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The Hertfordshire Basketball Association is run by a group of volunteers that are passionate about the development of youth basketball in the county of Hertfordshire. Not only do we aim to promote and improve the participation of basketball, but we also run coaching and officiating courses all throughout the year so that anyone is able to gain a deeper involvement into the beautiful game. 


 



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Hertfordshire Basketball Association Annual General Meeting 2017

Wednesday 21st June 2017

7.30pm to 9.30pm

University of Hertfordshire Sports Village

International Suite

De Havilland Campus

Mosquito Way

Hatfield

Herts

AL10 9EU

Dear All

As you are aware lHBA & the Herts Premier League Committee are one governing body within Hertfordshire.

it is vital that each club send at least one representative, but preferably two from each club attend the meeting especially if you are going to register your team/reams in to this years Herts Premier League 2017-18.

At the AGM Meeting you will Register your Team/Teams and have to pay the Entrance Fee with cash or cheque made out to Herts Basketball Association for the sum of £150.00 including the fee for Assignr.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the AGM please confirm your attendance to hertsbasketball@gmail.com


Herts Basketball Association Meet London Basketball Association 

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HBA Secretary Angela Griffin meet with London Basketball Association Tony Lazare & David Mendes

It’s so good to see everyone wanting to work together for the same thing ….. Developing Basketball for ALL


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East Herts Royals Junior Basketball Trials

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Marriott School Sports Centre
Telford Avenue
Stevenage
Herts
SG2 0AN

U12 (year 7) – 5pm to 6pm
U14 (year 8 & 9) – 6pm to 7pm
U15 (year 10) – 7pm to 8pm
U16 (year 11) – 8pm to 8pm
U18 (year 12 & 13) – 9pm to 10pm

Fee £3 to non club members
Club members FREE

Players please confirm your attendance so coaches will have an idea of numbers attending

Please email Head Coach Mark Wright for all details

mark@stevenagebasketball.co.uk

Website www.easthertsbasketball.com


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Everyone in Herts Basketball Family wish Bertie Hill a speedy recovery.

Sadly Bertie fell off his bike today and has broken his arm and is waiting to be operated on.


 GB Women’s Under 20’s Initial Squad Announced

 British Basketball have named a 17-player GB Under-20’s squad ahead of the initial camp starting later this month, That includes Hertfordshire players

Bethany Sarson, Mel George & Vicky Gray

The players will meet up in Manchester before Head Coach Chema Buceta selects a final 12 for the European Championships in Eilat, Israel from 8-16 July.

Abigail Johnson, Jess Davies, Georgia Gayle, Gabby Nikitinaite and Amelia Stevens were all part of last summer’s GB U20s roster as they claimed fifth place in Montenegro.

Almost half of the players selected were based in the US last season with several others set to depart Stateside this summer.

“This will be a good opportunity for our young players to develop at international level,” commented Buceta.


 

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Don’t miss the NBL entrance deadline…..It’s tomorrow – 1/6/17 – 5pm


Junior Summer Friendly Games 

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Haringey Hawks Boys U14s & U16s Basketball Teams would like to play some friendly games over the summer and it would be good if Herts teams take advantage of keeping up to speed ready for the season starting in September

Let me know if you would like details

hertsbasketball@gmail.com


 

 Day 1 – West Herts Warriors Basketball Camp
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It’s great to see Herts Basketball players having great opportunities playing here in UK & overseas

Jerrel Joshua Fox Layne

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EAST Region Message to ALL

Dear All,

I am writing to thank everyone who was involved in the staging of the East Region u15 and u17 ICTs at SportPark, UEA over the weekend.

Over the past two days we saw some great games, great skills and great passion.

Many outcomes were not decided until the final seconds or beyond, in one case in ‘Golden Time’

It is quite a large endeavour to bring together representative teams from six counties at (overall) four different age groups for both boys and girls.

This requires the support of:

Clubs: to whom we are indebted for generating and fostering the interest of players and enabling them to reach such high standards.

County Associations and Junior Groups: for organising selection and undertaking all the administrative tasks which go with the organisation of a team

Coaches and Team Managers: who have worked hard to select squads and bring them together to play in a cohesive manner allowing Regional Coaches to have the opportunity to observe talented players giving of their best in a competitive environment.

Officials: who have spent hours refereeing or table officiating to ensure the smooth running of the competitions.

and to all
Players: who have worked hard to exhibit their skills and do the best for their teams in an almost unblemished sportsmanlike manner.

Parents: who give of their time to support their children by giving them the opportunity to achieve.

Regional Coaches: who have the unenviable task of selecting a group which means that they will make decisions which please and disappoint in equal measure.

RMC Members: for their contributions and Support in Event Organisation and Administration.

Plus: others I may have inadvertently missed or forgotten, with apologies

We wish all of our Regional Squads the very best for the hard work which lies ahead which will, for some, lead to Manchester later in the year as the very best representatives from the East Region.

The results of all ICTs are attached and I hope that all those who receive this e-mail will ensure that all your players, coaches and officials are made aware of the contents.

Kind Regards,

Andy


Herts County U15s & U17s Girls & Boys Basketball Teams who took part in the EAST Inter County Junior Basketball Tournaments 2017  Norwich 

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EAST Inter County Tournament 2017 – RESULTS

Herts County U13 Boys – Won the U13s Boys EAST ICT 2017

All of the other Herts teams for all age groups came 3rd

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association would like to thank ALL the coaching staff who made it possible for Herts junior basketball players to take part in this year’s EAST Inter County Tournaments:

Derek Mcintosh
Alina Ghioc
Gyongi
Alex Oneill
William Twigg
Benjamin Daniels
Jack Burnell
PJ Russell
Terry Fryer
Julie Fryer
Emma Moatt
Dominic Gastaldi-Davies
Michael Fields
Albert Ziwa

Back in February 2017 255 players turned up to the Herts County Basketball Trial held at Herts Sports Village

U11B – 50
U11G – 16
U13B – 26
U13G – 33
U15B – 60
U15G – 21
U17M – 30
U17W – 19

Herts County had 38 players selected over all age groups this year and 5 injured players have been invited to the first EAST Regional Training Session to try out.

Thank you to all the coaches who gave up their time to attend the trials and 36 training session, 3 friendly games.

Referees, Table Officials, Assessors, Players, Parents & Guardians

 

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Herts Dominic Scott-Robinson signs for Davis & Elkins in America.

Good Luck 

 

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JUNIOR PRE SEASON TOURNAMENT

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Dear Clubs/Teams

In addition to all activities we do to improve all aspects of basketball in Hertfordshire and nearby counties, we would like to hold a Junior Pre-Season Tournament alongside with The Howell Shield Pre Season Senior Mens Tournament on Sunday 24th September 2017 at Oaklands Sports Zone in St Albans or Marlborough Academy in St Albans 10 am – 7 pm.

This is year we will be having a referee clinic running parallel with the Howell Shield Pre-Season Tournament which has attracted so many referees locally and nationally from all over UK who are eager to learn and improve in their officiating career.

If you would like to enter U18, U16 or U14 boys team(s) to this tournament please emailed hertsbasketball@gmail.com by 15th June 2017.

The details of tournament will be published after our AGM meeting on 21st June 2017.


HBA Summer Courses 2017 

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association 3 Person Officiating Clinic & Howell Shield Pre Season Tournament 

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September 2017

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Basketball England Level 1 Coaching Course 

24th & 25th June 2017

Tutor Thomas Baker

Fee £65

Sir Frederic Osborn School

Hern Lane

Welwyn Garden City

Herts

AL7 2AF

Contact hertsbasketball@gmail.com to book your place


Basketball England Level 2 Coaching Course 

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th & 23rd July 2017

Tutor Thomas Baker

Fee £130

Sir Frederic Osborn School

Hern Lane

Welwyn Garden City

Herts

AL7 2AF

Contact hertsbasketball@gmail.com to book your place


Basketball England Level 3 Coaching Course in association with Sports Structures

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Basketball England Level 3 Coaching Course in association with Sports Structures

Dates – 19th, 20th, 26th & 27th August 2017

Time – 9am to 5pm

Venue – Sir Frederic Osborn School
Hern Lane
Welwyn Garden City
Herts
AL7 2AF

Fee – £500

Contact hertsbasketball@gmail.com to book your place

http://www.participant.co.uk/sportstructures/1st4sport_level_3_certificate_in_coaching_basketball_-_hertfordshire_19082017


 

Basketball England Level 1 Table Officials Course 

23rd September 2017

Tutor Stephen Cutts

Fee £10

Sir Frederic Osborn School

Hern Lane

Welwyn Garden City

Herts

AL7 2AF

Contact hertsbasketball@gmail.com to book your place


Message to all from James Brook – Hitchin Kings….

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Hi :) looks like HERTS basketball is thriving and the local league too! Hope my kings boys are behaving themselves! Always reading your posts and links! Keep representing England and GB Bball!! I thought I would let you know. I’ve been asked to coach alongside Dug Bruno (USA women’s asiastant coach and DePaul NCAA Div 1 Bball coach). I will be coaching the camp alongside him and other coaches for DePaul. Very excited! Working hard to develop a name for myself over here!! Very excited and about to learn a lot!!!! Keep up the good work


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 Hertfordshire Secondary School Beaumont from St Albans had a great day at The O2 yesterday watching the Basketball Finals 2016/17

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Herts Table Official & Tutor Stephen Cutts officiated the WBBL Final & Hoopsaid 2017 game yesterday at the O2 …… Cheerleaders pompoms are on order lol

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Herts Referee Eduard Udyanskyy BBL Finals 2016/17 at The O2 – 14/5/17

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Herts County U17s Men v Herts County U15s Boys Friendly Game 

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The Final Score didn’t matter they are both winning teams
Proud to stand back and watch some of the most talented amazing young men play there hearts out
Well Done & Good Luck to both teams


Herts County U13’s Boy’s 

EAST Inter County U13 Boy’s CHAMPIONS 2017

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EAST Inter County U13 Girls Tournament 2017 

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Essex, Hertfordsire, Norfolk & Suffolk took part

Norfolk Won the tournament

Hertfordshire came 3rd


 

 

 

 

 

Herts U13 Girls v Oakland’s – Friendly Game in preparation for the EAST Inter County Tournament on Saturday 6/5/17

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Basketball England Level 3 Coaching Course 

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I have been asked by a number of people if I will be organising BE Level 3 Coaching Course, I have made inquires and it looks very possible that I will get clearance from BE and the company that organise the course in the next couple of days.

Can i please ask you to email me hertsbasketball@gmail.com back if any of your coaches are interested in taking part in the BE Level 3 Coaching course so that we have a guideline to go by as there is only space for 0 to 12 candidates


Herts County U15s Boys v Oaklands Wolves U16s Boys – May Day Friendly 
1/5/2017
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Herts County U15s Boys Team played a Friendly Game against Oaklands Wolves U16s Boys to prepare them for the EAST Inter County Tournament that takes place at the end of May.

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May Day Basketball Friendly takes place this morning between Herts County U15s Boys v Oakland’s Wolves U16s Boys in preparation for the EAST Inter County Tournament in May
FREE ENTRY
Tip off 10am
Herts Sports Village in Hatfield

 Hertfordshire Basketball Association Hall of Fame Award 2017 
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Herts Basketball Association agreed it would be a good idea to have a Hall of Fame Award that is presented yearly to someone who has done so much for the development of basketball in Hertfordshire, and the first person to receive the award is Dave Titmuss.
The long list of achievements Dave has done over the years is amazing

Having begun coaching in the county after sustaining a serious knee injury, the former England under-20 player studied the game in the USA at top NCAA Colleges and in the NBA; he also examined key ideas that underpinned the European approach to the game and went on to an extensive and successful forty-five year professional career in the sport.
Known within the sport as ‘Coach T’ he has a reputation for innovative technical expertise, demanding standards and an ability to maximise his players’ potential. An independent review carried out for UK Sport assessed him as “a World Class Coach”.
Coach Titmuss has successfully Head Coached Senior and Junior National men’s teams (GB and England), and the Great Britain World Student Games and Paralympic squads leading the latter to a Bronze Medal at the Athens Paralympics, Silver at the World Championships in Japan and Gold at the Paralympic World Cup. GBWBA appointed him Performance Director/Head Coach in 2004.
At the Club level his teams have won 19 National Championships.

Coach Titmuss was one of the founders of the National League Club in Hemel Hempstead (1978) that then rose to national prominence throughout the ‘eighties having secured a major sponsorship and become known as Ovaltine Hemel Hempstead. Today it competes as Hemel Storm having been re-established in the 2010/11 season after the franchise was moved to Milton Keynes.
Coach Titmuss’ international achievements include leading England senior men to the semi-final round of the European Championships having won the qualifying round for the first time, and achieving first ever victories against Germany and Hungary. He is the first British international Head Coach to lead his country in both running and wheelchair basketball.
At the Club level in season 2008/09 he coached his NBL Division One Reading Rockets team to become the first Club in English basketball history to go undefeated in all domestic competitions winning four national titles – League, Trophy, Cup and Play-Offs – and posting an unprecedented 36-0 record.
At the youth level Coach Titmuss led his Hertfordshire-based Ware Rebels side to a 27 – 0 perfect season and many of his former junior players have gone on to play and coach at the elite level.
He has been voted Basketball England’s ‘National Coach of the Year’ four times in running basketball and twice in the wheelchair game. In the 2011/12 season Coach Titmuss led his hometown Hemel Storm team to promotion to EBL Division One and Storm retained the Patron’s National Cup for the second year running.
Coach Titmuss is a sought after coaching mentor and clinician and has tutored more than 2,000 students through all levels of Basketball England coaching awards, and he has also worked for FIBA (world governing body) in Africa coaching national team players and coaches. He is the author of the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association’s 55,000 word Advanced Coaching Course manual.
Coach Titmuss has delivered two presentations at UK Sport’s World Class Coaching Conference at the Belfry – ‘Getting to the top of the mountain’ and ‘Training Innovation’ – and was keynote speaker at the launch of their ‘Elite Coach’ programme when his presentation was titled ‘No Limits Thinking’. He has also been engaged as a public speaker on leadership to such diverse clients as the NHS and the Bank of America!
Herts Basketball Association Chairman, Dave Pollard, said: “Over the years there have been a number of ‘great’ people who have contributed enormously to the development of basketball in the wider sense and to Herfordshire as a county.
“We wish to recognise these contributions with the HBA Hall of Fame and I’m delighted to announce that Coach Dave Titmuss is the person nominated in this inaugural year.”
Coach Titmuss said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be receiving this award from the county where I got my start as a Coach. I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world either coaching national and club teams or in the pursuit of knowledge about all aspects of basketball that influence how players and teams perform.
“I’m still a student of this great game and will continue to play a part in the sport for as long as I can.
“Basketball has been my life and I’ve learned far more from it than I’ve ever contributed to it.”

Congratulations Dave & well deserved 

 Herts Premier League Div 1 Senior Men Final 2017 
Aylesbury Dux 75 v 50 North Herts Knights
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  Herts Premier League Div 2 Senior Men Final 2017 

East Herts Royals v North Herts Knights

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Herts County U11s Girls Junior Basketball Team 2017 

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Herts County U11s Boys Junior Basketball Team 2017

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Herts County U11s Girls & U11 Boys both came third in the EAST Inter county Tournament on Saturday 29th April 2017

Three girls and four boys were selected


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Good Luck to Herts County U11s Girls & Boys who are taking part in the EAST Inter County Tournament 2017

Thank you to the coaches who volunteer without them we would not have teams to enter


 North Herts Knights In-House Junior Basketball Tournament
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I was invited to North Herts Knights In-House Junior Basketball Tournament on Friday 28th april 2017  & absolutely loved every minute, the kids were just having fun.Benjamin Daniels came up with the idea and runs it all & deserves a big pat on the back. 40 junior players girls & boys took part …… Community Basketball at its very best

 Herts Premier League Division 2 Senior Men’s Final 2017

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Sunday 30th April 2017

Tip off 2pm

East Herts Royals v North Herts Knights ll

Oakland’s Sports Zone in St Albans

Followed by – HBA Hall of Fame Award presented to Dave Titmuss

Everyone is welcome to come along and support

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BOB fm – Hertfordshire & Home Counties Radio 

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Its Official !!!

HPL Chairman Jon Arnold is a qualified Table Official  

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National Basketball Junior Finals 2017 

Manchester 

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Good Luck to two of Hertfordshire basketball teams who are taking part in the National Basketball Junior Final 4’s

West Herts Warriors U16s Girls Team & Oaklands Wolves U18s Women


BASKETBALL ENGLAND LEVEL 1 COACHING COURSE DETAILS

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association are organising a Basketball England Level 1 Coaching Course for this summer

Participants need to attend both dates to pass the course & have to be 16 Years old and over to take part .

We are pleased to announce that the Tutor will be Head Coach Thomas Baker from Essex Senior Men’s Division 2 National League Basketball Club

Basketball England Level 1 Coaching Course

24th & 25th June 2017
Arrive – 9.30am
Classroom – 10am to Midday
Gym – 11.30am to 1.30pm
Lunch – 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Gym – 2.30pm to 6.30pm
Finish – 6.30pm

Fee – per person – £65

Tutor – Head Coach of Essex Leopards Thomas Baker

Venue – Sir Frederic Osborn School
​Herns Lane
Welwyn Garden city
Herts
AL7 2AF​

If you wish to take part or have any questions please dont hesitate to contact  – hertsbasketball@gmail.com


BASKETBALL ENGLAND LEVEL 2 COACHING COURSE DETAILS

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association are organising a Basketball England Level 2 Coaching Course for this summer

Participants need to attend all 5 dates to pass the course & have to be 18 Years old and over to take part .

We are pleased to announce that the Tutor will be Head Coach Thomas Baker from Essex Senior Men’s Division 2 National League Basketball Club

Basketball England Level 2 Coaching Course

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th & 23rd July 2017
Arrive – 9.30am
Classroom – 10am to Midday
Gym – 11.30am to 1.30pm
Lunch – 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Gym – 2.30pm to 6.30pm
Finish – 6.30pm

Fee – per person – £130

Tutor – Head Coach of Essex Leopards Thomas Baker

Venue – Sir Frederic Osborn School
​Herns Lane
Welwyn Garden city
Herts
AL7 2AF​

if you wish to take part or have any questions please dont hesitate to contact – hertsbasketball@gmail.com


BASKETBALL ENGLAND LEVEL 1 TABLE OFFICIALS COURSE DETAILS

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association are organising a Basketball England Level 1 Table Officials Course that will coincide with The Howell Shield Pre Season Basketball Tournament

Participants need to attend the one day course on 23/9/17 and are also invited to attend the Howell Shield Pre Season Basketball Tournament on Sunday 24th September 2017 to officiate along side highly qualified Hertfordshire Table Officials to gain experience and ask as many questions as they like.

We are pleased to announce that the Tutor will be Basketball England Level 3 Table Official Stephen Cutts who officiates National, Local, WBBL & BBL Basketball games as well as officiated at The London Olympics is 2012

Basketball England Level 1 Table Officials Course

Saturday 23rd September 2017
Arrive – 9.30am
Classroom – 10am to 1pm

Fee – per person – £10

Tutor – Stephen Cutts

Venue – Sir Frederic Osborn School
​Herns Lane
Welwyn Garden city
Herts
AL7 2AF​

Howell Shield Pre Season Basketball Tournament details will follow to all candidates wishing to take part

If you wish to take part or have any questions please contact – hertsbasketball@gmail.com


 

Hertfordshire Referee is called up to officiate at the NBL Division 2 Senior Ladies Final 2017 in Manchester 

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Herts County U11’s Boys Training Session 2017 

‘OUCH’

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Kyla Nelson has signed for Pittsburgh USA.

