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Statement from YBL Board of Directors
League Update | Return to Play

Following the Basketball England's announcement yesterday evening about the return to play (RTP) we can now confirm the following;

  • Clubs are able to return to training as of Level 2 of the RTP as of today. Regardless of which tier you are in.
  • Players, coaches, (and when competition resumes, officials) are permitted to travel between tiers, under Covid-19 regulations.
  • To prevent anyone to isolate over the Christmas period; clubs need to assess the last date for their training sessions. 
  • Games are not advised before the six-week return to play guidance set out by BE.  Therefore, competitive games, when allowed for your tier,  should be starting at the end of January 2021. 
  • Due to the tier 3 restrictions, no competition will be permitted (at this time), for those clubs.  The YBL have taken the decision to restructure the leagues into smaller ‘league bubble’.   These proposed ‘league bubbles’ are listed below, however, these will be reviewed at the beginning of January and the YBL will contact clubs individually to see who can resume fixtures.  
  • At present, the only league that will commence at the end of January will be the new ‘South West’ divisions (in tier 2).  Like above, we will contact those clubs at the beginning of January 2021. 
  • For this season, we have amalgamated the Primis divisions within the Zonal divisions.  More guidance will follow soon regarding player eligibility. 



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Statement from YBL Board of Directors

Due to the announcements this week from the Government and the update on their website from Wednesday 2 December we are moving back into tier restrictions.  

We are still awaiting official confirmation from Basketball England who are working with Sports England and the Government to provide us all clear guidance.  We have spoken directly with Basketball England and anticipate an announcement early next week.

On Saturday 28 November, the Board of Directors met to discuss our options for the season. Until then please bear with us, don’t rearrange any of your fixtures as we are looking at implementing a new structure to promote ‘league bubbles’.

Look out for the updates from the YBL dropping into your email box and across all out social media and of course on our website next weekend.

I would like to thank everyone for their patience while we get clarification from Basketball England and the Minister of Sport regarding the return to play.

Change of dates for your diary. 

Saturday 5 December
Update from the YBL with new league format and fixtures

Sunday 10 January 2021
Pre-Season Conferences;
Administrative Conference 17:00
Officials Conference 19:00

Pre-Season Rearrangement Deadline 23:59
Player Registration Form Deadline 23:59 

Saturday 16 January 2021
Opening Weekend 


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