 50%.


g) The league entry fee shall be £80.


2.      Licenses


a) Before any player may participate in a match organised by the League, the player must be registered with Basketball England and have a valid license.


b) Any team playing a player not licensed in the prescribed manner shall be deemed to have forfeited the match by default, and shall be penalised by a fine of £25.


c) Each player's license number must be shown in the appropriate column of the official score sheet prior to the start of the game. Failure to comply will lead to a warning on the first instance, followed by a £25 fine for each subsequent breach of this rule.


d) Clubs with more than one team must recognise one as their first team. They must nominate their 8 "best" players. These players can only play for that team.


The process is repeated for all but the last team within the club.


At the end of the process, any club player not registered to a team, may play for any of the teams within their club, any number of times, during the league season.


Once a player represents a team in a cup competition, they are excluded from playing for another team in the same cup competition.



3.      Fixtures


a) Fixtures will be arranged by the Gloucestershire Basketball Association, taking into consideration dates indicated on the application form that teams are not available for games, either home or away.


b) All teams shall be attired according to the rules of Basketball England, i.e. each player shall be numbered on the front and back of his/her vest with numbers clearly visible front & back. Tee shirts are not to be worn under vests. One unnumbered vest is permissible.


c) The latest acceptable tip-off time is 20:45


d) In the event of a colour clash of declared colours the home team shall change unless a prior arrangement has been made between the two teams.


e) In exceptional circumstances a team wishing to postpone a game must contact the opponents, match officials and League Administrator as soon as possible.

A fine of £25 will be levied.


If less than 72 hours' notice is given, the fine shall be £50.


The cost of court hire may be payable at the discretion of the GBBA Committee, following a claim by the home team, accompanied by the receipt for court hire. The claim must be made within 48 hours of the scheduled match start time.


f) If a postponement is made on the same day as the match was due to be played, as well as the fine described in rule 7e, a further fine of £15 per allocated referee will be levied.


Claims for any expenses incurred due to the cancellation of the fixture may be submitted to the Committee for consideration. This claim must be made with 48 hours of the proposed start time.


g) If opponents or referees travel for a game which does not take place, their expenses and match fees will be paid. Referees fees and expenses should be paid by the team in attendance, who will subsequently be reimbursed, and the defaulting team charged.


h) The team postponing the original match must, within 14 days, offer the non-offending team two alternative dates. If dates are not available or those offered are not suitable for the non-offending team, they must offer two dates on their own court.


Failure by the team causing the original postponement to offer these arrangements within 14 days will result in forfeiture of the match.


i) The Referee Officer will schedule officials on a monthly basis, taking into account any schedule changes informed at the time. Officials will be appointed by the 20th day of the preceding month.


j) If the match is postponed with less than 14 days' notice, the non-offending team may, at their discretion, claim the points and a match result of 20 - 0.


k) Teams not fulfilling 80% of their published fixtures to the satisfaction of the league committee shall pay an additional deposit of £50 to enter the following season.


l) Points will be awarded as follows: -


i) Winning team: +3 points

ii) Losing team: +1 point

iii) Matches not played: 0 points

iv) Team forfeiting a match: -1 point


4.      Officials


a) All matches should be officiated by two Basketball England qualified referees. If only one referee is in attendance, wherever possible, a game should take place, and either team may appeal for the game to be replayed, if they believe that the result has been affected.


b) Each team must provide for the refereeing pool at least two qualified referees, which are acceptable to the committee. Any all junior teams are exempt: teams with 5 or less senior players and student teams must provide one referee.

Teams new to the league are exempt from this rule for their first season in the league. In their second season of the participation, they must supply 1 referee.


c) Teams participating in the league without the required qualified referees must pay an additional £80 (per referee) in addition to their league entry fee.


d) Any named referee unable to officiate a fixture allocated to him/her must supply a suitable substitute and inform the Referee Officer. The referee originally appointed will still remain responsible for the attendance of the substitute.


e) Any breach of the rule of rule 8d will result in disciplinary action being taken against the official and/or the club by which he/she was nominated, as shown in 4f.


f) Any team failing to fulfill its refereeing commitments will be fined £25 for each referee appointment missed by their appointed referee(s).


g) All officials shall be paid a fee in accordance with current Basketball England rates: (for 2015-16), £9 (Level 1), £12 (Level 2), £13 (Level 3) or £14 (Level 4). Travelling expenses shall be 25p per mile for the most direct route. Referees should travel together if possible and keep expenses to a minimum.


Only expenses actually incurred can be claimed.


The maximum claim for both officials, per game, shall be £50.


Should a match official referee a match on his/her own, he/she is entitled to an extra 50% of their match fee (not travelling expenses).


h) All officials shall be paid before the start of the game, with each team responsible for 50%.


i) Referees must wear the appropriate uniform laid down by Basketball England.