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Kyla is a beautiful young lady inside and out, talented basketball player

She deserves everything life has to offer and the perfect role model for all young players to aspire too

Hertfordshire Basketball Family wish Kyla all the very best for the future and we will miss you


Hertfordshire Basketball Hall of Fame 2017 

Dave Titmuss 

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Herts Basketball Association has chosen former international Coach and Hemel Storm President Dave Titmuss to be the first inductee into its newly created Hall of Fame.
A presentation is being made to Coach Titmuss, 71, during the County Premier League Finals at Oaklands College, St Albans, (Sportszone) on Sunday (April 30th) at 4pm.
Having begun coaching in the county after sustaining a serious knee injury, the former England under-20 player studied the game in the USA at top NCAA Colleges and in the NBA; he also examined key ideas that underpinned the European approach to the game and went on to an extensive and successful forty-five year professional career in the sport.
Known within the sport as ‘Coach T’ he has a reputation for innovative technical expertise, demanding standards and an ability to maximise his players’ potential. An independent review carried out for UK Sport assessed him as “a World Class Coach”.
Coach Titmuss has successfully Head Coached Senior and Junior National men’s teams (GB and England), and the Great Britain World Student Games and Paralympic squads leading the latter to a Bronze Medal at the Athens Paralympics, Silver at the World Championships in Japan and Gold at the Paralympic World Cup. GBWBA appointed him Performance Director/Head Coach in 2004.
At the Club level his teams have won 19 National Championships.

Coach Titmuss was one of the founders of the National League Club in Hemel Hempstead (1978) that then rose to national prominence throughout the ‘eighties having secured a major sponsorship and become known as Ovaltine Hemel Hempstead. Today it competes as Hemel Storm having been re-established in the 2010/11 season after the franchise was moved to Milton Keynes.
Coach Titmuss’ international achievements include leading England senior men to the semi-final round of the European Championships having won the qualifying round for the first time, and achieving first ever victories against Germany and Hungary. He is the first British international Head Coach to lead his country in both running and wheelchair basketball.
At the Club level in season 2008/09 he coached his NBL Division One Reading Rockets team to become the first Club in English basketball history to go undefeated in all domestic competitions winning four national titles – League, Trophy, Cup and Play-Offs – and posting an unprecedented 36-0 record.
At the youth level Coach Titmuss led his Hertfordshire-based Ware Rebels side to a 27 – 0 perfect season and many of his former junior players have gone on to play and coach at the elite level.
He has been voted Basketball England’s ‘National Coach of the Year’ four times in running basketball and twice in the wheelchair game. In the 2011/12 season Coach Titmuss led his hometown Hemel Storm team to promotion to EBL Division One and Storm retained the Patron’s National Cup for the second year running.
Coach Titmuss is a sought after coaching mentor and clinician and has tutored more than 2,000 students through all levels of Basketball England coaching awards, and he has also worked for FIBA (world governing body) in Africa coaching national team players and coaches. He is the author of the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association’s 55,000 word Advanced Coaching Course manual.
Coach Titmuss has delivered two presentations at UK Sport’s World Class Coaching Conference at the Belfry – ‘Getting to the top of the mountain’ and ‘Training Innovation’ – and was keynote speaker at the launch of their ‘Elite Coach’ programme when his presentation was titled ‘No Limits Thinking’. He has also been engaged as a public speaker on leadership to such diverse clients as the NHS and the Bank of America!
Herts Basketball Association Chairman, Dave Pollard, said: “Over the years there have been a number of ‘great’ people who have contributed enormously to the development of basketball in the wider sense and to Herfordshire as a county.
“We wish to recognise these contributions with the HBA Hall of Fame and I’m delighted to announce that Coach Dave Titmuss is the person nominated in this inaugural year.”
Coach Titmuss said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be receiving this award from the county where I got my start as a Coach. I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world either coaching national and club teams or in the pursuit of knowledge about all aspects of basketball that influence how players and teams perform.
“I’m still a student of this great game and will continue to play a part in the sport for as long as I can.
“Basketball has been my life and I’ve learned far more from it than I’ve ever contributed to it.”


Basketball Team Manager of the Future – Harry 

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Herts County U15s Boys Training Session 

23/4/17 

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Herts County U11s Boys Training Session 

22/4/17

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Congratulations to West Herts Warriors U12s Bucks League Champions 2017

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Hertfordshire Girls are continuing to make us PROUD

Vicky Grey & Eleanor Bishop 

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Vicky Grey & Eleanor Bishop  Warriors through and through
Well Done girls who now play for University of Nottingham and won NBL Division 2 Womens Finals in Manchester yesterday

We are very proud of you both especially your old coach ……
Tony Marmo

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Herts County U15’s Girls Training Session 

22/4/17

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Herts County U17s women Training Session

22/4/17

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Herts County U13s Girls Training Session 

22/4/17

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Hertfordshire Coach Danny Magee is living the dream.

Danny is the Assistant Coach for BBL Worchester Wolves

Watch his interview after Wolves win against London Lions, final score 94-90

Extends Worchesters record winning streak to 12-0

The Kid from Stevenage is doing well and we are all so proud of you Danny


 

Corvus Cornix – Royston 

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Hertfordshire Table Official / Tutor Stephen Cutts with the one and only Honey G

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Good Luck Hertfordshire Basketball Family are right behind you …….

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Oaklands Wolves U13s Girls on Tour 

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Oaklands Wolves girls under 13 squad have returned from the Eurojeunes tournament finishing 2nd. Bubbling from their recent debut on the European competition stage. After winning all five games on their first day the girls were in a strong position for day two.

After a tough semi-final they faced home team COB1 in the final and gave it their all only to be defeated by 3 points. Support for the Wolfpack came from Serbia, Belgium and French team Tourcoing as they caught the infectious team spirit and enthusiasm for the game of our girls. Their camaraderie throughout was credit to the great bunch of girls they are.

Grace Strickland’s award for MVP of the tournament was celebrated by all as they parted until late with their medals and trophy. Also Daisy Porter was awarded all-rounder of the tournament for her continued attitude of hard work and commitment to the game both on and off the court.

Returning home all involved were keen to return just to soon as they could to do it all over again.

– Head Coach William Twigg


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 Volunteer Recognition DayThank you to all the Basketball Volunteers in Hertfordshire for all your time, help and support you give to the game we all love basketball.

SLAM DUNK …… Thank you


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Herts Referee David Griffin 

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Basketball Referee David Griffin passed the BE Level 1 & Level 2 Referee Course at the young age of 11 years old.

Basketball England have supportrd, encouraged and given him the amazing opportunities anyone can ask for.

Made friends for life all over the world.

You too can do the same ….. pick up the whistle


 SCANIA CUP 2017 –
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 SCANIA CUP 2017 has sadly drawn to a close for another year & our UK Referees are heading to the airport to fly home.

Thank you to Lahdo Sharro and everyone involved organising a fantastic event for everyone.

New friends have been made & others that will be missed but never forgotten “Mick Howell”


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Congratulations to BE Referee Jess Fox who was nominated for the first year of the Mick Howell Referee SCANIA 2017 Award …..

Well Done & Well Deserved Jess


Herts Referees meet the Greatest Referee of all time – 

Luigi Lamonica

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Herts Referees David Griffin & Hoj Fozi have both been given Finals to officiate at this year’s SCANIA CUP 2017.

David & Hoj are with highly regarded & the best basketball referee in the world Referee Luigi Lamonica


Spread the word add your friends to Hertfordshire Basketball Association Facebook and Twitter

(all members have to be over 18 years)

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Herts County U15s Girls 1st Training Session 

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It’s Easter Weekend and loads of the girls were away but the girls that did attend had a great session with Head Coach Terry & Assistant Coach Julie


Easter Tour 2017

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Oakland’s Wolves U13 Girls have traveled to Calais to take part in Eurojuenes Basketball Tournament 2017 playing against teams from Belgium, France & Serbia


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Happy Easter Everyone …. Don’t eat to many Easter Eggs lol


Herts County U17s Women 2017

Training Session 

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Herts County U11s Girls 2017

Training Session 

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KLM support HBA & Basketball here in Hertfordshire

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Hertfordshire Ladies selected to play for England 

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Hertfordshire Referee’s head out to Sweden to officiate in this years SCANIA CUP 2017 Tournament 

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Hertfordshire Referees David Griffin & Hoj Fozi are 2 of the 13 England referees heading out to Sweden to officiate in this SCANIA Cup 2017


England Basketball Referees on Tour 

Phil Leigh (Manchester) Matt Jennings (Cheshire) David Griffin (Hertfordshire)

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Macy Spinks 

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Hertfordshire Macy Spinks in the England U18s Women photo
Bottom row in white top


HPL Chairman Jon Arnold Past & Present !

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Finals 4’s Referees are being selected 

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Referee David Griffin heads off to Sweden on Thursday to officiate at SCANIA CUP 2017 till 17/4/17, then heads to Manchester to referee at the BE Final 4’s at the end of the month


HPL Div 1 Senior Mens Team North Herts Knights are undefeated this season 14-0

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Birchwood Leisure Centre in Hatfield support Basketball 

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Hertfordshire Young Men play for England 

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Well Done to Hertfordshire England Basketball players Alex Distras, Toby Gastaldi-Davis & Robin Bedford who have been in Manchester at the National Basketball Performance Centre playing in Friendly Games against Scotland


Herts County U13s Boys – Family

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Hertfordshire born & bred Alex Distras attending U15s National Team Camp in Manchester….Good Luck Alex Hertfordshire are right behind you


Herts County U11s Girls – 2017

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Good to see HPL Chairman Jon Arnold kit up for North Herts Knights Basketball 2 Team

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He did survive 


URGENT ………………
U11 Girls needed to take part in the EAST Inter County U11s Basketball Tournament

Born 2006 or earlier

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Training Session
9/4//17
10am to midday
Oaklands Sports Zone in St Albans

If you know any girls of this age group even if they have never picked up a basketball before, we need to see them

Contact Angela for more information – hertsbasketball@gmail.com


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TABLE OFFICIALS –

Required for The EAST Inter County Junior Basketball Tournaments 2017

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Would you be available to Table Official at this years EAST Inter County Junior Basketball Tournaments.

The dates are as follows:

ICT U11s Girls & Boys Tournament
Saturday 29th April 2017
Oaklands Sports Zone, Smallford, Hatfield Rd, Oaklands, St Albans AL4 0JA
Boys – 9.30am to 1.30pm (8 Table Officials required)
Girls – 2pm to 7pm (6 Table Officials required)

ICT U13s Girls & Boys Tournament
Saturday 6th May 2017
Oaklands Sports Zone, Smallford, Hatfield Rd, Oaklands, St Albans AL4 0JA
Boys – 9.15am to 2pm (6 Table Officials required)
Girls – 2.30pm to 8pm (6 Table Officials required)

This a great opportunity for BE Level 1 Table Officials to gain experience

The fee is as follows:

BE Level 1 £20
BE Level 2 £30

If you are able to help please contact hertsbasketball@gmail.com


Hertfordshire Basketball Association Hall of Fame 2017 

Dave Titmuss 

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Over the years there have been a number of “great” people who have contributed enormously to the development of basketball in the wider sense and to Hertfordshire as a County. The Hertfordshire Basketball Association feel it is time to start acknowledging the hours and effort put in by individuals over periods which span not just years, but decades.

2017 will be the launch of the Hertfordshire Hall Of Fame.

From now on, each year at the Play Off Finals we will induct a person into the Hertfordshire Hall Of Fame. There will be an invitation to the selected person (voted and agreed by the current committee in office)to attend the Play Offs and receive an engraved item of recognition at a point following the completion of the Division II final and before the start of the Division 1 final.

I am delighted to announce the person nominated in this inaugural year is Dave Titmuss, a person who has a long standing with basketball in Hertfordshire (especially in Hemel) and at a National level.

Dave has accepted our invitation and will be present on the day of the Play Off finals.

I hope as many of you as possible can make the occasion to be there when we make the presentation (please pass this on to anyone within the basketball circles who might like to attend.

The Play Off Finals are on Sunday 30th April at Oaklands Sports Zone with the first game at 2pm with the presentation to Dave around 4pm (just before the start of the second game)

Please come along everyone is invited

Dave Pollard
Chairman Herts Basketball


Hertfordshire Basketball Family would like to wish Coach Dave Titmmus Happy Birthday who is 71 today ‘The Master’

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STORM’S SEASON ENDS IN PLAY-OFF LOSS

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Hemel Storm 75 – 94Team Northumbria
(National League Division One)

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Hemel Storm failed in their bid to cause a quarter-final playoff upset against League Champions Northumbria on Sunday evening. The game was not as comfortable for Northumbria as the 19 point winning margin suggests but it was an efficient and clinical performance that ended Storm’s adventurous season.

Hemel started brightly matching the hosts in the opening minutes but were forced to withdraw American Khapri Alston after he collected a couple of early fouls. Midway through the first quarter Northumbria seized the initiative with some slick offence as Storm failed to convert their opportunities. By the end of the first quarter Hemel found themselves trailing by 10.

Storm’s plight wasn’t helped as forward Michael Darlow sustained a serious knee injury and was carried from the court early in the second quarter. But, Alston’s re-introduction to the game aided by some fine performances off the bench sparked a turnaround in fortunes that saw Hemel cut the deficit to just four points at half time.

Storm continued their comeback in the third quarter driven by some excellent long range shooting from captain Walid Mumuni and Jack Burnell who top scored with 20 points. With 4½ minutes remaining in the third the comeback was complete as Hemel took the lead at 63-61. That was as good as it got for the visitors as Northumbria immediately went on an 18-3 run to finish the quarter at 79-66.

Hemel were unable to make further inroads into Northumbria’s lead in the final quarter and the home team closed the game out and progress to a semi-final matchup with Loughborough.

Head Coach David Allin said: “Of course it’s disappointing to lose but we knew we had to be at our absolute best to win today and we only achieved that for short periods of the game. Northumbria did a good job in stifling our offence and out-rebounded us which has been a strength of ours. The better team won today.

“We must take some positives out of this season. The progress we have made since Christmas has been significant and we should all be very proud of that. The club is in great shape to move forward next season and beyond.”

Team and scorers:
Burnell 20, Alston 14, Mumuni 13, Rhodes 8, Allin 5, Darlow 5, Adorian 4, Yeboah 4, Josey 2

Pictures:
Jack Burnell – top scorer with 20 points
Michael Darlow – dislocated knee early in 2nd quarter

(pictures by Lin Titmuss)

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On this Day…
 
CEDI FREDERICK·TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
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…the 4th April, 30 years ago, I was part of the BCP London team that shocked the British basketball world by beating the mighty Kingston 96-82 to win basketball’s National Championship at Wembley arena in front of 10,000 people and a national television audience of millions. The previous night we’d surprised a few people by beating the League Champions Portsmouth 106-102 with Colin Irish, Mike Spaid and Alan ‘Swoop’ Cunningham in the semi-final, but no one expected us to then go on and beat the national Cup Holders, a star studded Kingston team coached by the legendary Kevin Cadle and that contained Steve Bontrager, Dan Davis and Martin Clark in their ranks. In the intro to the live TV coverage of the game, Stuart Storey the commentator said that ‘…according to the rankings, BCP London had no right to be in the final, but they had other ideas…’! We sure did!
At the end of the regular season we’d finished 4th in the league with a 17 and 7 record, behind Portsmouth, Kingston and Manchester Utd. The memory has faded, but I think we might have finished higher but for losing Brian Kellybrew for 3/4 games after Christmas when he slipped on a wet patch by our bench that hadn’t been dried after a time out! With Brian out, I got a lot more minutes, but I was no Brian Kellybrew, and I think we lost a couple of games that with Brian we would have won!
At the start of the 1986/87 season my team Brunel Ducks joined forces with Crystal Palace to become BCP London. We trained and played at Brunel university and the National Sports Centre and with the addition of Crystal Palace’s Paul Stimpson and Micky Betts as starters, Michael Ball coming off the bench and David Last as coach along with his highly experienced backroom team of Terry Doherty, Mike Stapleton and others, I clearly remember there being a very different atmosphere and expectation within the club. These guys knew how to win, expected to win and it didn’t take long for Jon Burnell, Steve Panovka, Phil Ralfe and Julio Politi and I to raise our individual games to their expected level. Our two American superstars, Dale Roberts and Brian Kellybrew already played to an extraordinarily high level night in and night out
30 years is a very long time ago, and I’ve forgotten so much of that season but a few things stick in my mind. We were a team where everyone knew their role inside out. Dale and Brian would always start. Coach Last would then, based on the game situation take one of them out and put me in. My job? Simple. Play D, rebound like my life depended on it, and scrap for whatever I could offensively. Coach would then put Brian or Dale back in, to give the other a rest, then after 3/4/5 minutes as needed, take me out. That rotation happened throughout the game, every game! Paul Stimpson, Julio Politi and Micky Betts were our other starters with JB, Steve Ball and Phil Ralfe collectively backing them up.
The other thing I remember was that the weekend before the Wembley ‘Final Four’ we’d played a tournament in Ireland and won both the semi-final and final by a point each. That had really given us a mental toughness that prepared us to win the National Championship.
Having previously lost twice at the semi-final stage with Ovaltine Hemel Hempstead, and on one infamous occasion, my failure to make one of three free throws at the end of a semi-final against Sunderland, then fouling Art Wearren, who of course made his free throws, costing us the game, to say that I was pleased to have achieved one of my basketball ambitions, would be an understatement!

This why Herts County is so important to junior basketball players

I would like to share with you a text I received this morning from Brian Walshe who’s son Evan Walshe came along to Herts County Trial back in 2009, there was something very special about Evan and at the end of the session I remember saying to Evan “What is your favourite sport you like playing”? & he replied “football” I said “Evan if you focus on basketball I can guarantee you will play for England” …… & he did

Brian text message …….

Angela, thought I would message you today to say Thank-you! About 8 years ago I bought Evan to an U11 Hertfordshire Trial hosted by you and Tony. This was just the start for Evan in Basketball, he had not played before and you guys gave him so much encouragement that he got hooked. You can never know the impact you make on young peoples lives until you look back and note the start of things. Evan is now thriving in Miami and will start his second year of a degree which ( without Basketball) he would probably not be taking. Thank- you for your encouragement of him on that day in 2009 and ever since!

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Claire Bashford You are a very special lady Angela, there’s not many like you around anymore. I too would like to say thank you to you for all you’ve done for Jay.
I just wished I could give back to basketball just a small percentage of what you do xx

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Herts County U11s Boys 

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Good Luck Coach Jack Burnell 

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Herts County U13s Boys sent their Head Coach Jack Burnell a thumbs up who was away playing in BE NL Div 1 Senior Mens Play Off Game


 North Herts Knights Basketball Club
Sessions are open to
GIRLS & BOYS
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Good Luck to Herts County U13s Boys Head Coach Jack Burnell who will not be at County Training tomorrow as he will be playing in the

National League Division 1 Senior Mens Play Off Quarter Finals

We all wish Jack & Hemel Storm the best of luck and will be cheering you all on


Congratulations to Russell Hoops Coaches Rikki Broadmore & Phil Russell 

on winning the U16 National Schools Finals 2017 with Barking Abbey


Thank you Coach Riccardo Raggi 

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On behalf of everyone here in Hertfordshire who has had the opportunity of meeting and working with Italian Coach Riccardo Raggi Thank you for all your help, support and advise that you have given to our players and coaches.

We wish you and your family all the very best for the future and you will always be welcomed back with open arms


 

 

Thank you 

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Thank you to Ben Russell for the beautiful flowers & kind words 

Angela Griffin 


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Hertfordshire Referee David Griffin travels to Leicester to officiate in the ABL Finals 2017


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Interested in your club joining the Herts Premier League for next season?

Contact – hertspremierleaguebasketball@gmail.com

for more information


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Well Done to Herts Referees who officiated today at The Herts Inter FE Games 2017 that took place at Herts Sports Village.
Referees – Alex, Dan, Dwain & Ronnie

Hertfordshire Referee Lewis King 
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Congratulations to Hertfordshire BE Level 2 Referee Lewis King who was selected to officiate at the Basketball School Finals

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Hemel Storm 88 – 72 Derby Trailblazers
(National League Division One)
STORM LASH DERBY

It was standing room only for fans at Sportspace on Saturday as Hemel Storm finished their regular National League Division 1 season with anemphatic win over fourth placed Derby Trailblazers.

Hemel’s win was underpinned by an unbelievable haul of 66 team rebounds; 30 more than their opponents on the night and the most by any team in the league all season. Khapri Alston dominated the boards once again with 18 and Michael Darlow contributed 10.

Just a point separated the teams after a pulsating first quarter but Vanarama-sponsored Hemel eased into the lead midway through the second as their fast break clicked into gear. It was a lead that wouldn’t be relinquished for the remainder of the game.

