Registration has gone live for the 2013-2014 CBL season, inviting teams all across the capital to get involved with London’s leading community basketball league.
Fresh for 2013/14, the league is introducing a new division, new state of the art venue, team and player stats, taped game coverage and MVP interviews each week – providing the perfect solution for teams, players and coaches across London who are looking for organised competition without the heavy outlay of time, money and resources required to run a full-blown National League program.
The CBL is open to all levels, but especially welcomes teams who are just starting out and venturing into their first taste of organised competition at the youth levels. National League registered players are allowed to play in the CBL, but not at their age group division, they must ‘play up’ a division. So for example, an under 18 registered National League player would only be permitted to play in the under 20 division in the CBL, to give newcomers to the sport a fair chance within their appropriate age division.
The only age divisions this ‘play up’ rule does not apply to, are the U20 and U25 age groups, where the CBL aims to provide a bridge between National League competitions for players who have finished playing junior basketball (under 18’s) before they are fully ready for National League senior competition. The CBL provides the only extra-curricular competitions for U20’s and U25’s playing against their own age group in London.
R&T’s Nhamo Shire said:[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” ]”The new CBL season looks like it will be the best one yet! We’re introducing amazing new venues this year, such as the Copper Box Arena and also a number of new teams. We’re also bringing in stats and a new CBL devoted section to our website and regular game footage all to raise the player and supporter experience while giving the rest of the basketball world a better look at the emerging talent in throughout the various divisions in the league. We really want to drive home the message this year, that this is the place to come if you want to see the star’s of tomorrow. They all start out in the CBL!”[/box]
England Basketball’s Regional Development Manager, Steve Alexander said:[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” ]”The CBL is still the best deal in town for teams who want to play competitive basketball. We’re all about increasing participation and providing quality competitions for players and coaches to get involved and progress within our sport. We remain committed to improving the opportunities across London for basketball and the CBL is a big part of that for us”.[/box]
To enter the CBL this season, click here.