5.      Duties of Match Officials


a) To arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled tip-off.


b) To check with table officials that all equipment is present, and that they are aware of their duties.


c) Before the game, check that the score sheet has been appropriately completed (including names of captain and coach, and license numbers), and that the coaches have signed.


d) Hold a pre-game meeting with the table officials and coaches/captains.


e) To inform the coaches of any irregularities or special situations of which they should be aware.


f) To keep a check as appropriate that table officials are fulfilling all their duties properly.


g) At the end of the game, to ensure that the score sheet is correct and complete before signing.


h) To report any problems or irregularities (including any breaches of GBL rules) in an immediate e-mail or letter to the league administrator.


6.      Equipement


The home team must provide the minimum of the following:


EBBA score pad

Two timing devices

Sounding device (horn, bell, etc. - but no whistles)

A score board that is visible to both teams

Five personal foul markers

Red team foul markers that are easily visible to players and officials

Directional arrow

Two match balls (not new)


A warning will be issued on the first offence. On subsequent occasions a fine of £25 will be levied.


7.      Table Officials


The home team must provide:


A non-playing, competent, scorer

A non-playing, competent, time keeper

A visual score operator (if the timekeeper does not also control a display of the score on an electronic scoreboard)


It is not permitted for one person to act as both scorer and timekeeper.


Failure to provide one or more of the three necessary officials will result in a fine of £25. The 2nd and subsequent breaches of this rule will attract a one-point deduction from the home team's league points.


8.      Results


a) The home team is responsible for posting, or otherwise sending, the organiser's (white) copy of the score sheet to the league administrator.


This must be emailed ( ) or sent as a text message ( 07906 724984 ) on the same night of the match.


As well as the exact score, please highlight any irregularities (e.g. only 1 referee, technical fouls etc.) in any email or text messages.


A good quality electronic copy of the white sheet will be acceptable, as long as it is received by the league administrator within 72 hours of the scheduled match start time.


b) Failure to comply will result in a fine of £25.


9.      Disciplinary Action, Protests and Claims


a) The disciplinary officer shall manage all disciplinary matters, other than automatic fines.


b) All disciplinary action taken shall be reported immediately in writing to the person(s) and/or club. Results of hearings shall be strictly confidential until such time as the person(s) and/or club has been notified of the outcome.


c) Should a score sheet be signed "under protest", details of the protest must be lodged with the league secretary within 72 hours of the match. Both court officials will forward their accounts in the same manner.

Once the score sheet has been signed under protest, the club is committed to paying the £25 fee, which will be refunded, should the appeal be upheld.


d) Clubs and individuals have the right to appeal on any action taken by the disciplinary officer or for any automatic fines. Any appeal must be lodged with the league secretary, in writing, within 72 hours of the time of the notification.


A £25 deposit, refundable if the appeal is upheld, shall be sent with the appeal.


Appeals against automatic fines will be heard by the Disciplinary Officer.


Appeals against initial decisions made by the Disciplinary Officer will be heard by the League Committee.


e) Any player or coach disqualified during a game shall automatically be suspended from the team's next game, unless an appeal is lodged within 72 hours, and before the suspension would take place.


The game official(s) concerned shall make a written report to the league secretary.


The Disciplinary Officer shall have the power to extend the suspension further if it is deemed necessary.


f) There will be a points system awarded to technical fouls and disqualifications, leading to suspensions and fines.


i. Each technical foul will carry a points total of three


ii. When a player or coach reaches ten points, the league secretary will suspend that player or coach for one game and fine them £25. Sixteen points two games and £25. Twenty-two points five games and £25 and referred to disciplinary officer.


iii. A disqualifying foul for a coach or player will a carry a minimum five points over and above their automatic one match suspension.


g) All participants are expected to follow the "Code of Ethics & Conduct" published by Basketball England, and the League reserve the right to take action against individuals and/or clubs who fail to do so.


10.      Transfers


a) If both teams involved agree, a player may be transferred upon payment of a fee of £25 to the League.


b) A player may only transfer once during a season.


c) The player may not play until agreement from both teams (in writing), and the transfer fee, has been received, and the league administrator has confirmed the transfer.


11.      Withdrawals and Outstanding Commitments


a) Any team withdrawing during the season shall be liable to a fine of not less than £50.

b) All players registered with the team withdrawing shall be automatically suspended and their registrations held by the League until such time as all monies outstanding have been paid in full to the League and other clubs and individuals.


c) If a team fails to pay all its debts within 30 days, then any player wanting to resume playing with other clubs may pay 20% share of the total team debt to the league secretary. The committee may suspend or amend this provision in specific cases.


d) Players moving to other clubs must pay the transfer fee of £25, in addition to any debts due as described in 11c).


12.      Annual General Meeting of the Gloucestershire Basketball Association


a) Only current member teams, members of the league committee, and guests invited by the Chair, are permitted to attend the Annual General Meeting.


b) Each team shall be allowed one vote, provided that it is not under suspension nor owes money to the League at the time of the meeting.


Members of the League committee shall be allowed one vote each.


c) No individual shall represent more than one team or vote in more than one capacity.


d) Failure to send a team representative to the Annual General Meeting shall incur a fine of £25.


e)Note: There is also a compulsary requirement to send at least 3 ( three ) team representatives to the pre-season meeting.


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