Alston also led his team’s scoring with 17 points but this was a confident team performance from Storm which saw them win all four quarters with an impressive 40 point contribution from the bench.

All eleven players got on the scoresheet and all eleven players grabbed at least a couple of rebounds, including Wayne Yeboah who had to retire from the game in the first quarter due to a thigh muscle injury sustained against Bradford last week.

The result completes an unlikely turnaround in Hemel’s fortunes as they moved out of a mid-season relegation battle to become one of the form teams in the league. With all league games now complete the top eight teams compete in the post-season playoffs in which Storm face a tough matchup away to League Champions Northumbria. It’s a game that several weeks ago would have been considered a straight forward home win for the Newcastle-based side but with Hemel’s ongoing improvement it will be a contest that Northumbria will not relish.

Storm have unsettled many teams in the latter stages of the league campaign with tenacious defence and powerful rebounding. The individual talents of Nik Rhodes and Khapri Alston are a handful for anyone and when combined with the blend of excellent youth and experience off the bench it’s easy to see why they have made such strides since the New Year.

Hemel will need to be firing on all cylinders to have a chance of defeating Northumbria on their home court but the possibility is not out of the question based on current form.

Head Coach, David Allin, summed up the conclusion to the season: “At Christmas I set a very optimistic and challenging objective of getting to 13 wins by the end of the season. Today, I am very pleased to say that we achieved that goal. It’s been an amazing turnaround and I’m extremely proud of the effort the players have put in. Today’s win over Derby was a fitting finale – the crowd was absolutely incredible and I think we put on a good show for them.”

And he went on to give his views on the playoffs: “We’ve got ourselves in a position where three wins can get us a National title. It’s going to be a very difficult game at Northumbria, they have excellent players and are well coached. But I don’t think we’ve played at our maximum yet for a whole game. If we can do so next weekend then we have a chance of creating an upset – it’s a one-off game and anything can happen.”

Team and Scorers:
Alston 17, Kearney 13, Rhodes 10, Josey 10, Burnell 9, Adorian 8, Mumuni 6, Darlow 5, Yeboah 4, Rodwell 4, Allin 2

A win against Northumbria will secure a home draw for Storm in the semi-finals full details will be on www.stormbasketball.net

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KhapriAlson – leading scorer (17) and rebounder (18)

(Picture by Lin Titmuss)

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Mother’s Day 
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Well it was Mothers Day today and it was such a lovely gesture for Head Coach Jack Burnell & Phil Russell who bought amazing Mum, Player, referee Charlotte  Hill for helping run Herts County U13s Boys Training Session

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North Herts Knights Basketball Club – ‘Red Nose Day’

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Just wanted to say WOW ! what another great in-house tournament night . Hope all those who came tonight enjoyed themselves.

Great Basketball, Great Fun and Great Togetherness you should all be proud of yourselves. Well Done .

Fantastic turn out in red t-shirts and red noses for RED NOSE DAY .
3 out of 4 teams will receive 2 extra bonus league points for their great red nose turnout, however the yellow team will receive 3 bonus points as EVERYONE in their team had a red nose, SUPERB, well done yellows .

We raised £70.55 on the night for Red Nose Day.

(£23.65 – 50% of refreshments sales on the night)
(The rest £46.90 in donations – including promised donations from Angela and Ewan.)

I will donate this amount tonight.

We also had 4 newcomers on the night, thank you to everyone for making them feel welcome and helping them settle straight in.

Well done to the girls, who played well and scored some great double point baskets to help their teams.

And of course a big thank you to everyone who helps out on the night, without you the evening would not happen.

Anna Weller with myself on the table
I think we knew what we were doing .

Lisa Davies and Janine Saggers with the refreshment sales

And of course no rest tonight for Daniel Sanders and Benjamin Daniels they will both sleep well tonight after 3 hours straight refereeing and organising.

Another big well done also to Fabian one of our Under 12’s practicing his refereeing. Fabian you were great, hope you enjoyed it.

Thanks also to Hoj Fozi for guess appearing as our refereeing helper and mentor.

Well that’s about it from a crazy, mad but fun evening, I’m sure we will all sleep well

Hope you like the photos
Although sorry I’m not great at taking photos.

Take Care
Enjoy your weekend and normal training IS on next Friday 31st of March so see you next week.

P.S let Benj catch his breathe and have a lay in tomorrow then he will work out the league tables and top scorers on the night and he says he hopes to post the results by the end of the weekend.

P.P.S Guess what Ewan Kassir Benj didn’t finish on time again it was 9.06pm !


East Herts Royals v Bedford Thunder
Final score 74-36
Well Done Royals

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 NORTH HERTS KNIGHTS BASKETBALL CLUB
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 NHK’S are for new junior players for next seasons U14’s & U16’s competitive Basketball England National League Teams…..
There will be taster sessions and trials taking place after Easter.
If anyone is interested in playing for NHK’s next season contact me via email hertsbasketball@gmail.com and I will forward on your details

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STORM SLAY THE DRAGONS AND QUALIFY FOR PLAY-OFFS!

Hemel Storm 96 – 103Manchester Magic
Hemel Storm 87 – 80 Bradford Dragons
(National League Division One)

Hemel Storm fought off a late Bradford Dragons’ rally on Sunday to cement their place in the end of season National League Division One Championship Play-offs.
Storm’s Nik Rhodes made two crucial steals and lay-ups to ignite an 8 – 0 game-winning run in the closing minutes and seal the 87 – 80 victory.
The eight-man home team had erased an early 14 point Storm advantage and when Bradford’s RihardsSulcs hit a jump-shot in the final period to give his team a 71 – 68 lead it triggered a stunning defensive stand by Hemel to hold Dragons scoreless for three minutes while. Rhodes’ steals, a Khapri Alston dunk and Carl Josey free-throws pushed the visitors lead out to nine points.
Vanarama-sponsored Storm had fallen 103 – 96 to Manchester Magic the League’s third-placed team the night before and knew they had to win one of their remaining games either against Bradford on Sunday or at home next week versus Derby Trailblazers to secure a place in the Play-offs..
Storm Head Coach David Allin who has led Hemel to seven wins in the last 10 contests to ward off concerns about potential relegation, said: “Our primary goal this weekend was to win at least one of the games and secure a play-off spot and we are thrilled to have done that.
“A couple of months ago we had concerns about relegation. We’ve now put ourselves in a position where we’re not only safe but now will be competing for a National title in post season play. That’s a tremendous achievement for the Club and I’ll be pretty certain that the top teams will not fancy playing us in a one-off game.”

In Bradford Wayne Yeboah was once again Hemel’s ‘glue’ player, making key defensive plays and eventually top-scoring with a hard-earned 20 points.

The home team took the first quarter 22 – 21in a fast-paced, uncompromising clash. But with Yeboah working hard on the boards and his teammates firing on all cylinders – including two three-pointers from Jack Burnell – Storm took control and threatened to open a commanding lead.

But it was not to be, some defensive lapses and late scores from Dragons’ RafieSaipe and Dwayne Camille closed the gap to 45 – 37 at the half.

Bradford started the third period the stronger team and had the best of the period closing Storm’s advantage to 63 – 60 before taking the lead to set-up the intense closing minutes.

As in many games this season Hemel – the second best rebounding team in the country – won the battle of the boards 35 to 22 and shot at an impressive 52 per cent success rate.

There were signs of Hemel’s fighting spirit the night before against a powerful Manchester Magic team when having been unable to contain the Magic’s fast breaks and outstanding shooting, Storm had gone to the locker room at half-time 20 points adrift, 57 – 37.

But led by their American centre, Alston, and much-improved defence the Storm refused to lay down and by the end of the third period had chipped away to close the gap to 77 – 63. In the last five minutes Manchester was forced to call time-out when the margin was cut to single figures.

“We achieved some of what we planned to do against Manchester,” said Allin but gave up too many fast break points in the first half and although we got close, we couldn’t recover.”
Storm Team and scorers v Manchester: Alston 30, Rhodes 17, Yeboah 15, Josey 11, Mumuni 11, Adorian 6, Darlow 4, Kearney 2, Allin (N), Burnell.
Storm Team and scorers v Bradford:Yeboah 20, Darlow 15, Mumuni 14, Rhodes 12, Burnell 8, Josey 6, Alston 6, Allin (N) 2, Kearney 2, Adorian 2

Storm’s next home game – their last National League Division One game of the season – is this Saturday (March 25) at Sportspace against Derby Trailblazers, tip-off 7pm. Tickets www.stormbasketball.net

Photo captions:
Pic 1: Storm’s Nik Rhodes made two crucial steals in the victory over Bradford Dragons.
Pic 2: Storm’s hard-working and talented Wayne Yeboah led all scorers against Bradford Dragons.
(Photos: Lin Titmuss)

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“THE BIG CATS WILL BE BACK”

Levett Essex Leopards general manager Dave Ryan has vowed that the Big Cats will immediately bounce back after a heart-breaking weekend saw them relegated from NBL Division One.
Saturday saw Leopards lead for 39 of the 40 minutes in regulation time at London Lituanica before losing 88-83 in double overtime before a buzzer beater saw them go down 83-82 at Lancashire Spinners.
The Big Cats now face their first season in Division Two in their 13 year history, but Ryan is determined that his side will make a swift return to the top flight:
“It’s absolutely shattering” he admitted. “I can’t fault the players for their effort in the last three games since we had to change coach, they gave everything but we came up just short both times.
“The atmosphere in the locker room afterwards was unbelievable, it’s easy to exaggerate things but it was like someone died. To see the ball go through the hoop with nothing left on the clock was heart-breaking. I’ve been a supporter of football and basketball since I was a kid – and I’ve certainly cried before –  but nothing has ever felt that bad.
“Ultimately three season-ending injuries to players who would’ve been starting killed us.
“But we have no right to stay up, we have no right to win games. What we have to do now is regroup, get better and make sure we bounce back immediately – no excuses, we just have to come straight back.
“We’d already spent a lot of time building for next season, making changes we felt were necessary and trying to improve things on the court.
“It’s not arrogant to say we have had the best game-day experience in Division One this season, all the work a lot of people have put in has paid off in that respect with the biggest crowds in the league and reaching the point we had to turn kids away from the pre-game coaching because there was too many of them to fit on the court.
“Now we have to make sure that not only do we have the best club in Division Two but we also have the best team and come straight back with silverware to show for our efforts.
“AJ [Roberts – Leopards’ American guard] said after the game ‘I’m not going out like that, I’m coming back to get us back where we belong’ – that’s the attitude we have to have.”
Ryan had praise for new coach Thomas Baker who stepped in after Leopards and Steve Ogunjimi agreed to part company a fortnight ago: “Tom’s been great. Talk about being chucked in the deep end without armbands, but he’s been up to the challenge.
“We’ll sit down and talk with Oaklands about next season, our partnership with them is vital to our club and will only make us better, but I hope he’s going to continue to be part of Leopards next season.”

Herts County U13s Girls First Training Session – 2017 

with Coach Will & Coach Benj 

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Hertfordshire Coach Thomas Baker 

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Hertfordshire Coach Tom Baker who has just recently been appointed as Head Coach to Essex Leopards have been so close to a win in the last 2 games and it’s snatched away at the very last moment.
Last week lost by 2 points, this week after 2 overtime periods lost by 5 points.
The guys have another away game to get ready for tomorrow….Good Luck

As Levett Leopards prepare for trips to London Lituanica (revised details here) and Lancashire Spinners, new coach Thomas Baker is confident his side can win their three remaining games and avoid relegation.

“We’re excited for the double header this weekend, the guys seems buoyed by the improved performance against Leicester irrespective of not picking up the win we deserved” he said.

“We know how we must play and we know that we have the capability to go and win all 3 games. However, we are taking it one step at a time, we must remain focussed in each game to ensure we continue to perform to the standards we set ourselves.

“Practice has been good this week so far, but continued investment is needed throughout the next couple of weeks, I believe we can pick up the wins we need and save our season.”


Coach /Player Jack Burnell 

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Congratulations to Coach/Player Jack Burnell who has been nominated by Russell Hoops for The Young Apprentice of the Year 2017


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STORM’S FIGHTING SPIRIT HALTS THE TRAILBLAZERS

Hemel Storm 76 – 71Derby Trailblazers
(National League Division One)

Hemel Storm’s surge towards the National Championship play-offs continued in Derby on Saturday when they emerged 76 – 71 winners after a toe-to-toe battle against the hometown Trailblazers.
And the win was secured in remarkable fashion on a night when Hemel’s shooting touch deserted them.
The visitors struggled throughout the game eventually shooting at their worst success rate of the season – 36 percent – but outstanding rebounding of missed shots and intense defence secured them an amazing 28 more shooting opportunities than Derby which was enough to clinch a gutsy victory against the League’s fourth placed team.
Vanarama-sponsored Storm had gone into the final three minutes trailing 65 – 62 but they closed out the match in style behind some outstanding individual performances in particular from Khapri Alston, Wayne Yeboah, Walid Mumuni and Nik Rhodes.
Their run to the winning line started with an assist by Rhodes to Alston and a massive dunk to close the gap to one point. And they took the lead for good when Mumuni stole the ball and a Mike Darlow missed shot was grabbed by Alston and his inch perfect pass found Yeboah cutting to the basket for a lay-up and a 75 – 68 lead.
In the closing minute Storm’s trapping defence again stole the ball and Yeboah sank one of his free-throws before Derby’s captain, Stanley, fired in a long-range consolation three-pointer seconds before the final buzzer.
Throughout the game no more than six points separated the teams, Hemel held a 39 – 33 half-time edge but a 23 – 14 third quarter burst sent Derby into the final stanza ahead 56 – 53. Storm fought back and produced an inspired 23 – 15 final period.
Hemel’s Head Coach Dave Allin was quick to praise his team’s determination and resilience: “Sometimes when the shots aren’t falling you have to find other ways to win.
“Despite getting good looks we were having a cold night on offence so our defence forced Derby into turnovers and most important of all we were fantastic on the offensive boards.
“There was a point where I thought this one might get away from us but we made some big plays in the end game and closed it out well. Khapri and Niko led the way for us but we are getting excellent contributions from the whole squad.

“Beating the fourth placed team on their own court was fantastic for us. It demonstrates our continued improvement of late and of course takes us another step closer to a play-off spot,” added Allin.

Key match facts: Storm had 20 offensive rebounds to Derby’s five but they shot at a 36 percent success rate compared to their opponent’s 44 percent; Hemel had 15 steals to Derby’s seven.

Storm Team and scorers: Alston 25, Yeboah 15, Rhodes 11, Burnell 6, Mumuni 6, Josey 5, Darlow 4, Adorian 4, Kearney, Allin.

Storm are on the road next weekend to face Manchester Magic on Saturday and Bradford Dragons on Sunday – both teams they lost to earlier in the season.

And Hemel’s last League game is at home against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday March 25th at Sportspace, tip-off 7pm. For tickets go to:www.stormbasketball.net

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Herts County U17s Boys FIRST Training Session

with Head Coach Albert & Assistant Coach Jon

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Referee David Griffin – Belgium 

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Referee David Griffin is away in Belgium officiating at the ISST Tournament with Keith Williams Latif Hussain Mohammad Amin Firooz Tiam


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STORM CAGES THE LEOPARDS AFTER SPIRITED LOSS TO LEAGUE LEADERS

Hemel Storm 87- 98 Northumbria
Hemel Storm 89 – 63 Essex Leopards
(National League Division One)

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A weekend of contrasts saw Hemel Storm in a battling 87 – 98 loss to League leaders Team Northumbria but next day dominate local rivals Essex Leopards in an impressive 89 – 63 victory on the road.
Sunday’s win in Brentwood keeps Vanarama-sponsored Hemel on track for a berth in the end-of-season National Championship Play-offs just two league points ahead of London Lituanica in National League Division One.
After a below par pre-Christmas run Storm has turned things around since early January winning seven of their last ten games. But they now face their final four contests against teams above them in the table including third-placed Manchester Magic, home and away games against Derby Trailblazers who are currently in fourth spot, and sixth placed Bradford Dragons.
It was standing room only on Saturday at Sportspace as National Cup winners and title favourites Northumbria came to town. When the sides met in the North East earlier in the season Northumbria won comfortably 91 – 78 but on Saturday they were challenged on every possession and only some defensive lapses on Hemel’s part and outstanding shooting by the visitors eventually got Northumbria the win.
“I think the final eleven point margin flatters them a little,” said Storm’s Head Coach Dave Allin. “There’s no doubt they’re an excellent team but we put in a performance against them and the fact that we’re disappointed with the loss shows the improvement we’ve made.
“They were able to punish us for a couple of defensive lapses in the first half that gave them the 10 point lead which we couldn’t claw back,” added the Coach.
Paced by their recent American signing Khapri Alston who led Storm’s scoring with 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and also stand-out efforts from Nik Rhodes (19 points, 5 assists) and Tom Adorian (16 points, five rebounds) Hemel matched Northumbria throughout the second half (43 – 44)at one stage closing the gap to seven points. But the visitors were able to convert all of their last six free-throws as Hemel was forced to foul in order to stop the clock and get extra possession.
Storm did not let the physical challenge and intensity of Saturday’s clash affect them on Sunday afternoon when they faced a Leopards squad who they’d needed overtime to defeat 88 – 83 only last month.
After an even first period ended 20 – 18 to the visitors Hemel produced a stunning second quarter holding Essex to just six points while running in 24 themselves to balloon the lead out to 44 – 24 by half-time.
After the break all ten players were substituted into the game as Storm maintained their defensive pressure and created turnovers that were converted into fast break points.
Alston was rewarded for his tireless rebounding when a steal and pass saw him sprint full-court to throw down a massive dunk to the delight of the travelling Hemel fans.
At the end of the third quarter Hemel led 63 – 37 and in the final stanza after Simon Kearney connected on a three-pointer followed by back-to-back triples from Hemel’s top-scorer Jack Burnell (17 points) Storm had a commanding 78 – 44 advantage and there was no way back for the home team who eventually lost 89 – 63.
“We played some great defence against Essex,” said a delighted Coach Allin. “Holding a team to 24 points in a half took all the pressure off our offence.

“I was really pleased with a fantastic team performance. We were able to get players on the court without disrupting our momentum and everyone scored.

“This weekend’s performances gives us confidence going into our four remaining games which will all be very tough but I’m positive that we can get the results we need to make the playoffs.”

Hemel got the better of Essex in all of the key statistical areas – overall shooting success 56 percent to 34 percent; total rebounds 41 to 32; steals 13 to 8; assists 18 to 13; three-point shooting 45 percent to 19 percent, and free-throws 75 percent to 61 percent.

Storm team and scorers v Northumbria: Alston 21, Rhodes 19, Adorian 16,
Darlow 12, Josey 9, Kearney 6, Yeboah 4, Allin (N), Burnell, Mumuni, Rodwell.

Storm team and scorers v Essex: Burnell 17, Alston 12, Yeboah 11, Rhodes 11, Darlow 10, Josey 9, Adorian 8, Mumuni 7, Kearney 3, Allin (N) 1.

Storm’s last home game of the League season is at Sportspace on Saturday March 25th against Derby Trailblazers, tip-off 7pm.

For Tickets:go to www.stormbasketball.net

Photo caption 1: Storm’s Khapri Alston leading scorer against Northumbria.(Lin Titmuss)

Photo caption 2 (wearing number 7): Storm’s Jack Burnell hit back to back triples against Essex. (Lin Titmuss).

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Herts County U17s Boys FIRST Training Session is underway with Head Coach Albert & Assistant Coach Jon

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Here we go its official…..

Well Done Coach Thomas Baker the whole of Hertfordshire are right behind you and Essex Leopards

Levett Leopards have announced that Thomas Baker will coach the Big Cats for the remaining four games of the NBL Division One season.

Baker replaces Steve Ogunjimi who parted company with the club by mutual consent on Monday, and will make his debut in Sunday’s game against Leicester Warriors at the Brentwood Centre (4pm).

He will be assisted by long-time assistant coach Roger Malpass, who is unable to commit to all the club’s practice sessions due to work commitments, while Lee Ryan – who works with Baker at Oaklands Academy – will assist at practice while continuing to coach the Oaklands women’s team in the WBBL.

Baker is a BTEC Lecturer in Sport at Oaklands, and previously coached the colleges Division Four side. He is also the University of Hertfordshire men’s head coach as well as the East of England under-15 boys head coach. He has also been involved in the England national team as the under-18s women’s performance analyst and also the East Region under-17 women’s head coach

Ryan [right] has 12 years of academy coaching experience, including the six years as Head of Performance at Oaklands. He has also coached at national junior team level for the last seven years.

Baker is excited about taking over a Leopards team that desperately needs to start winning games if they are to avoid a first relegation in their 13-year history: “I’d like to thank Leopards for the opportunity to coach at Division One level.

“I’m looking forward to coaching the guys, and I believe we can turn things around. I watched a lot of game tape I know that we have some talented players who can help us move up the table.

“Clearly the team have been playing well in spurts, we just need to work on things so we play well for longer and pick up the wins we need.

“We’ll look to change some things in practice but having Roger around to provide some continuity is important as we aim to win our final four games.”

Leopards general manager Dave Ryan welcomed the club’s new coaches: “We’re delighted to have been able to bring Thomas and Lee on board at a crucial time in the season. We believe they can help us win some key games, and it strengthens our links with Oaklands.”


Hertfordshire Referee David Griffin heads to Belgium 

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Congratulations to BE Referee David Griffin who has been selected to officiate in Belgium from 8th – 11th March 2017


So whats next for Hertfordshire player Ben Lawson …… 

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As the only four-year senior for the Hilltoppers, Big Ben came to WKU from England four years ago and has developed into a dominant rim protector for the Hilltoppers.

Ben will finish his career in the top four in WKU history for career blocks with 184 and counting. He also joins former WKU star Jeremy Evans as the only Hilltoppers with three seasons of at least 50 blocks.

Ben has represented the Tops on an international level with Great Britain’s National Team, and he’ll finish his career with a field goal percentage of better than 57 percent, including many rim-rattling dunks. He was joined on Senior Night by his father, Chris, and his mum, Laura.


Hertfordshire lad Evan Walshe is doing well in Miami

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Change is coming …….

Russell Hoops move to a Brand New VENUE

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We are now in our 6th year since Russell Hoops was established!  We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to grow the sport of Basketball in Hertfordshire and increase participation levels that have not been seen before! 

However, it has not been easy and many obstacles have been fought along the way, especially, during our earlier years, where Basketball was seen as a minority sport and in some areas it still is: we call it “work in progress”!

With a tally of over 600 children that pursue this sport on a weekly basis within our programme, it is evident that change is coming. 

We have to be able to keep up with the demand and strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment, for children of all ages and levels, to enjoy this fantastic sport. 

Therefore, with this in mind, we are extremely excited to announce that from April 1st 2017, we will be moving our home base to CHAUNCY SCHOOL SPORTS CENTRE. This brand new complex which opened last month boasts the state of the art Basketball courts, classrooms,viewing gallery and a fitness centre. 

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“We are truly grateful to Presdales School who have been exceptionally supportive and flexible over these past 5 years in helping us to build Russell Hoops. However, as we have grown, it was inevitable that we would need to secure more space and this opportunity was hard to turn down. The facilities are exceptional, the staff and school are on board with our vision and we can’t wait to settle into our new home”. 

We hope you can join us at our Easter events for the grand opening, the count down has started! 

On to a new page and new chapter for us all within the Russell Hoops family.


 

Happy Pancake Day

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Evan Walshe WINS Regular Seasons Title with Barry 

(Hoopsfix)

Evan Walshe has enjoyed immediate success at Barry University as they secured their first-ever outright Sunshine State Conference regular season title.

The Buccaneers went 21-5 on the season including 13-5 in the SSC and now head into the post-season as the Number 1 seed in the Conference Tournament.

“Winning this year’s regular season title has been such a fun ride with my team-mates and to finish our regular season with the chip is a testament to our hard work,” Walshe told Hoopsfix.

“We all came to Barry for one reason and that was to win, winning the regular season made history at Barry for the first time to win an outright title and that is just one step towards are ultimate goal – we aren’t done yet.”

Walshe played in 20 games with a career-high of 11 points coming against Xavier at the end of December.

The freshman guard finishes the regular season having registered an average of 2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 7.3 minutes per game in his first year with the Bucs.

“This year has had a lot of ups and downs; adjusting to the lifestyle and systems has been challenge at times,” admitted Walshe, a HASC alumni.

“But I wouldn’t have changed any of it. I’ve loved my time as a freshman competing for minutes and proving that I can compete with the best in our league.

“I’ve established a good ground that I can work on and compete for a starting spot next year.

“All in all it’s been amazing and I can’t wait for my next 3 years.”

Barry take on Florida Tech in the SSC Tournament quarter-finals as they look to make it to the NCAA DII Championship.


FOUR GAME WINNING STREAK BOOSTS

STORM’S PLAY-OFF HOPES

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Hemel Storm 79 – 64Lancashire Spinners

National League Division One

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 A simple defensive game plan was brilliantly executed by Hemel Storm in Bury on Saturday and they came away with a convincing 79 – 64 win against Lancashire Spinners in a National League Division One clash. Hemel lead from the tip-off against a Spinners squad that had beaten them by two points at Sportspace earlier in the season.

It was an accomplished performance by the entire Vanarama-sponsored Hemel squad and the result takes them a step closer to qualifying for the coveted top-eight end-of-season National Championship Play-offs.

Storm’s game-plan focused on completely denying the ball to Spinners’ high percentage shooters Mark Rangeley and skipper Jack Hudson, neutralising the inside threat of forward David Ulph and trying to quickly convert their opponent’s turnovers into fast break points.

Dogged defending especially by Hemel’s Carl Josey, Wayne Yeboah and Walid Mumuni did the trick as Rangley’s16 points per game average was cut in half and Hudson and Ulph were restricted to just 11 points each. And Storm was able to chalk-up a total of 19 points from their opponent’s forced mistakes.

The home team was held to ten first quarter points as Hemel raced to an early six point lead in a fast-paced, entertaining game. Both teams struggled to find shooting form early on but settled in the second stanza.

Spinners’ 21 second quarter points wasn’t enough to reduce the deficit as Hemel also improved offensively with a 25 point haul due largely to their powerful American import Khapri Alston who began to take control around the basket. Alston led the way with nine points to help balloon his team’s advantage to 41-31 by half-time.

Alston finished the game leading all scorers with a magnificent performance scoring 23 points and snaring 15 rebounds that included an impressive six offensive boards.

A mini revival from the home team in the third quarter briefly cut the difference to seven but that was as close as it got before Hemel who had lost to Spinners 88 – 90 at Sportspace back in November, once again pulled away to close out a comfortable 15 point victory.

“The win was a tremendous effort by our entire squad,” said a delighted Hemel Head Coach David Allin. “All eleven guys got on the score-sheet but the foundation of the victory was an outstanding collective defensive effort.

“We set out to make things very difficult for their main scorers and managed to keep them well below their usual numbers.  Only once this season has Lancashire had a worse shooting percentage – I was really pleased with how we executed our game plan.

“There will always be stand-out individual players in the statistics, but today’s win was about the contributions of everyone in the squad.  I have absolute confidence in everyone that steps on the court for us.”

 Storm team and scorers: Alston 23, Rhodes 11, Josey 9, Yeboah 6, Kearney 6, Allin 5, Adorian 4, Burnell 4, Mumuni 4, Henry 4, Darlow 3

Storm are at Sportspace this Saturday (March 4th) against the current League leaders Team Northumbria, tip-off 7pm. Tickets: www.stormbasketball.net

Photo caption:Storm’s Wayne Yeboah played outstanding defence and led the team in steals with five. (Photo: Lin Titmuss)

 


 Aspiring Young Hertfordshire Referee Ryan Fozi

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Ryan Fozi achieved his Level 1 basketball officiating awarded in June 2016. He took part in HPL pre season tournament and officiated a seniors game.
Ryan took on the court again in U11 tournament on Sunday 26th of Feb organised by Harlow Hawks and officiated 4 games.
It’s never too early to start developing your basketball skills.


All fun & Games at Herts County Junior Basketball Trials 2017 

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Herts County U11’s U13’s, u15’s & U17’s Girls Basketball Trial 2017 

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Herts County U11’s U13’s, u15’s & U17’s Boys Basketball Trial 2017 

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NBL Cup Finals 2017 

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Fantastic weekend here in Hertfordshire and it was an pleasure to be able to host the National Basketball League Cup Final

All photographs can be viewed on Hertfordshire Basketball Association Facebook page


ALL NBL CUP FINALS TEAMS
coming to Hertfordshire for the NBL Cup Finals 2017 

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David modelling the new Herts County Coaches Sport Tops

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 Hemel Storm 83 – 79 Leicester Warriors

National League Division One

BIG WIN IN LEICESTER KEEPS STORM’S

PLAY-OFF HOPES ALIVE

 Hemel Storm’s experienced captain Walid Mumuni sank two free-throws in the final seconds to seal a crucial four point victory away to Leicester Warriors on Saturday.

The win moves Vanarama-sponsored Storm up to ninth place in the table just one spot away from qualification for the end-of-season National Championship Play-Offs with eight games remaining.

The impressive victory was achieved without Hemel’s influential dual national point guard Nik Rhodes who is recovering from a back injury and they were also without backup point guard Nick Allin because of flu.

Leon Henry who signed with Storm from Leicester this season rose to the challenge against his former team and started in the ball-handling role. As well as running in seven first quarter points of his ownhe also dished out 3 assists to forward, Michael Darlow who sanksevenfirst quarter points.

But some accuratelong range shooting from the home team’s Durrell Kelly gave them a two point first quarter advantage at 22-20.

Storm fans’ favourite Simon Kearney took over point guard duties in the second quarter and delivered a superbly composed performance controlling the tempo of the game and creating easy baskets for his teammates.

Darlow continued his excellent shooting form and with big Tom Adorian taking control of the boards pulling down 10 rebounds Hemel took a six point lead into the locker room at half-time, 43 – 36.

Storm’s new American import, Khapri Alston, found his form in the second half dominating the rebounds at both ends of the court and proving unstoppable around Leicester’s basket.

Midway through the fourth quarter Storm had extended their lead to 15 points.  But Warriors weren’t done and some outstanding long range shooting from Rod Sanders and Captain Carl Pearson cut their team’s deficit. When forward Leome Francis scored from the foul-line the home team’s comeback was complete and the margin was down to just two points and for Hemel’s travelling supporters there were still 14 nail-biting seconds left to play.

Leicester had no option but to foul in order to stop the clock and get the ball back but the tactic was thwarted as Mumuni stepped up to secure the win.

Storm Head Coach David Allin commented: “This was a really big win for us. It puts us ahead of Leicester in the table and moves us a little closer to the play-off spots.

“We have to improve our control when we get ourselves in a winning position and not let teams back into games, however, overall our confidence is growing and our form is improving.

“Many of the things we’ve been working on in practice are coming together in matches.  We’ll be looking to make it three wins in a row next week when we play London Lituanica.  They are a really tough team but we’re back in front of our home fans who always give us an extra boost,” added the coach.

Storm team and scorers:Darlow 21, Alston 17, Kearney 13, Yeboah 12, Henry 11, Mumuni 4, Adorian 4, Burnell 1, Allin, Rodwell.

Hemel’s next home game is against London Lituanica at Sportspace on Saturday 18th February, tip-off 7.00pm. Tickets at www.stormbasketball.net

Photo caption: Storm’s Walid Mumuni’s two free-throws sealed victory against Leicester on Saturday. (Photo: Lin Titmuss).

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Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone who loves basketball

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Table Official Tutor – Stephen Cutts 

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Well Done BE Level 3 Table Official Stephen Cutts who has been assessed and is officially HBA Table Officials Tutor


Basketball England Level 2 Referee & Table Officials Course’s

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Busy weekend here in Herts…..

BE Level 2 Referee Course Unit 4 & BE Level 2 Table Officials Course

Eight Referees passed the BE Level 2 Referee Course Exam and all 13 Table Officials passed too


Hertfordshire NEEDS More Clubs for Girls to play Basketball 

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Welwyn Hatfield Times 

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Welwyn Hatfield Times Newspaper Article 8/1/17 re Herts County Junior Basketball Trials 2017


Welwyn Hatfield Times 

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Welwyn Hatfield Times Newspaper Article 8/1/17 re NBL Cup Finals Weekend 18th & 19th February 2017


NBL Cup finals Court Crew 

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Congratulations to Hertfordshire BE Referees who have been selected to officiate at the NBL Senior Mens Cup Finals on Sunday 19th February 2017

NBL National Shield Senior Mens Final – Referee David Griffin

NBL Patrons Cup Senior Mens Finals – Referee Hoj Fozi

Congratulations to Hertfordshire Table Officials Stephen Cutts, Mick Kirk, Sara Nash & Davina Barrell-McDonald


Congratulations to Coach Ben Russell who has just become a Daddy, best wishes to you all


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Hemel Storm 88 – Essex Leopards 83 (after one period of overtime)

National League Division One

 STORM TAMES THE LEOPARDS IN

DRAMATIC OVERTIME WIN

 Hemel Storm won a dramatic overtime victory against local rivals Essex Leopards at Sportspace on Saturday in front of another sell-out crowd.

It was a vital win for Hemel as they try to climb the National League Division One table into a top eight play-off position but the game was a nail-biter for their vocal fans.

Vanarama-sponsored Storm got off to their best start of the season. New fan favourite, American Khapri Alston, was in unstoppable form hitting ten of his team’s first quarter 21 points from close range.  And Storm was just as strong defensively led by an unsung performance from forward Wayne Yeboah they held Essex to a meagre 8 points in an impressive first quarter effort.

Alston continued to prove too strong for Essex under the basket in the second quarter and despite being double  and at times triple teamed he muscled his way to a total of 21 first half points.

Leopards’ Dougie Bennett took on the scoring mantle for his team with some composed shooting and the half closed with what seemed to be a comfortable fifteen point lead for the home team at 40-25.

But the ‘game of two halves’ cliché has rarely been more appropriate as from the restart suddenly Hemel’s free-flowing offence stuttered and their robust defence became porous.  It was the turn of the visitor’s American AJ Roberts to score at will eventually compiling a second half total of 22.

With eight minutes left in the game the visitors had completely turned the tables and edged into a two point lead.  A nervous few minutes followed with both team guilty of careless turnovers but neither was able to stamp its authority on the game and the scores remained close.

With the teams locked at 77-all and only three seconds remaining Roberts again found his way to the hoop for a potentially match-winning score but it was Hemel’s veteran captain Walid Mumuni, who timed his jump perfectly to swat the ball out of play.  There was still time for Essex to take a final shot and it was Roberts who took it under extreme pressure from Hemel’s Nik Rhodes. The attempt came up short as the buzzer sounded sending the game into a five minute period of overtime.

It was Storm that took control in the extra period. After an initial basket for each team, a run of six straight points put the game beyond Leopards’ reach. Free throws from Rhodes and Michael Darlow sealed the 88-83 victory.

Hemel’s Head Coach, David Allin Said: “Our second half performance was disappointing but it was a must-win game for us and in the end we had the determination and sheer physical effort to get the job done.

“In only his second game since arriving from America Khapri put in another outstanding performance for us hitting 31 points and grabbing 14 rebounds – a tremendous effort. He’s already proving to be a handful for opponents.

“Our supporters were amazing tonight.  They’re always loud but tonight they took the roof off, they definitely made the difference for us,” added the Coach.

Storm was able to edge their opponent in each of the key performance statistics outrebounding Essex 52 – 47, shooting at a 42 percent success rate compared to 38 percent, throwing 15 assists to 9, and getting 8 steals to Leopards 7.

Storm team and scorers:

Alston 31, Mumuni 12, Yeboah 12, Rhodes 11, Josey 7, Darlow 6, Adorian 4, Burnell 3, Henry 2, Rodwell

Hemel’s next home game is against London Lituanica at Sportspace on Saturday 18th February, tip-off 7.00pm. Tickets at www.stormbasketball.net

Picture caption: Storm’s Wayne Yeboah (14) drives for two of his 12 points while Khapri Alston (23) gets position to rebound.(Photo: Lin Titmuss)

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Nash Cup Finals 2017 

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North Herts Knights l v Aylesbury Dux

Final Score 51 – 65

Congratulations to Aylesbury Dux


Nash Plate Final 2017

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North Herts Knights ll v Michaelians

Final Score 62 – 51

Congratulations to North Herts Knights ll


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Here are the dates for HBA / HPL Events taking place in 2018
Venue – Oaklands Sports Zone, in St Albans

HBA Nash Plate & Nash Cup Finals 2018
Sunday 28th January 2018
Show Court
Set up: (tables, chairs & main scoreboard)
Access to the sports hall from 12:30pm (players to warm up)
Book Sports Hall from 12:30am to 6pm
Tip off times 1:45pm & 3:45pm

HBA Play Off Finals 2018
Sunday 29th April 2018
Show Court
Set up: (tables, chairs & main scoreboard)
Access to the sports hall from 1:00pm (players to warm up)
Book Sports Hall from 1:00pm to 6:30pm
Tip off times 2:00pm & 4:15pm

Howell Shield Pre Season Tournament 2018
Sunday 30th September 2018
Both Courts
Set up: (tables, chairs & main scoreboard)
Access to the sports hall from 8:30am (players to warm up)
Book Sports Hall from 8:30am to 6:00pm
Tournament starts: 9:00am
tournament finishes: 6:00pm


 

Hertfordshire Referee’s Head Oversea’s this Summer 

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Hertfordshire Basketball Referees David Griffin & Eduard Udyanskyy will be traveling to Bulgaria in June to attend at 6 day basketball camp


Howell Shield Pre Season Tournament

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Dear All

As you all know sadly last year Mick Howell sadly passed away.

HBA organised in memory of Mick back in September 2016 The Mick Howell Veterans Memorial Game and player connected to Mick through coaching, refereeing came together and played, and we also had a team of FIBA International Referees take part.

After the game Mick’s family presented HBA with a Shield and it has been decided that the Herts Pre Season Tournament that takes place every year in September will be renamed to –

Howell Shield Pre Season Tournament

Mick is missed by so many, but will never be forgotten


 

 

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NBL CUP FINALS – 18th & 19th February 2017 – Herts Sports Village

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED –

Friday 17/2/17 6 – 8 people to help set up 10pm to midnight

Saturday 18/2/18 & Sunday 19/2/17 – 4 stewards for each day

Saturday 18/2/18 & Sunday 19/2/17 – 2 ticket collects for each day

Free entry to see all the games/free lunch & refreshments

IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP PLEASE CONTACT ANGELA herttsbasketball@email.com

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NBL CUP FINALS TEAMS ANNOUNCED

 

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NBL CUP FINALS TEAMS ANNOUNCED

18th & 19th February 2016

Herts Sports Village in Hatfield

Doors open 10am


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National League Division One

 STORM TAMES THE LEOPARDS IN

DRAMATIC OVERTIME WIN

 Hemel Storm won a dramatic overtime victory against local rivals Essex Leopards at Sportspace on Saturday in front of another sell-out crowd.

It was a vital win for Hemel as they try to climb the National League Division One table into a top eight play-off position but the game was a nail-biter for their vocal fans.

Vanarama-sponsored Storm got off to their best start of the season. New fan favourite, American Khapri Alston, was in unstoppable form hitting ten of his team’s first quarter 21 points from close range.  And Storm was just as strong defensively led by an unsung performance from forward Wayne Yeboah they held Essex to a meagre 8 points in an impressive first quarter effort.

Alston continued to prove too strong for Essex under the basket in the second quarter and despite being double  and at times triple teamed he muscled his way to a total of 21 first half points.

Leopards’ Dougie Bennett took on the scoring mantle for his team with some composed shooting and the half closed with what seemed to be a comfortable fifteen point lead for the home team at 40-25.

But the ‘game of two halves’ cliché has rarely been more appropriate as from the restart suddenly Hemel’s free-flowing offence stuttered and their robust defence became porous.  It was the turn of the visitor’s American AJ Roberts to score at willeventually compiling a second half total of 22.

With eight minutes left in the game the visitors had completely turned the tables and edged into a two point lead.  A nervous few minutes followed with both team guilty of careless turnovers but neither was able to stamp its authority on the game and the scores remained close.

With the teams locked at 77-all and only three seconds remaining Roberts again found his way to the hoop for a potentially match-winning score but it was Hemel’s veteran captain Walid Mumuni, who timed his jump perfectly to swat the ball out of play.  There was still time for Essex to take a final shot and it was Roberts who took it under extreme pressure from Hemel’s Nik Rhodes. The attempt came up short as the buzzer sounded sending the game into a five minute period of overtime.

It was Storm that took control in the extra period. After an initial basket for each team, a run of six straight points put the game beyond Leopards’ reach. Free throws from Rhodes and Michael Darlow sealed the 88-83 victory.

Hemel’s Head Coach, David Allin Said: “Our second half performance was disappointing but it was a must-win game for us and in the end we had the determination and sheer physical effort to get the job done.

“In only his second game since arriving from America Khapri put in another outstanding performance for us hitting 31 points and grabbing 14 rebounds – a tremendous effort. He’s already proving to be a handful for opponents.

“Our supporters were amazing tonight.  They’re always loud but tonight they took the roof off, they definitely made the difference for us,” added the Coach.

Storm was able to edge their opponent in each of the key performance statistics outrebounding Essex 52 – 47, shooting at a 42 percent success rate compared to 38 percent, throwing 15 assists to 9, and getting 8 steals to Leopards 7.Image may contain: 1 person, playing a sport and basketball court

Storm team and scorers:

Alston 31, Mumuni 12, Yeboah 12, Rhodes 11, Josey 7, Darlow 6, Adorian 4, Burnell 3, Henry 2, Rodwell

Hemel’s next home game is against London Lituanica at Sportspace on Saturday 18th February, tip-off 7.00pm. Tickets at www.stormbasketball.net

Picture caption: Storm’s Wayne Yeboah (14) drives for two of his 12 points while Khapri Alston (23) gets position to rebound.(Photo: Lin Titmuss)

 

 

 


BA / HPL Events taking place in 2018

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Here are the dates for HBA / HPL Events taking place in 2018

Venue – Oaklands Sports Zone, in St Albans

HBA Nash Plate & Nash Cup Finals 2018
Sunday 28th January 2018
Show Court
Set up: (tables, chairs & main scoreboard)
Access to the sports hall from 12:30pm (players to warm up)
Book Sports Hall from 12:30am to 6pm
Tip off times 1:45pm & 3:45pm

HBA Play Off Finals 2018
Sunday 29th April 2018
Show Court
Set up: (tables, chairs & main scoreboard)
Access to the sports hall from 1:00pm (players to warm up)
Book Sports Hall from 1:00pm to 6:30pm
Tip off times 2:00pm & 4:15pm

Howell Shield Pre Season Tournament 2018
Sunday 30th September 2018
Both Courts
Set up: (tables, chairs & main scoreboard)
Access to the sports hall from 8:30am (players to warm up)
Book Sports Hall from 8:30am to 6:00pm
Tournament starts: 9:00am
tournament finishes: 6:00pm


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Thank you to HBA Photographer Chris Edgell who captured this moving moment of North Herts Knights l Player Rafe Abrook and his son who both showed  emotion and upset as they headed towards a HPL Nash Cup Final defeat


Nash Family Affair 

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The Nash Plate Final is a yearly event in the name of one of Hertfordshire highly respected top level Basketball England Table Officials Sara Nash who was a member of Hertfordshire Basketball Association for number of year. The Nash Cup Final is in the name of Ian Nash, Sara’s husband.
Hertfordshire Premier League Senior Division 1 & Division 2 Means teams take part.
North Herts Knights ll v Micaelians played in the Nash Plate Final and it was a game of two halves and North Herts Knights ll pulled away in the last quarter to win the game 62 – 51
Then it was the Nash Cup Final and North Herts Knights l v Aylesbury Dux stepped out on court and it was a battle from tip to the final whistle and both teams played hard from start to the finish. the finals score was 51 – 65, congratulations to Alysbury Dux who won.
Basketball England Referee Matthew Nash officiated the Nash Plate Final
The Plate & Cup trophies were presented to the teams by by Sara & Ian Nash.

HPL Nash Cup Final 2017 

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North Herts Knights ll v Michaelians

Final Score 62 – 51

Congratulations to North Herts Knights ll


HPL Nash Plate Final 2017 

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North Herts Knights ll v Michaelians

Final Score 62 – 51

Congratulations to North Herts Knights ll


HPL Nash Plate & Nash Cup Finals 2017 

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NASH PLATE FINAL – 1.30pm

NASH CUP FINAL – 3.45pm
SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY 2017

FREE ENTRANCE

OAKLANDS SPORTS ZONE IN ST ALBANS

REFRESHMENTS

COME ALONG AND CHEER THE TEAMS ON


Hertfordshire Referee David Griffin 

at The Copper Box

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Herts BE Referee David Griffin officiating the 3 v 3 Barking Abby v Oaklands Wolves at the Copper Box and the games was televised on BBCSport

Oaklands won by 1 point

 


Hertfordshire Referee Eduard Udyanskky 

at The Copper Box

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Herts Referee Eduard Udyanskky stepped out on court to officiate the BBL London Lions v Bristol Flyers at The Copper Box in London and the game was televised on BBCSport

 


Barking Abbey pick up Trophy Win over Oaklands on BBCSport

at The Copper Box

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Barking Abbey Crusaders claimed their second win in the WBBL Trophy after beating Oaklands Wolves 82-74 in front of the BBC Sport cameras at the Copper Box Arena on Friday evening.

Imani Whittington knocked down five triples in a 27-point haul for Barking Abbey with Savannah Wilkinson added a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds with Tereza Brantlova also weighing in with 17 points.

But despite the win, Head Coach Mark Clark had mixed feelings about the game.

“I think it showed everything that’s good about us and everything that frustrates me about us,” said Clark.

“We were very good, executed very well at the beginning of the game, our defensive rules, we followed everything. Then we have these moments that we decide not to execute fully and get off the page. And while we’re young, we’re not quite good enough to do that yet.”

GB’s Kyla Nelson put up an impressive 33 points to lead the Wolves, but they were unable to come away with the victory.

“Kyla got going, she played really well and it made it a game. They’ve always got a shooters chance because they get up shots, but once we’re up, with Diana on the floor, with Charlotte playing well, we can control the game.

“And I think in the end that’s what we did, we controlled it for most of the second half without being great. Our shooting percentages on the inside were poor and if we’d have shot well on the inside we would have been comfortable.

“One more win and we’re in the semi-final.”

BA raced into an 8-0 start before Nelson fired in back-to-back triples to get her side going out of a timeout. A 12-0 run for Barking Abbey followed as they established a 15-point lead by the end of the first period.

Having scored all of her side’s points in the opening 10 minutes, Nelson continued to lead Oaklands and found scoring support from Ashton Fleming as her triple cut the gap to six points at 33-27.

Barking went into half-time with a seven-point cushion and restored their double digit cushion in the third when Whittington netted from downtown. Whittington banked in another three to beat the buzzer to put the BA up 62-53 ahead of the final quarter.

Nelson continued to spark her side and passed 30 points in the fourth as Oaklands closed to within five before Barking Abbey closed out the win.

Report by Barking Abbey 


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Dear All

Basketball England are in the process of completely changing the whole of the structure of Basketball that we know here in the UK and it is really important for everyone involved in basketball to attend one of the
BE – Basketball Development Roadshows that are taking place all over the UK in February 2017.

– Find out first hand what the changes are going to be

– Have your input heard at the Roadshow,

– Dont leave it to others to go and then moan about the changes

– Get the information face to face and direct from those involved at Basketball England

– Dont hear the news secondhand and listen to the wrong information, or assumptions

– Basketball England are giving everyone the opportunity to attend so book your place at one of the Roadshows and be ahead of the game

‘OUR GAME’

www.basketballengland.co.uk/news/dates-venues-set-for-basketball-england’s-basketball-development-model-bdm-regional-roadshows


Herts Referee David Griffn

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Well Done Referee David Griffin who has been selected to referee the WBBL 3 v 3 on Friday 27th January at The Copper Box


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Hemel Storm 90 – Westminster Warriors 71

FIRED-UP STORM CRUSH THE WARRIORS

Hemel Storm returned to winning ways at Sportspace on Saturday in front of another capacity crowd with an emphatic 90-71 victory over Westminster Warriors.

It was a bright start for the visitors who quickly opened up a five point lead as they attempted to avenge a 35 point defeat from earlier in the season, but that was as good as it got for Westminster as Hemel’s defence clicked into gear and limited them to just 13 first quarter points.

Vanarama-sponsored Storm’s fast break was too much for Warriors and it was forward, Wayne Yeboah, who capitalised with 8 first quarter points rounded off with a thunderous dunk.

The onslaught continued into the second quarter with the home team scoring 19 unanswered points and by half-time the lead was 48-24.

But any thoughts of an easy ride in the second half were soon scuppered as Westminster found renewed intensity in their defence and aggressive offence led by captain John Johnson.

Hemel’s lead had been trimmed to just nine points when Storm’s Carl Josey took to the court. Josey’s herculean defensive effort fired up his team and brought Warriors’ free scoring to a halt to turn the momentum back in Hemel’s favour.

Storm closed out the game comfortably, winning the last quarter by eight points.

The result left Westminster rooted to the foot of the table still looking for their first win and moved Hemel up one place to eleventh.

Coach Allin said: “This was a really important win for us. I am convinced that Westminster will win a game or two before the end of the season and we had to make sure that it wasn’t against us.

“Carl did an unbelievable defensive job for us today to get us back on track and I was really pleased with the spread of points offensively.

“Every game now is a big one for us and we have three of the next four at home where we will be looking for some positive results. I’m hoping to announce a couple of exciting new signings before registration closes at the end of January that will give us some different options and strengthen the squad.”

Storm’s team and scorers:Yeboah 16, Burnell 16, Darlow 14, Henry 11, Josey 9, Rhodes 9, Adorian 7, Mumuni 6, Duru 2, Allin

Storm are at Sportspace again on Saturday when the visitors are National Trophy finalists Team Solent Kestrels. Tip-off 7pm. Ticketsatwww.stormbasketball.net

Picture caption:Carl Josey triggered Storm’s defensive effort (Photo: Lin Titmuss)


FREE TICKETS 

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Herts Basketball Association have been given 114 FREE tickets to the Senior Mens Cup Basketball Finals that takes place on 19th February 2017

 


HERTS PREMIER LEAGUE NASH PLATE & NASH CUP FINALS

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SUNDAY 29th JANUARY 2017

OAKLANDS SPORTS ZONE in St Albans

1.45pm & 3.45pm

COME ALONG & CHEER THE TEAMS ON


HPL Semi Finals – Hemel Hempstead Warriors v Michaelains  

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Congratulation to Michaelains


BE Level 3 Referee Course – Unit 3 

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Herts Basketball Association BE Level 2 Referee Tutor  Eduard Udyanskyy tutoring BE Level 2 Referee Course (Unit 3) today at Herts Sports Village in Hatfield


Basketball Development Model (BDM) 

Basketball England is cultivating an embryonic Basketball Development Model (BDM) that aims to ultimately enhance the nation’s chances of competing and winning on the global stage.

The plans will look to:

•Increase access and participation in the sport nationwide.

•Help young people – and all that contribute to basketball – fulfil their potential by defining a clear pathway for progression and the support they need to develop and stay involved.

•Define a new benchmark for the sport for everyone to aspire to and support the game more effectively by building the capability of those working and volunteering in the sport to sustain growth and success.

Basketball England are facilitating the inputs of many experts in the game and from other sports and sectors in a two-day conference to consider latest research, new discoveries for developing basketball, identifying new and universal standards for the game, better methods and more science about developing players, coaches, officials and all the people who support basketball.

Part of the conference includes considering the feedback Basketball England have been receiving from players, parents, clubs, coaches, officials and volunteers at all levels in the sport.

This brand new and far-reaching project represents an all-encompassing review of the player pathway and talent in England at present, with the eventual upshot resulting in a marked improvement in overall coaching, officiating and playing standards at all levels across the board.

“I’m really looking forward to the Basketball Development Model conference,” said Stewart Kellett, chief executive officer of Basketball England.

“It’s very rare that people in a sport are given the opportunity to review the whole player pathway, be part of turning over every stone in the game and then seek the very best ways of running it and developing players to reach their full potential.

“Sport England, our major funder for the growth and development of basketball, have been extremely supportive of us adopting this approach and modernizing the practices that will help us take basketball forward.

“This will be a first opportunity for each of the expert groups to share the emerging thinking and direction and allow them to interact and discuss their findings in detail.

“We have seen other sports move forward very successfully in recent years to grow participation and success at international level. It usually starts with a definitive pathway, clear standards, growing expertise in the sport and then galvanising those involved to be the best they can be – at whatever level.

“This week marks that point where we start the journey of growth and success for basketball. Over the weekend, the cross-group working should lead to each group being able to consider all the areas of research and allow them to respond in designing the model in their area of expertise and, most importantly, design joined-up ways to deliver the best possible experience for players to enjoy basketball, develop the love of the game for life and have a clear and effective pathway to progress and compete at the highest level.

“We are applying the same principles to coaches, referees, table officials, analysts, sports science staff, volunteers and all who make this great sport work.

“The opportunity that reviewing the pathway presents is huge and I am very grateful to all the members of the research groups, who can all rightly be called experts in their field, for giving their time and energy to help basketball in this country to improve.”

A total of 11 working groups have been set up to look into current practice in English basketball, with representatives from FIBA, other nations and team sports from around the world.

Each group is made up of a Basketball England representative and experts from the broad spheres of academia, basketball, other sports and the relevant dimension of the sport that is under consideration.

Their remit is to identify the best practice for Basketball England to consider and areas for improvement. They will be reporting their findings at specially-convened meetings, with those learnings and recommendations making up the fundamental cornerstones of the Basketball Development Model.

Following the conference, a draft set of proposals will be drawn up and introduced to the basketball community in England for further debate and discussion via a series of roadshows around the country.

This move is seen an equally important step as Basketball England engages the whole of basketball to move the sport forward.

The BDM will provisionally cluster female and male players into eight age brackets and provide a set of best-practice guidelines for each of the identified areas at every stage of a coach, official or player’s journey.

This approach will provide a robust and scientific pathway for everyone to progress through, thereby upgrading the general performance level of the sport’s participants in England.

Basketball England’s technical and performance manager Vladan Dragosavac said: “The Basketball Development Model and all of the experts involved in this process will help us to better understand how to improve the existing player and talent pathway.

“This is a unique project that will define all links between different parts of the player development sector. It is player-centric, will support both participation and performance and codify how to maximise the potential basketball has in England.”

The 11 working groups are investigating the following subjects: Coaching, Competition, Facilities, Lifestyle, Officiating, Psychology, Research, Sports Medicine, Sports Science, Stakeholders & Partnerships, Strength & Conditioning and Technical and Tactical.

 


HPL Semi Finals – West Herts Warriors v Aylesbury Dux

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Herts Premier League Semi Final

West Herts Warriors v Aylesbury Dux

18/1/2017

Final Score 68 – 76

Congratulations to Alysbury Dux


    HPL Semi Final – North Herts Knights l v East Herts Royals l 

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CONGRATULATIONS to North Herts Knights l who won this evenings HPL Semi Finals against East Herts Royals 1.

The game went to overtime and the final score was 46 – 51


BL Cup Finals  are coming to HERTFORDSHIRE 

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th  February 2017

University of Hertfordshire Sports Village

Doors Open – 10:00am

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NBL Cup Finals Weekend – Volunteer Needed 

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NBL Finals – 18th & 19th February 2017

As you know Hertfordshire are hosting the National Basketball League Finals in February.

We are looking for volunteers to video the games so that they can be Live Steamed.

Having the Finals here in Herts is a great opportunity for everyone and any help would be very much appreciated

Please email me if you or you know anyone who can help

hertsbasketball@gmail.com


 

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 Hemel Storm 97 – Reading Rockets 100

END OF GAME MIX-UP COSTS STORM

 Hemel Storm came within seconds of pulling off a major upset in a tough away game against title-chasing Reading Rockets on Saturday.

In a National League Division One clash a defensive mix-up by Hemel on Reading’s last possession handed them the chance to edge the win.

Storm got off to a slow start as poor shooting let them down. They trailed 12 – 0 before guard Nik Rhodes hit a long three-point shot to open Hemel’s account on his way to a team leading personal tally of 29 points.

One of Readings two American players Craig Ponder (35 points) seemed in full control of the game showcasing an array of laser-like passing skills and seemingly scoring atwill to lead the Rockets to a convincing 26-13 first quarter advantage.

Without the defensive presence of the home team’s American centre Chris Hooper who left the game with a back injury Storm was more easily able to attack the basket from close range and they began their fight back matching their opponent’s 25 second quarter points to trail 51 – 38 at the half-time break.

Getting off to a poor start has plagued Hemel this season but the second half saw a remarkable turnaround for the Vanarama-sponsored Club. Rhodes continued his rich vein of scoring form but it was Hemel’s young forward Michael Darlow,returning to the line-up after injury, who produced his best game of the season. Darlow hit nine from eleven shot attempts including five three-pointers to help haul his team back into contention and they trailed by just 71 – 65 at the end of the third quarter.

Early in the fourth Storm’s recovery was complete as they took the lead for the first time at 76 – 75 and the teams then traded baskets for the rest of the period to set-upa grandstand finish.

With just eleven seconds left Rhodes hit another three-pointer to tie the scores at 97.

Reading Coach Manuel Pena Garces called a time-out and set up a play for a final shot.  And it was fellow Spaniard Juan Valerio Rojas who found space after a mix-up in the Storm defence and calmly sank a three pointer of his own. Hemel could not respond in the six seconds left.

Storm’s Head Coach David Allin said: “That was a tough defeat given how hard we fought to get back on terms with them. Having recovered from a typically poor start I thought we had the momentum to take us over the line.  But Ponderwas outstanding for them,we really struggled to contain him.

“We will take some positives from the game.  Michael Darlow was fantastic today and collectively we showed tremendous determination to get ourselves into a position where we could win the game.  We’ve now got three consecutive home games and will be looking for some positive results in front of the best fans in the country.”

Storm’s team and scorers:Rhodes 29, Darlow 23, Yeboah 8, Burnell 7, Adorian 7, Mumuni 6, Duru 6, Henry 5, Allin 4, Josey 2, Rodwell

Hemel are at Sportspace on Saturday against Westminster Warriors, tip-off 7pm. For tickets go to www.stormbasketball.net

Picture caption:Storm’s Nik Rhodes led his team with 29 points.(Photo: Lin Titmuss)


Herts BBL Referee Eduard Udyanskyy

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Herts Referee Eduard Udyanskyy officating at The Copper Box London Lions v Surrey. BBL Final


BE Level 3 Referee Scott Holden

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association would like to welcome and introduce you to Basketball England Level 3 Referee Scott Holden who has recently relocated to Herts and will be officiating National League & Local League games


Storm’s Rhodes leads Hemel to Dramatic Victory 

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Hemel Storm’s Nik Rhodes sank four consecutive free throws in the dying seconds to seal a memorable 80 – 77 victory against Loughborough Riders in front of a deafening sell-out crowd at Sportspace on Sunday afternoon.

The National League Division One game marked the official launch of the Club’s sponsorship deal with Hemel-based vehicle leasing company Vanarama, and a presentation of Storm’s new black and orange playing strip was made on court just before tip-off.

After Rhodes scored the last of his free-throws to put Hemel ahead there were still 13 seconds left in which the visitors could tie the score and send the game into overtime. But as the crowd chanted “de-fence, de-fence” the Hemel players responded with a frenzied effort forcing the Riders’ into a hurried three-point shot  attempt, the ball bounced off the basket and as the crowd erupted Storm’s captain Walid Mumuni grabbed the rebound and dribbled into open space as the final buzzer sounded. .

After a disappointing 91 – 86 loss in Worthing on Saturday night Storm’s Head Coach Dave Allin was delighted with how his team responded against Riders.

“It was great to bounce back from the defeat at Worthing,” said Allin. “The technical aspects of the performance can be improved significantly but shear grit and determination pulled us through in the final few minutes.”

Sunday’s game was close throughout until with only five minutes remaining Riders’ Daniel Hemingway gave his team what looked like a winning edge when his jump-shot opened a 68 – 60 lead. But a switch in defensive tactics by Hemel and consecutive three point baskets by Rhodes and Jack Burnell closed the gap as the game went into the final minute and dramatic climax.

“Hopefully, this result is a sign of things to come,” said Allin. ”We have some really big games in the next few weeks.”

Storm’s Team and scorers: Rhodes 31, Yeboah 13, Burnell 12, Duru 7, Adorian 7, Henry 4, Josey 4, Mumuni 2, Allin, Rodwell, Darlow.

Storm got off to a disastrous start in Saturday’s away fixture as Worthing’s American forward Lyonell Gaines took immediate control.  His 11 first quarter points helped the home team establish 28-8 lead. But after an amazing turnaround Hemel had cut the lead to just three points with a minute to go but were unable to get any closer and a couple of late Worthing free-throws gave them the win.

Coach Allin said: “We didn’t seem to have the right focus in the first quarter.  It’s always going to be difficult to win from that position but we got very close.”

Team and scorers v Worthing:Rhodes 33, Duru 18, Yeboah 7, Mumuni 7, Adorian 6, Josey 5, Rodwell 5, Allin 3, Burnell 2, Henry, Darlow.

Storm’s next home game is on Saturday January 21st against Westminster Warriors, tip-off 7pm. Tickets at www.stormbasketball.net

 

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Action shotStorm’s top scorer Nik Rhodes clinched victory with free-throws against Loughborough (Photo: Lin Titmuss)

Presentation:Left to right, Storm captain Walid Mumuni, Vanarama’s Brand Director Steve Mark, Hemel Club President Dave Titmuss, and Hemel MP Mike Penning after the presentation of Storm’s new black and orange playing strip.(Photo: Leuis Charles).

 


 Hertfordshire Basketball Association Social Media Update

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association have 645 followers on Facebook & 450 followers on Twitter ………………..

Spread the word let’s get as many people following Herts Basketball Association


Hertfordshire Referee Update

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According to statistics only 3.7% of qualified L2 referee in U.K. Continued refereeing after obtaining their qualification.
This figure is very impressive in Hertfordshire. 60% of newly qualified L2 referee completed their 3 assessment games within 3 months of taking their L2 exam. Over 70% of them continue officiating and showing interest and hunger to learn more and progress in their officiating career.

Just before this season started Hertfordshire Basketball Association decided to set up Assignr for all of Herts Premier League Senior Mens 160 games.

So far 80 games have been played only 2 referees missed third games and those 2 games went ahead with only one Referee.


 Congratulations to Nottingham Wildcats Women’s Basketball Team  winning Sports Award 2016.
Hertfordshire Vicky Grey (bottom row first left)

 

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  NEW LOOK STORM FACE THE NEW YEAR CHALLENGE

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Hemel Storm expects to field a fully fit squad at Sportspace on Sunday and will wear a black and orange strip for the first time when they take on Loughborough Riders in a National League Division One game (tip off 5.00pm).

The Club will change from its usual blue and white home uniforms to match the livery of their new sponsor Vanarama the nationwide vehicle leasing company based in Hemel that has agreed a two year partnership with the Club.
The Christmas break has allowed starting five players Carl Josey and Nik Rhodes some time away from the court to recover from injuries.
Hemel are looking to reverse their fortunes having suffered some narrow losses in the first half of the season including an overtime defeat at home against Bradford Dragons just before the holiday break. Storm are currently in twelfth place in the League but are looking to climb steadily up the table and qualify for the end-of-season, top eight National Championship Play-Offs.
Storm’s Head Coach Dave Allin said: “We’re confident that our results will improve in the New Year. Our form has been getting better and having Carl and Nik back fully fit will make a huge difference.
“We need just a couple of wins to get some momentum going. There are fifteen games left in our League season so we have plenty of opportunities to turn things around.
“We have a better scoring record than two thirds of the teams in the League so our focus in the second half of the year is on improving our defensive performance.”
The Club is also in negotiations with two talented players that Storm wants to sign to strengthen their squad before the January 31 signing deadline.
For tickets go to www.stormbasketball.net

Photo caption:‘The influential Carl Josey returns to Storm’s line-up after injury.’
(Picture: Lin Titmuss)

 


NBL FINALS are Coming to HERTFORDSHIRE

18th & 19th February 2017  

University of Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield 

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We are looking to organise a Friendly Basketball Game to take place some time in March 2017.

University of Hertfordshire Senior 2017 Team v University of Hertfordshire 1995 Team

Details to follow


Kyla Nelson: I’m going to the ACC

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My Dad (an ex BBL player and GB international) played and coached since I was very young. My week would consist of going to practice and games and being in a hall for hours. I grew up around the sport.

And then, my brother (Luke) started playing. I looked up to him and we were very competitive, so, like many little sisters do, I copied him. I joined a local league team at aged 7 and even wore the same long socks as him (the style has still stuck until this day). Growing up around someone with the work ethic he has, made me realise from a young age that you have to commit everything to the game if you want to be successful.

Due to the small town I’m from and the lack of popularity for female basketball, I grew up playing with boys up until regional tournaments and when the basketball federation said it was no longer appropriate. Looking back, this definitely helped shape my game in a very positive way.

I am not the quickest, and not the most athletic, but being around the game from so young allowed me to gain a high IQ which I believe is the main strength of my game today.

I decided to stay a third year at Oaklands College before pursuing my dream to play college basketball in America. I had an injury for the first half of last season, wasn’t in great shape and left the recruiting process so late; resulting in a very short window to build any sort of relationship with the very limited schools interested in me.

I can honestly say staying an extra year was the best decision I’ve ever made. It allowed me to get healthy, get in the best shape I’ve ever been in and play another season in the highest women’s basketball league in the country (the WBBL). My performances generated a lot of interest from US colleges.

After a load of researching, crazy amount of time on Skype to coaches, and deciding specific criteria that was important to me in a school, I went on visits with my parents to 3 amazing division one colleges: The University of Pittsburgh, Boston College and The University of Washington.

Having a brother go through this process was honestly a huge benefit; he was able to give me some great advice.

After finally coming to terms that these types of opportunities were available for me, I made a decision and couldn’t be happier.  I now know what everyone who has already been through this process means when they say you just get that ‘feeling’ about a school.

I owe a huge thanks to Steve Vear. The addition of Custom College Recruiting service also made this possible.  Another huge influence in my journey has been Oaklands College. I would not be where I am without all of the time and effort the coaching staff have put into me.

So with all of this being said, I have verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh and can’t wait to become a Panther and compete in the ACC, one of the best conferences in the country. I want to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey so far. Not bad for a chubby kid from Worthing, eh?

– Kyla

Report by She’s Got Next – Players Voice


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All Smiles 

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Hertfordshire Table Officials Mick Kirk, Kim Goodard & Stephen Cutts


Levett Essex Leopards Basketball Club v Wales National Basketball Team 

Friendly 

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First Game of  2017 was played between Levett Essex Leopards v Wales National Basketball Team at Oaklands Sports Zone in St Albans on Monday 2nd January.

Hertfordshire referees Eduard Udyanskyy, Hoj Fozi & David Griffin officiated the game.

Leopards Won


Hertfordshire Ben Lawson who plays for WKU in America just cant stop was dunking 


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Haris International Basketball Tournament 2016 – Manchester 

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Hertfordshire Referees David Griffin & Hoj Fozi was invited to officiate at this years Haris International Basketball Tournament in Manchester

Hoj Fozi was selected to officae the Fialn against Ireland and a visiting American basketball team

Ireland won The Haris International Basketball Tournament 2017

The Haris Memorial Tournament is an annual holiday event which pays tribute to Haris Charalambous, one of the top players to come out of the Magic youth programme. Haris died suddenly while training with his NCAA Division 1 Toledo University team in October 2006. He showed all the qualities we need in a Manchester player, both on and off the floor. Haris’ mother, Polly, and his sister, Elena, always attend the Tournament to see some games and present the trophies. Sadly, his father Kypros, also died in July 2010.


DATES & IMPORTANT INFORMATION 2017

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Dear All

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and looking forward to the New Year which is going to be rather busy when it comes to Basketball.

Below are dates and events you need to be aware of:

10/1/17 – HBA Committee Meeting

22/1/17 – BE Level 2 Referee Course Unit 3. Venue Herts Sports Village

29/1/17 – HPL Nash Plate & Nash Cup Finals. Venue Oaklands. Tip off times 1.45pm & 3.45pm. All details to follow nearer the time.

11/2/17 – BE Level 2 Referee Course Unit 4, plus exam. Venue Herts Sports Village

11/2/17 – BE Level 2 Table Officials Course. Venue Herts Sports Village. 10.30am to 2.30pm. fee £30

18/2/17 – BE National Finals U16s Girls & Boys.
BE National Finals U18s Mens & Womens.
Venue Herts Sports Village

19/2/17 – Basketball England Senior Mens National League Basketball Finals. Venue Herts Sports Village

(statisticians & court crew required for above events)

20/2/17 – EAST Regional Meeting

25/2/17 – Herts County Trials – Venue Herts Sports Village
U13s Girls – 11am to.1.30pm
U11s Boys – 1.30pm to 4pm
U17s Girls – 4pm to 7pm

26/2/17 – Herts County Trials – Venue Herts Sports Village
U13s Boys – 10am to 1pm
U15s Boys – 10am to 1pm
U11s Girls – 1pm to.3.30pm
U15s Girls – 1pm to 4pm
U17s Boys – 4pm to 7pm

Herts County Basketball Training Sessions Details will be confirmed in the next week or two.

29/4/17 – Inter County Tournament for Under 11s Boys & Girls.
Venue Oaklands

30/4/17 – HPL Play Off Finals.
Venue Oaklands
Tip Off 2pm & 4.15pm

6/5/17 – Inter County Tournament
for U13s Boys & Girls
Venue Oaklands

20/5/17 – Inter County Tournament
for U15s Boys and Girls
Venue University of East Anglia Norwich

21/5/17 – Inter County Tournament
for U17s Men & Women
Venue University of East Anglia
Norwich

24/6/17 – 25/6/17 – 1/7/17 & 2/7/17
BE Level 3 Referee Course
Venue Herts Sports Village

24/9/17 – HBA Pre Season Tournament
Venue Oaklands
6am to 6pm

Any changes you will be notified via email.

All details will be on HBA Website, Facebook page and Twitter

There will also be Coaching, Table, Referee, Young Leaders, First Aid & Safeguarding Courses taking place out of season.

Please can I ask that if a reply to an email is required that you reply asap and if information needs to be sent out to your clubs members that you also forward out asap.

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for your continuing support


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BE Level 2 Table Officials Course 

Saturday 11th February 2017 

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The Course Details are as follows: 
 
 Date: Saturday 11th February 2017 
 
​Time: 10.30am to 2:30pm 
 
Venue: University of Hertfordshire Sports Village,  ​De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9EU
​Fee: £30 per person ​
  • ​FREE Parking
  • FREE Day Gym Pass ​
  • ​FREE Day Swimming Pool Pass

Please contact Angela Griffin to book your place hertsbasketball@gmail.com


Congratulations to Newly Qualified BE Level 2 Referee’s Alex Emmerson, Charlotte & Alfie Hill 

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association

HERTS COUNTY BASKETBALL TRIALS 2017

ICT Coordinator & Child Welfare Officer

Angela Griffin

Mobile: 07739 321847

Email: hertsbasketball@gmail.com

Venue Address – University of Hertfordshire Sports Village

                             De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way

          Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9EU

  County U11s Girls Team – (School Year 6 – 2006 Born or younger)

Trial Date:  Sunday 26th February 2017 – Time: 1pm – 3:30pm – Fee £6.00 per person

County U11s Boy’s Team – (School Year 6 – 2006 Born or younger)

Trial Date: Saturday 25th February 2017 – Time 1:30pm to 4pm –Fee £6.00 per person

County U13s Girls Team – (2004/2005 Born)

Trial Date: Saturday 25th February 201711am to 1:30pm – Fee £6.00 per person

  

County U13s Boys Team – (2004/2005 Born)

Trial Date: Sunday 26th February 201710am to 1pm – Fee £8.00 per person

County U15s Girls Team – (2002/2003 Born)

Trial Date: Sunday 26th February 2017 – Time: 1pm to 4pm – Fee £8.00 per person

 

County U15s Boys Team – (2002/2003 Born)

Trial Date: Sunday 26th February 2017 – Time: 10am to 1pm – Fee £8.00 per person

County U17s Girls Team – (2000/2001 Born)

Trial Date: Saturday 25th February 2017 – Time: 4pm to 7pm – Fee £8.00 per person

County U17s Boys Team – (2000 / 2001 Born)

Trial Date: Sunday 26th February 2017 – Time: 4pm to 7pm – Fee £8.00 per person

Please arrive ONE HOUR before the trials start to Register

Please wear shorts, T shirt, towel, trainers or basketball boots & bring water, healthy snacks & any medication you may need to take.

*Players taking part are not allowed to wear their club kit – basketball shorts or vest, T shirt of hoodie advertising the club they play for*

Please Note

  • Any players born in 1999 or before are to old to take part.
  • Players have to be u17 on the 1st January 2017, anyone born in 1999 would not meet that criteria so will not be able to take part.
  • If a players 17th birthday is on 1st January 2017 (born 1.1.2000) they can take part .

All juniors taking part must arrive and be collected by a parent/guardian

If you cannot attend the Trials please contact Angela Griffin


National Youth Sports Talent Camp 2016 – Loughborough

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association are so proud of Herts youth & everything they are achieving. They are the future of basketball.

Above are some of the messages HBA have received by the candidates we nominated to attend the 3 day Youth Trust National Talent Camp held in Loughborough.
Left to right Robyn Aiinge, alex O’Neill & Essex Referee Tom Furnell


FIBA – Rules & Regulations – re Players Uniform 

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FIBA Rules & Regulations with regard to what basketball should and can only wear when playing basketball & Hertfordshire Referees are abiding too


University of Herts Senior Men’s Team v Haringey Hawks Basketball Team 

Friendly 19/12/16 

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Herts Basketball Association are working with University of Hertfordshire and hosted a friendly game this evening against Haringey Hawks Basketball Club from North London.
Haringey Hawks players attend a University presentation and had a tour around all the facilities available to them if they decided to continue their education and still continue to play basketball at University of Hertfordshire. Thee is over 450 subjects available


Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course – Unit 2 

18/12/17

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Early Sunday morning start for Referee & Tutor Eduard Udyanskyy & candidates attending the Be Level 2 Referee Course Unit 2


Basketball England Finals  in Herts – Court Crew Needed 

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COURT CREW NEEDED

As you know Hertfordshire are holding the Basketball England Finals at University of Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfield on the following 2 date

Saturday 18th February 2017

Sunday 19th February 2017

We are looking for volunteer Court Crew members for each game, they run on if a player falls over and wipes the floor

All Court Crew members will receive a FREE lunch & BE Goodie Bag and watch the finals

Venue – University of Hertfordshire Sports Village, De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield AL10 9EU

If you can help or know someone who can do the stats please contact
Angela Griffin – email hertsbasketball@gmail.com

‘First Come First Served’


‘we have missed him’ 

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It’s going to see Referee James Dominique back in the UK for Christmas


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Hertfordshire Basketball Referees David Griffin & Hoj Fozi have been invited to officiate at The Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament


Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp 2016

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association nominated Robyn Ainge, Alex O’Neil & Ben Daniels to attend this year’s Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp in Sheffield

Well Done

For more information click on the following

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/national-talent-camp


 

Basketball England National Finals Ticket’s Information 

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Basketball England Finals Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the link below

https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/news-and-events/events

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th February 2017 

University of Hertfordshire Sports Village

De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield AL10 9EU

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Basketball England Member Insurance

Insurance – what does that mean to me? Well it might seem boring, but it is an essential benefit of your membership with us. It means if there is an accident, you will be covered under the terms of our insurance. It covers clubs, players, coaches, referees and officials.

Below is an outline of what the cover includes and what things you won’t be insured for. Summary documents can be found at the bottom of this page.

If you’ve got any questions about the insurance cover or want a full copy of the policy documents, please contact our membership team or email membership@basketballengland.co.uk.

Any incident that could give rise to a claim should be reported to Basketball England as soon as possible. Any delay could affect the claim.

Clubs

As part of the public liability insurance, clubs who are affiliated with us will be insured up to a limit of indemnity of £5 million. This can include claims involving home or away fixtures and social functions and meetings. All people involved within the claim must be registered with us for this insurance to be valid. This cover recognises that a club or any of its registered members could be found to be negligent in their duty to participants, spectators, facility providers or the public and as a result be held legally liable for accidents, injury or damage to property to them

There are some exclusions in this cover, which include participant to participant liability and abuse.

This policy summary does not form part of the policy document and does not contain the full terms of the policy. The full terms of the policy can be found in the policy document. Any questions relating to this insurance should be directed to membership@basketballengland.co.uk. The date of the policy runs from 1st September annually.

Coaches, Referees and Table Officials

All registered coaches, referees, table officials and EB approved tutors enjoy public liability and professional indemnity cover, as long as they are a current member of Basketball England and suitably qualified.

This insurance provides cover against legal liability of up to £5 Million per event for Public Liability and £2 Million per event. The Professional Indemnity policy gives cover against legal liability arising from negligent advice or instruction given or a negligent service provided. It’s worth noting that the insurance cover is only valid when playing, coaching or officiating in Basketball England affiliated competitions, games or courses.

There are some situations where the insurance may not be valid, and the principal ones are listed below. For a full list and to discuss an individual case contact our membership team.

Exclusions
• Qualified coaches and referees under the age of 18 working unsupervised
• Coaching/teaching of any sport other than basketball
• Liabilities assumed under contract
• Injury to any person arising out of and in the course of their employment
• Commercial coaching
If you’re a commercial coach, you can request additional cover from us to make sure you’re covered. Contact our membership team for more details.

A piece of advice for all Level 1 coaches, referees and those aged under 18; you must be supervised at all times by a Level 2 coach/referee for the cover to be valid. If you are unsupervised, then the claim will not comply with the terms of this policy.

Individual

All individuals must be members with us for the below terms to be valid.

The following benefits are automatically provided for individual members injured if you’re training, playing, refereeing, coaching, officiating or tutoring as an approved tutor:-

a) Lump Sum Benefit for Death – £25,000 (£5,000 for U18)
b) Permanent Total Disablement – maximum £25,000
c) Loss of Eyes – maximum £25,000
d) Loss of hearing – maximum £18,750 (£14,062.50 for U18)
e) Contraction of HIV – maximum £2,500
f) Dental and optical treatment – maximum £500 per claim

You also will receive medical expenses up to the cost of £15,000 for anyone of the above. It is important to note, you must be able to prove that the above happened as a result of the individual being involved within basketball.

If you have any questions about individual cases, feel free to call our membership team on 0114 284 1060 or email membership@basketballengland.co.uk. We will be able to assess your claim and indicate if the insurance will cover you for your personal accident. We can then speak with our insurers, making the process as easy as possible for you.

Top Up Insurance

All members can purchase top up insurance to increase their level of accident cover. For the cost of £20 per senior, and £15 for under 18s, you can upgrade the level of insurance on some of your cover, as well as add in some extra benefits. The details are top up are below:

a) Lump Sum Benefit for Death – £50,000 (£10,000 for U18)
b) Permanent Total Disablement – maximum £25,000
c) Loss of Eyes – maximum £25,000
d) Temporary Total Disablement – maximum £100 per week
e) Medical Benefits – up to 50% of costs
Physiotherapy Expenses – up to 75% of cost
*Claimants must be referred by a GP. Excess payable each and every claim £60. Maximum payable each and every claim £500.
f) Injury Assistance Benefit – (Lesser of) 75% of non-medical additional expenses or £30 per day
*Maximum amount payable £1,500. 14 day excess each and every claim. Pre-existing conditions excluded.
Benefits e) & f) exclude Professional Players & Coaches
You can purchase top up insurance now by including it with your membership, or contact our membership team for more help.


Basketball England Christmas Elves 

Meet some of Basketball England Staff Members looking very festive in their Christmas jumpers…..

Quiz ….. Who is Who ?


University of Hertfordshire Senior Men’s 1st Team 2016-17

Head Coach Thomas Baker.

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Harlow Hawks v Alysbury Dux l

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14/12/16


University of Hertfordshire ‘Go Herts’

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University of Hertfordshire Staff Members plus a couple of University of Hertfordshire Women’s Basketball Team


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Statisticians NEEDED for Basketball England Finals in February 2017 

 

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STATISTICIANS NEEDED

Basketball England Finals – 18th & 19th February 2017

HBA & BE are looking for local statisticians in the Hertfordshire area that we could use for the finals?

We would need 2 teams of 2 (4 in total) to do alternate games.

So both teams would have 2 games on the Saturday and on the Sunday 1 team would have 2 games and 1 would have just the 1.

Statisticians Fee £10 per game plus travel expenses, plus lunch

It would be good to use as much local resource as possible to help promote Basketball in Hertfordshire

Venue – University of Hertfordshire Sports Village, De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield AL10 9EU

If you can help or know someone who can do the stats please contact
Angela Griffin – email hertsbasketball@gmail.com


Hemel Storm Supporting Hertfordshire Basketball Association 

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Hemel Storm Division 1 Senior Men’s Basketball Club have kindly added Hertfordshire Basketball Association website link and logo to Hemel Storm Website

Thank you


Hatfield Magic v North Herts Knights ll

12/12/2016

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Oaklands Wolves u16 Boys Team

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Good to see Oaklands Wolves u16 Boys Team in training this evening with Head Coach Lee Ryan and Assistant Coach Dominic Davis


Haris International Basketball Tournament 2016

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Hertfordshire Basketball England Referee’s David Griffin & Hoj Foz have been invited to take part in this years Haris International Tournament which takes place at the Amaechi Centre in Manchester on the following dates –

27th, 28th & 29th December 2016

The Haris Memorial Tournament is an annual holiday event which pays tribute to Haris Charalambous, one of the top players to come out of the Magic youth programme.

Haris died suddenly while training with his NCAA Division 1 Toledo University team in October 2006. He showed all the qualities we need in a Manchester player, both on and off the floor. Haris’ mother, Polly, and his sister, Elena, always attend the Tournament to see some games and present the trophies. Sadly, his father Kypros, also died in July 2010.

Read Haris Charalambous story here

http://www.toledoblade.com/…/UT-athlete-dies-during-workout…


Hertfordshire Referee Eduard Udyanskyy

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BBL London Lions v Newcastle Eagles – BBL Semi Finals 1st Leg at The Copper Box.

Hertfordshire Referee Eduard Udyanskyy in action with co-official’s Referee Keith Williams & Referee Rob Hickman


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U11s Junior Central Venue League (JCVL) – 11/12/16

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U11s Junior Central Venue League – 11/12/16

Harlow Hawks have run the U11s JCVL first a number of years and is well organised and attended by loads of teams.

JCLV is the starting point for a lot of junior players Girls & Boys to start to play and take part in a monthly basketball tournament that takes place at the Mark Hall Sports Centre in Harlow.

Harlow Hawks Basketball Club Chairman & Head Coach Shab Niaz organises and runs the whole event and gives young Referees and Table Officials the opportunity to officiate

This season there are TEN teams taking part:

Blue Devils Team
Cannons Team
Cats Team
Fire Team
Harlow Hawks Red Team
Harlow Hawks White Team
Hornets Team
Leopards Black Team
Leopards White Team
Royals Team

This month Best Player was Harry Moatt from Royals who was top scorer, rebounder and got the most steals.

Well Done Harry


The Ian Pollard Referee Camp

Polly Camp 2017 

Friday 16th June to Sunday 18th June 2017 

Manchester 

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Ian Pollard 1967-2009

It was with a great deal of sadness that we announced the passing of Ian Pollard. As many of you were aware, Ian was diagnosed with cancer and unfortunately passed away on Thursday April 16th 2009.

“Polly”, as he was affectionately known to the basketball fraternity, commenced his refereeing career back in the mid 90s. He quickly established himself as a leading referee in the UK Basketball scene, officiating 369 national league games including numerous major finals.

His fine work was recognised by FIBA (the world governing body) when he obtained his FIBA Licence in 2002 and he has officiated in over 50 FIBA games.

Testament to the commitment of Ian to officiating in the UK was that whilst unable to officiate, due to his illness, he was constantly reviewing game tape and offering valuable feedback to developing and established officials alike.

Those of us that knew him will remember Ian firstly as a great man and friend, always quick to have a joke and always balanced and measured in his comments as well as a huge contributor to this league as a referee, player and committee member. The world of British Basketball will be the poorer after his passing.

Ian contributed hugely to the development in refereeing in this league and the group of people he has helped in their development have become many of our stalwart referees.

Ian Pollard – Rest in Peace, Ref.
With deep condolences, The Manchester Basketball League.


BBL on BBCSport – Gogglebox

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It’s good to see Mark Quashie & Steph Strachan family enjoying tonight’s BBL game Leicester Riders v Newcastle Eagleslol

 


If you are considering going to University then look no further than University of Hertfordshire.

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Basketball England Level 2 Table Official Course – Saturday 11th February 2017 

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Basketball England Level 2 Table Officials Course – LIMITED SPACES

Hertfordshire Basketball Association is running the 2nd Basketball England Level 2 Table Officials Course in early February 2017

Date: Saturday 11th February 2017

​Time: 10.30am to 2:30pm

Venue: University of Hertfordshire Sports Village ​
​ ​De Havilland Campus,
​ ​Mosquito Way,
​ ​Hatfield
​ ​AL10 9EU

​Fee: £30 per person ​

​FREE Parking

FREE Day Gym Pass ​

​FREE Day Swimming Pool Pass ​

​Places are limited,

if you wish to take part please contact me as soon as possible to add your name/s to the list and I will forward on the HBA Online Banking Details

Angela Griffin – hertsbasketball@gmail.com


Hertfordshire County Junior Basketball 2017 – ‘the preparation starts here’

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….. .& so it begins Herts County Basketball Trials, Training Sessions & Tournaments Paperwork starts to appear & pile up! …….. 

its worth every minute to see all junior players of all abilities come together


Herts County Coaching Staff Meeting 

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Herts Basketball Association are gearing up and getting everything for the start of this Hertfordshire County Junior Basketball Trials & Training Sessions and the coaching staff could not resist homemade Christmas Cupcakes ….. HO HO HO


Herts Girls U14s Level 3 School Basketball Tournament

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Herts Girls U14s Level 3 School Basketball Tournament took place on Wednesday 7th December 2016 at Herts Sports Village in Hatfield.

Eleven out of twelve teams took part.

1st place – Beaumont School – St Albans

2nd place – Sandringham School – St Albans

3rd place – Meridian School – Royston

4th place – Chauncy School – Ware.

The standard and level of play was outstandingly high and Hertfordshire Basketball Clubs need to seriously consider setting up Girls Teams to play.

Well done to Herts Schools Coordinator Tanya Angus and all of her staff that make it possible for all the children in Hertfordshire to take part in so many sports

 


HERTFORDSHIRE NEEDS MORE GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAMS URGENTLY

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Dominic Scott-Robinson plays for the BIG CAT’s 

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Good to see local Hertfordshire Basketball player Dominic Scott-Robinson training at Oaklands this evening with Levett Essex Leopards Senior Mens Basketball Club


Hertfordshire Young Inspiring Referees 

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Our new young BE Level 2 Referees are making such a big difference to basketball within Hertfordshire

Referee Lewis King & Referee Alex Emmerson are both great role models to all young players, coaches, referees ad Table officials


County School Tournament – Referees 

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Hertfordshire Basketball Referees from left to right Dan Sanders, Lewis King & Benjamin Daniels all officiated today at County School Tournament in Milton Keynes. The event organisers were really pleased with all three referees and a good day was had by all


If you wish to purchase Tickets for the BE Finals held on Sunday 19th February 2017 click on the link

https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/news-and-events/events

 


Basketball England Finals are Coming to Hertfordshire 

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Basketball England SEVEN major Finals are coming to Hertfordshire

Date Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th February 2017

Venue University of Hertfordshire Sports Village, De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EU


OPEN LETTER TO ALL CLUBS & TEAMS

Dear All

In light of the news reports recently regarding historical child abuse claims in youth football, Hertfordshire Basketball Association would like to assure everyone that we take the welfare of all of its basketball members very seriously and adhere to the rules and regulations of our Governing Body Basketball England regarding Child Safeguarding & Protecting Welfare.

It is essential that all Hertfordshire basketball clubs & teams make sure that all coaching staff this also includes assistant coaches, team managers, phyios have the following in place;

Registered & Licensed with BE

Qualified Coach Certificate

DBS Certificate

Safeguarding Certificate

First Aid Certificate

Can I please ask you that you make sure that all volunteers and members receive a DBS and Safeguarding Certificate before taking part in any coaching activities

The DBS, Safeguarding and First Aid Certificates have to be renewed every three years in line with the government recommended guidelines. To receive the Safeguarding & Protecting Certificate members have to attend a 4 hour face to face course there after updates can be done online.

All coaches must be a qualified Level 2 Coach to work with juniors, and no coach under the age of 18 is allowed to coach any junior player unsupervised as they can only do the Basketball England Level 1 Coaching Course when 16 years and above.

If a parent or carer has any concerns about coaches’ behaviour or conduct then they must contact the Clubs Child Welfare Officer with complete confidence. The club will take all concerns seriously and if necessary pass those concerns on to Hertfordshire Basketball Association Welfare Officer Angela Griffin to investigate.

Also, all volunteers within the club, if they have any concerns, not only about welfare of one of their players but the clubs coaches and officials then they must inform the Welfare Officer at either the club or Hertfordshire Basketball association, again with complete confidence.

Can I please ask all teams and clubs to confirm in reply to this email who your club Child Welfare Officer is

Hertfordshire Basketball Association want create a safe environment for everyone and we are here to help and advise you.



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Stortford Strollers

Veteran athletes have introduced a new game to Bishop’s Stortford’s sports scene.

The Stortford Strollers – the town’s first walking basketball team – has also received recognition from East Herts Council’s Forever Active Programme with a £200 grant to help them expand.

The team was started by a band of people who wanted to continue playing sports, but whose bodies had received their fair share of strain over the years of playing sport.

Founder Mark Swainston said: “A couple of us in Bishop’s Stortford finished playing football and tennis because our knees were gone.”

The idea stemmed from other walking sports groups, such as football – using all the same rules with one exception.

“You keep at least one foot on the ground at all times,” Mr Sawinston added.

By slowing down the game, it becomes a low-impact, cardiovascular, activity but with all the tactics and fun of basketball.

Since it started up in January, the group’s numbers have swollen to a dozen people and it has the backing of Walking Basketball UK and Herts Basketball.

The community activities grant will enable the team to invest in some more equipment and publicise the sport to the rest of the town.

Mr Swainston said: “Most of us are in our late 50s, but we welcome anyone who wants to come along and learn

“Quite a few of us have been part of playing team sports in the past and you tend to miss it.

“In a gym it can be a bit individual sometimes. It’s something the gym doesn’t offer.

“It makes people part of a team, it’s a bit of fun and camaraderie, but being a workout as well.”

Mr Swainston added: “We have a wide range of abilities – one used to play for England under-17s, but we all mix in. It’s a bit of fun.”

The weekly coach-led sessions take place at Birchwood School every Sunday at 9am.

Newcomers can try out the sport for free in the first sessions, after which it costs £5 per week to cover hall costs.

Mr Swainston said: “Just come along and try it.”

For more information, visit stortfordstrollers.com


Assistant Coach Danny Magee on the way UP

Local Stevenage player/coach Danny Magee made his first appearance on BBCSport on Friday 2nd December in the first BBL game this season to be televised on TV.

Danny started off as a young whippersnapper Herts County Junior player and has worked his way up to bring BBL Worcester Wolves Assistant Coach

Well Done Danny Magee Hertfordshire Basketball Family are really proud of you


Hertfordshire Service to Sports Awards 2016 

Congratulations to West Hertfordshire Warriors who was nominated and WON The East Region Satellite Club of the Year Award 2016


Hertfordshire Service to Sports Awards 2016 

Thank you to Fran Edwards who nominated Angela Griffin for The Herts Service to Sports Awards 2016.


The University to be at …..

Thinking about University next year ….. University Hertfordshire is the place to be.
Performance Basketball Programme


Basketball England Level 3 Referee Course 2017 

Level 3 Referee Course – HertfordshireBE Course

Ref: R318/001

Tutor: Eduard Udyanskyy

Venue: University of Hertfordshire Sports Village

Date/Time: Unit 1 -24/06/2017 9am-1.30pm

Unit 2- 25/06/2017 9am-1.30pm

Unit 3-01/07/2017 9am-1.30pm

Unit 4- 02/07/2017 9am-1.30pm

Cost: £175.00

Contact Details: Angela Griffin Tel-07739321847 Email:-hertsbasketball@gmail.com


Quote by Coach Tony Marmo –

‘Put the ball in the basket’



Basketball England Young Leaders Course 

Basketball England Tutor & Referee David Griffin was asked to run a BE Young Leaders Level 1 Table Official & Level 1 Referee Course at Stantonbury Campus in Milton Keynes.

19 candidates attended and all passed …..

Well Done to all who took part

If you would like to hold a Basketball England Young Leaders Course please contact Hertfordshire Basketball Association


Greneway School 

Well Done Greneway School with yet another convincing WIN they were on the road today to take part in North Herts Under 13s League #unbeaten


Happy Birthday to one of the greatest Hertfordshire Basketball Players/Coach Cedi Fredrick 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association & Everyone who know Cedi Frederick would like to wish Cedi A Happy Birthday for today.

Cedi was an amazing basketball player not to mention coach and one of the nicest gentleman you are likely to meet, the Herts Basketball Family owe alot to Cedi so a BIG Thank you from us ALL x


Volunteers are the Backbone of ALL Sport 


Hertfordshire Basketball Association Supporting Charity

This year HBA are supporting the following charity

http://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/your-stor…/christmas2016/

Any HPL player or team fines issued the money will go towards helping to find a cure

All our love & support Jo Eames & Family x


https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/about-be/beleaguesandcompetitionssurvey

 


Talented Craftsmen in Hertfordshire 



All Hands on Deck!

 

It was all fun and games over in Letchworth HPL Chairman Jon Arnold trying to work the clock lol


Basketball England SEVEN Finals are coming to Hertfordshire in 2017 

It’s Official Basketball England Finals are coming to Hertfordshire –

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th February 2017


British Player Evan Walshe 

It’s good to see Hertfordshire Lad Evan Walshe in action for Barry University in Miami USA


Congratulations Referee Ramelijus Seskevicius 

Congratulations to newly qualified BE Level 2 Referee Ramelijus Seskevicius who has completed the 3 assessed and signed off games


WBBL still waiting for first league win game this season Archers, Caledonia Pride, Oaklands


Basketball X Factor 

Hertfordshire lass (Welwyn Garden City) Alesha Dixon at London Lions Basketball Game at the weekend meets Louis the Lion


Congratulations Referee Alfie Hill 

Congratulations to newly qualified Level 2 Referee Alfie Hill who has had all 3 assessed games signed off and will receive his BE Certificate shortly ……

Well done Alfie


Congratulations Referee Gediminas Mikstas 

Congratulations to newly qualified BE Level 2 Referee Gediminas Mikstas who has completed and had all 3 assessed games signed off and will be receiving his BE Level 2 Referee Certificate shortly from BE …. Well Done Ged


The Basketball Referee’s Godfather & Godson 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association Chairman & Referee Dave Pollard stepped out onto court with his godson newly qualified BE Level 2 Referee Alfie Hill …. fantastic to see


Bribe the Referee !

One way of getting the referee on your side …. ‘Bribe him with SWEETS’


HBA Referee Mentor & Assessor Hoj Fozi 

Hertfordshire Referee Mentor Hoj Fozi observing and assessing Referee Dwain Addman & Referee Gediminas Mikstas


Remembrance 

Remembrance is part of modern British life, culture and heritage. It becomes a particular feature of the public calendar each year when public, private, formal and informal Remembrance events take place throughout the UK, & Hertfordshire Basketball Teams showed their mark of respect too.



Hertfordshire Basketball Association Referee & Coaches Workshop Travels to Ipswich 

Hertfordshire Referee Eduard Udyanskyy takes Hertfordshire Officials Referee Workshop to Ipswich


Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course – Number 3 

HBA have organised the 3rd Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course.
Candidates from far and wide attended London, Surrey, Oxford, Essex Cambridge & Brentwood
Tutor Referee Eduard Udyanskyy and assisted by Referee Hoj Fozi



Hatfield Magic Basketball Team 

Hatfield Magic Basketball Team would like to send their condolence to Referee Henry Salvatierra who’s mum sadly passed away when he was officiating their last home game


HBA Referee Mentor & Assessor David Griffin 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association (HBA) have organised and run a number of BE Referee Courses in the last 6 months and have increased their Referee Pool from 12 referees to 45.

HBA came up with the idea and have set up a Referee Mentor Committee with three of the highest qualified referees we have here in Hertfordshire Eduard Udyanskky, Hoj Fozi & David Griffin and with the help and support from Simon Unsworth at Basketball England. All newly qualified referees will be assessed and mentored and given continuous support.

HBA Chairman & Referee Dave Pollard also took the opportunity to be assessed by Referee David Griffin and pleased to say he passed with flying colours


Hertfordshire Newly Qualified Referee Charlotte Hill 

Newly qualified Referee Charlotte Hill stepped out onto court with Senior Referee and HBA Chairman Dave Pollard


Happy Basketball Halloween 


Hertfordshire Qualified Referee’s Peter Jenner & Mark James 

Two more of Hertfordshire Basketball Referees meet Referee Peter Jenner & Referee Mark James


Hertfordshire Newly Qualified Referee Sam Trapp 

Newly qualified Level 2 Referee Sam Trapp stepped out of to court with Senior Referee Henry Salvatierra and officiated 2 National League Junior Games


 

 

 


 

HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COACHES REQUIRED

 

Dear All

Its that time of year when Hertfordshire Basketball Association are looking for qualified Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Managers to take on the role of coaching one of the Herts County Junior Teams and participate in the Inter County Tournaments that are taking place in April & May 2017.

All Coaching Staff must have the following credentials in place:
Basketball England Level 2 Coach Certificate
Safeguarding Certificate
DBS
First Aid Certificate – at least one of the coaching staff with each team

Teams are as follows:

Under 11 Girls
Under 11 Boys
Under 13 Girls
Under 13 Boys
Under 15 Girls
Under 15 Boys
Under 17 Girls
Under 17 Boys

Trial Dates:
Saturday 25th February 2017 (U11s & U13s)
Sunday 26th February 2017 (U15s & U17s)

Venue: University of Hertfordshire Sports Village
De Havilland Campus
Mosquito Way
Hatfield
Herts
AL10 9EU

Inter County Junior Tournament Dates
U11s – 29th April 2017 – Oaklands Sports Zone – St Albans
U13s – 6th June 2017 – Oaklands sports Zone – St Albans
U15s – 20th june 2017 – University of East Anglia – Norwich
U17s – 21st June 2017 – University of East Anglia – Norwich

All coaching staff will be assessed and assigned to one of the teams above and available dates that the Coaching staff can commit to with regard to Training Dates and Training venues .

So if you would like to take part please contact myself Angela Griffin ASAP

hertsbasketball@gmail.com


Congratulations – Shona Harnett 

 

Congratulations to BE Referee Shona Harnett who has just qualified and received her BE Level 3 Referee Certificate


Potters Bar Basketball Player Ellie Maidman – Back up and Running 

It’s so good to see Ellie Maidman is up and running after a serious injury …. keep going Ellie


Hitchin Basketball Player Ben Lawson – Living the Dream 


Blast from the Past 


Hertfordshire Past & Present – John Burnell – Player & Coach

John Burnell – Past & Present – Player & Coach


Hertfordshire Newly Qualified Referee Danial Sanders 

Newly qualified Referee Daniel Sanders stepped out into court for the first time with BE Level 3 Referee David Griffin and officiated  the HPL Senior Mens HPL game West Herts Warriors ll v East Herts Royals ll


Hertfordshire Service to Sports Awards 2016

Angela Griffin has been nominated for Hertfordshire Service to Sports Awards 2016



Hertfordshire Newly Qualified Referee’s Lewis King & Alex Emmerson 

Newly qualified Level 2 Referee’s lewis King & Alex Emmerson headed out on to court and was mentored and assessed by BE Level 3 Referee David Griffin


Gold Star goes to Hatfield Magic re HPL Licence Card Details  

Good to see Hatfield Magic have got their photocopy of licence cards, numbers and photos of all players and Team List for the Table Officials ….. GOLD STAR.

Can all teams please make sure you do the same.


Basketball England Referee Uniform Suppliers here in Hertfordshire 

Basketball Referees can order the Spalding Basketball Referee Uniform from Local Hertfordshire Company

Spalding Referee Jacket £48

Spalding Referee Classic Shirt £25

Spalding Referee Trousers £42,50


Basketball England 75th Annual General Meeting – Rugby 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association Secretary Angela griffin attended the Basketball England 75th annual General meeting that took place in Rugby on Sunday 16th October 2016.

British Basketball Legend Steve Bucknall Appointed To Basketball England’s Board

Three Directors appointed at the 75th Basketball England AGM held in Rugby on 16 October 2016
Steve Bucknall and John Wells were appointed and Nicky Shaw re-elected
Basketball England has appointed three elected Board Member’s to further strengthen the Board and guide the National Governing Body to the next stage of its evolution to further build and profile the game with the basketball community.

Former NBA player and most successful England Youth Coach Steve Bucknall and referee John Wells were appointed as new Directors of the Board along with Nicky Shaw who was reappointed for a three-year term.

Steve was the first Englishman to play in the NBA and has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a player, coach and administrator in basketball that can only be matched by a few others in this country.

Having started playing as a Junior at Crystal Palace Basketball Club, he moved to Governor Dummer High School in the USA, followed by achieving a degree while playing at University of North Carolina. He was drafted by LA Lakers which saw him become the first Englishman to play in the NBA. His professional playing career continued in Europe and England.

He was England School Boys Captain, GB Men’s Captain, England Captain and 2006 Commonwealth Bronze medallist. As a coach he has been able to impart this experience when coaching England U18 men, taking them to Division A in 2012 and earning 9th place in 2013.

In his role as Basketball Development Officer for Lewisham, he coached in schools, developing a coordinated vision for basketball. He has also developed and leads a team of people who run London Thunder Basketball Club, which has grown from 6 junior players in a sports hall, to a club that has created its own venue (which it has to manage) while running 8 teams from U12’s to Division 1 wheelchair.

Steve Bucknall commented “I’ve administrated a club, coached national teams, I’ve always tried to serve the sport and the next step for me is to be in a place where I can have some influence. I want to make the difference and push the sport forward and reach its potential. I’ve been at the coalface of the game at every level and I know how it works from every level, club through to the NBA and I am now hoping to put my time back into our sport.”

Steve has a passion for basketball and a clear vision as to how to make things happen to improve and grow the sport he has dedicated his life to. Development (in all areas) is the most important factor for him. He is able to bring current knowledge of both grass roots and elite basketball to developing policy, strategy and procedures. Monitoring and evaluating events and achievements, from a range of perspectives, enables him to make decisions for the long term picture with basketball as part of the wider society.

John Wells, a highly experienced National League referee, referee mentor and trainer was also appointed to the board of directors.

John Wells commented “I have the time, knowledge and drive to help move our sport forward. I truly believe there is a place for everyone in the sport of Basketball and will champion this inclusiveness in the sport whenever possible. I believe I have much to offer the sport of Basketball moving forward and I possess the drive and interest to be an effective Director.

Chair of the South East Region Basketball Association and Chair of Basketball-Sussex Nicky Shaw was also re-elected to the Board of Directors.

Nicky added “I have enjoyed my term of office and am excited continue to help the Board build a better basketball community. I feel I still have a lot to offer especially promoting and supporting grass roots basketball and recognising all the volunteers in our sport. My passion, drive and commitment are seeing this develop further and grow from strength to strength.”

“We had five great candidates nominated for the Board election this year. We are really excited that Steve, John and Nicky were elected to join the Basketball England team as members of the Basketball England Board,” said Chief Executive Officer Stewart Kellett. “Basketball England holds a prominent place in serving our members and in influencing the game. The new directors are joining us at a time where we are currently engaging with our members and stakeholders much more and responding with new and improved services to create lasting growth and success in the game. A crucial part of this transformation is to listen more, interpret the needs of everyone in the game, and deliver a change for the better. Our new Board members will add to the skills and experience of the Board. This will enable us to make the best decisions for the sport, attract new people to the game and support current players, members and key partners to get the most from the game.”


Hertfordshire Newly Qualified Referee Alfie Hill

Newly qualified Level 2 Referee Alfie Hill headed out onto court with Referee Shona Harnett


Hertfordshire Newly Qualified Referee Alex O’Neill

Newly qualified Level 2 Referee Alex Oneill headed out onto court with Referee Ian Cheeseman


Hertfordshire New Referee Dwain Addman

Referee Dwain Addman who has recently relocated and has joined Hertfordshire Basketball Association Referee Group and officiated his first game with Referee David Griffin – Michaelians v Bedford Thunder ll who are also a new team this season and have entered the Herts Premier League 


Basketball England Level 3 Referee Course 

The course details are as follows:
Dates:
Saturday 24th June 2017
Sunday 25th June 2017
Saturday 1st July 2017
Sunday 2nd July 2017
Venue: University of Hertfordshire Sports Village
​                De Havilland Campus
                Mosquito Way
                Hatfield
                Herts
                AL10 9EU
Fee: £175 per person
  • FREE Parking
  • ​FREE Gym Day Pass
  • FREE Swimming Pool Day Pass ​

Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course 

The course details are as follows:
Dates:
Saturday 5th November 2016 – 10am to 3pm
Sunday 18th December 2016 – 9am to 1pm
Sunday 22nd January 2017 – 9am to 1pm
Saturday 11th February 2017 – 9am to 1pm
Venue: University of Hertfordshire Sports Village
​                De Havilland Campus
                Mosquito Way
                Hatfield
                Herts
                AL10 9EU
Fee : £120
  • FREE Parking
  • ​FREE Gym Day Pass
  • FREE Swimming Pool Day Pass ​
Contact Angela Griffin for details – hertsbasketball@gmail.com

Hertfordshire Newly Qualified Referee Gediminas Luksas

Newly qualified Referee Gediminas Luksas stepped out on court and officiated his first game Berkco Bears v Alysbury Dux l


Bedford Thunder ll – New Team entered into the HPL 2016

Bedford Thunder ll new team that has entered the HPL this season


Hemel Warriors – New Team entered into the HPL 2016

Hemel Warriors Basketball Team new team that has entered the HPL this season


Aylesbury Dux ll  – New Team entered into the HPL 2016

Good to see Hertfordshire Premier League Aylesbury Dux ll Team out on court this evening. For a new team they did really well


Hertfordshire Table Officials 

Lovely to see our young Basketball Table Officials making the effort to wear the correct uniform of Red Tops. Well Done Victoria & Anna


Hertfordshire Newly Qualified Referee Roybn Ainge  

 

Newly qualified Referee Robyn Ainge stepped out on court this evening Referee David Griffin.
West Herts Warriors ll v Aylesbury Dux ll
Final score 59 v 54 to Warriors

 


  Hertfordshire Basketball Association Pre Season Tournament 2017

Date: Sunday 24th September 2017

Venue: Oaklands Sports Zone, St Albans Campus, Hatfield Road, St. Albans, Herts, AL4 0XS

Time: 9:00am onwards

FREE


 Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association have organised the third BE Level 2 Referee Course to take place.

The dates are as follows:

BE Level 2 Referee Course

Saturday – 5/11/16 – Unit 1 – 10am to 3pm

Sunday – 18/12/16 – Unit 2 – 9am to 1pm

Sunday – 22/1/17 – Unit 3 – 9am to 1pm

Saturday – 11/2/17 – Unit 4 – 9am to 1pm

Venue

University of Hertfordshire Sports Village
De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield AL10 9EU

FREE Parking

FREE Gym Day Pass

FREE Swimming Pool Day Pass

FREE Basketball England String Bag

FREE Whistle & Lanyard

FREE Safeguarding Manual

FREE Mechanics Manuals

FREE Officials Rule Books

FREE Basketball England Water Bottle

Total Fee – £120

Please contact –

Simon Unsworth at Basketball England simon.unsworth@basketballengland.co.uk
or
Angela Griffin – Herts Basketball Association hertsbasketball@gmail.com


Hertfordshire Basketball Referee’s Update 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association are proud to announce that we have increased our basketball referee database to 48 Referees


 

Hertfordshire Newly Qualified Referees are Heading out on Court 

Well Done to newly qualified BE Level 2 Referee Ben Daniels who officiated his first Herts Premier League Senior Men’s Game on Monday 3rd October 2016

Luton Basketball Team v Hitchin Kings


 

 

 

Welwyn Hatfield Times

Dying dad sees daughter’s wedding just in time

Lauren with Mick

A Welwyn Garden City-based charity helped a terminally ill man see his daughter’s wedding just days before he died.

Matthew Howell, Sharon Howell, Mick Howell, Lauren Hughes amd Tom Hughes

Matthew Howell, Sharon Howell, Mick Howell, Lauren Hughes amd Tom Hughes
Isabel Hospice, which provides support for adults with life limiting illnesses, was looking after Mick Howell at its In-Patient Unit from April.

His daughter, Lauren, was getting married in May, and although the unit’s consultant was unsure he would make it, the “outstanding care” enabled him to reach the day.
The pair married in Braintree, but arrangements were made for Mick to watch the ceremony from his bed via Facetime, and following the wedding, the family hired a helicopter to whisk them to WGC Cricket Club, before hopping in a taxi to the hospice.

Mick’s wife, Sharon, said: “The staff had lined the corridor as we arrived, and it was a special moment for us all.

“We wheeled his bed into the garden and Mick, dressed in a suit jacket with a flower in his lapel, was able to be in our family photos. It was a very special time.”

Mick died four days later, but Sharon lauded the charity’s “extraordinary care”.

She said: “They couldn’t do enough for him. We were able to take Lauren’s dog Daisy in to visit, Mick felt the chef was preparing food especially for him.

“We were able to sit up at 1am and make up wedding favour boxes with doughnuts in his room, and one day when I visited the nurses were bathing him, with the radio on, and they were dancing to Bruce Springsteen.”

To find out more about Isabel Hospice visit: www.isabelhospice.org.uk


 

HBA are pleased announce that we have another 13 qualified BE Level 2 Referee’s that passed the Referee Exam and now ready to head out on to court

Connor Brown

Lewis King

Alex Emmerson

Giordano Maechetti-Wigley

Samual Trapp

Steven Shepherd

Libby Shepherd

Philip Mathias

Victoria Akroyd

Loren Christie

Alfie Hill

Charlotte Hill

Thomas Wong Moore

 

Well done to all and thank you to Referee Tutor Eduard Udyanskyy, and Referee Hoj Fozi & Referee David Griffin who will mentor, assess and support all newly qualified referees

 

 


 

Shona Harnett Qualifies as Basketball England Level 3 Referee 

I am pleased to announce that BE Referee Shona Harnett has passed the BE Level 3 Referee Course….Well Done


 

*** HERTFORDSHIRE TABLE OFFICIALS ****

Dear All

As you know HBA is doing everything possible before this season started and run 12 courses that included Referees and Table Officials Now that the season has started and underway we all need to work together and help one another when it comes to Referees and Table Officials so that we have an organised County and get the games all covered.

We have Assignr and a Whatsapp Group just for Referees to communicate and I am pleased to say we have got all National League Games and Local League games covered this weekend.

Its Table Officials that i am concerned about even though we had loads from Hertfordshire Attend the BE level 2 Table Officials Courses the response from the Pre Season Tournament was very poor and we had 4 table Officials for the whole event and only one of them was a newly qualified Level 1 Table Official the other 3 were table officials that have been on the circuit for years.

We all know that you have Table Officials within you clubs/teams but HBA would like to build a Database of all Table Officials that we can email out to everyone when a game needs covering,

I have sent all clubs/teams a form and requested that they forward it on to all their table officials connected to their club/team to complete by yourself or on behave of an under 18 table official. if you have not received it please chase your club secretary for it complete it and return to Angela Griffin hertsbasketball@gmail.com

Non of us want a season like last season where everyone was tired and exhausted, and games having to be cancelled.

Your club home games come first but at some point in the season I can guarantee you will be looking for Table Officials and want help finding cover for your game, so please can i ask you all for your full support

Please help and support

 

 


 

Greneway School Year 6 

HBA are proud of Greneway School Year 6 students they are working so hard to improve their basketball skills and learning and understanding Mini Basketball Game


 

 


Mick Howell Fair Play Trophy Awarded to Referee Jay Bashford 

As of this year HBA have introduced the Mick Howell Fair Play Trophy that will be awarded yearly to someone that has stood out, has gone that one step further, over come hurdles ect
This year the award went to Referee Jay Bashford from Essex.
Jay is 14 years old and has a great future ahead of him officiating, he also has Asperses Syndrome and that has not stopped him from achieving so much in the last 5 months.
Jay came along and attended the Basketball England Level 1 Referee Course earlier this year and straight away he stood out to the Referee Tutor David Griffin that he was ready to progress straight on to the BE Level 2 Referee Course.
Jay will coninute to be assessed and mentored by HBA Referee Mentors and HBA would like to thank Ellie Grafton & Sean Worrall for continuing to mentor and support Jay in Essex.
Well Done Jay


Mick Howell Veteran’s Memorial Game – 25th September 2016 

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association would like to thank you all for taking part in yesterdays memorial game.
The shield Mick’s family presented to HBA will be used and details will be published shortly.
In the next few days i will receive the disc of photographs our photographer took and will be available to view on HBA Facebook page and website.
Thank you once again for coming along and playing, supporting the whole event Mick would be proud


 

HBA Pre Season Tournament – 25th September 2016 

HBA would like to thank you all for coming along and taking part in this years
HBA Pre Season Tournament that took place on Sunday.
There were 12 teams taking part and Oaklands Sports Zone was buzzing
It was lovely to see so many people past and present come together and enjoy the sport we all love BASKETBALL.
The tournament was won by Oliers basketball Team and was coached by Paul Jones.
Thank you to all the Referees, Table Officials, Assessors, Coaches, players, family & friends we look forward to seeing you next year
Also a BIG Thank you to Orla and her staff at Oaklands Sports Zone

Have a Great Season


HBA Referee & Coaches Workshop 2016

The HBA Referee & Coaches Workshop 2016 was a great success and the feedback was good and positive.

36 people attended.

Thank you and Well Done to Basketball England Referees Eduard Udyanskyy, Hoj Fozi & David Griffin


NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit Safeguarding Star’s Award 

presented to 

Angela Griffin 


Basketball England Referee Courses 

Herts Basketball Association shortly to announce dates for the 3rd BE Level 2 Referee Course plus BE Level 3 Referee Course


Greneway School 


EAST Regional Under 15 Girls Team 2016 

Congratulations to EAST U15s Girls National Regional Development Basketball Team who were the winners beating North West in the Final in Manchester


EAST Regional Under 15 Boys Team 2016 

EAST fought hard in the BE National Regional Development U15s Boys Tournament in Manchester and got to the Finals but sadly lost to London 64-50


Basketball England National League Season 2016-17 ….. STARTS TODAY


Hertfordshire very own Vicky Grey


Stortford Strollers – update 

Stortford Strollers Walking Basketball in their new reversible basketball kit supplied by MarconStore Letchworth……very smart


Referee Shona Harnett in Rio 

Referee Shona Harnett traveled to the Rio Paralympics 2016 and was splashed all over Twitter when watching GB v Brazil Wheelchair Basketball game


Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Head Coach Haj Bhania 

GB Wheelchair Basketball Team Head Coach Haj Bhania on the BIG screen at the Rio Paralympics.

GB Men v Brazil Men.

Well done Team GB the final score 73 – 55


Hoj Fozi Basketball England Referee of the Year 2016 


Well Done David Griffin 

Congratulations to Referee David Griffin who passed the Referee Fitness Test and got 100% in the Referee Rules Exam at this years Basketball England National Officiating Conference 2016 in Sheffield 


Basketball England National Officiating Conference 2016 

Basketball England National Officiating Conference 2016 in Sheffield takes place from 9th September to 11th September 2016.

Four of Hertfordshire finest Referees will be attending David Griffin, Eduard Udyanskyy, Hoj Fozi & Ar


Life Saver Basketball Referee Selcan Rowles 

Cambridge Police Special Constable & Basketball England Referee Selcan Rowles saves a man’s life

A Special constable has spoken of her joy after learning she and others had saved the life of a man who collapsed during a running race.
Selly Rowles, 32, was running in the five-mile road race herself when, after roughly one mile, she noticed a disturbance up ahead and some runners shouting for a marshal.
She realised 67-year-old Tom Sullivan was in a ditch collapsed. She stopped and checked his pulse but could not find one.
Selly, who has been a Special for four years, and three other competitors assessed him and started CPR and continued for about 30 minutes before ambulance and then air ambulance arrived.

http://ow.ly/QdNE3040xjO


Bon voyage to Referee Patrick Hunter 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association would like to Thank HPL General Secretary & Referee Patrick Hunter for all the endless hours that he has dedicated to Hertfordshire Basketball over the years and we all wish him the very best for the future in Ireland.


  The Little Things that Count 

 Basketball Referee Henry Salvatierra would like to thank Herts Basketball Association Registrations Officer Fran Edwards for  the little label that was attached to his BE Referee Licence card that he received in the post today ‘nice touch’

Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards 2016 


Full details of this years Hertfordshire Basketball Association Pre Season Tournament 2016.

Sunday 25th September 2016

Oaklands Sports Zone,
St Albans Campus
Hatfield Road
St. Albans
AL4 0JXS

The whole event is FREE and everyone is welcome to come along.

Referee & Coach Workshop – 9am to Midday

All referees and newly qualified referees along with basketball coaches again including newly qualified coaches are invited to attend the
Referee & Coach Workshop everyone will be bought right up to speed with regard to Rules & Interpretations by HBA Referee Mentor Committee members.

All the information will be supplied directly from BE and will be used at the at this years BE National Officials Conference that takes place this coming weekend.

HPL Pre Season Tournament – 11:30am to 4pm

This year we have TWELVE teams taking part in the tournament

1. Alysbury Dux
2. Berko Bears
3. East Herts Royals
4. Harlow Hawks
5. Hemel Warriors
6. Hitchin Kings
7. LT United
8. Bedford Thunder
9. North Herts Knights
10. Oaklands Division 4
11. Oiler’s
12. West Herts Warriors

Mick Howell Veterans Memorial Game – 5pm onwards

The THREE Teams taking part are –

A Team

Paul Jones – player/coach
Ewan Kassir
Duncan Ogilvy
Lloyd Gardner
Matt Emmes
Dave Allin
Steve Darlow
Adam Sullivan
Bryan Balser
Matthew Howell – Mick’s son
Ewan Page

B Team

Shab Niaz – player/coach
Vince Macaulay-Razaq – player/coach
Richard Whytock
Rafe Abrook
Paul Jessop
Jamie Edden
Wayne McGhan
Ben Greenley – Mick’s nephew
Bernie Roy
Scott Duckett

FIBA International Referee Team

Keith Williams
Simon Unsworth
Paul Unsworth
Eduard Udyanskyy
Neil Wilinson
Dale Aitchson
Rob Hickman
Paul Walton
Lahdo Sharro – from Sweden
Martin Ford

Referees – David Griffin, Hoj Fozi & Shona (3PO)

Table Officials – Daniel Brookes & Mick Kirk

Photographer – Chris Edgell

There will be refreshments available to purchase throughout the whole day


Congratulations to Coach Thomas Baker 

Herts Basketball Association would like to congratulate Coach Thomas Baker who has just passed with flying colours Basketball England Level 3 Coaching Course.

Tom is an outstanding basketball coach and dedicates all his time to basketball even though he has a young family, he is truly one of the nicest people you will come into contact with within basketball and he has a great future ahead of him and we wish him every success

‘Well Done Coach Tom’


CoachMark 

In December 2010, the county council said to all of Hertfordshire’s schools “… we recommend that schools employ those coaches who meet minimum standards and are registered with CoachMark. CoachMark will be administered by the Herts Sports Partnership and it will apply to coaches who wish to work in schools, whether on a paid or voluntary basis.”

That means that coaches may find they are unable to work in Herts schools if they are not CoachMark coaches. We therefore strongly recommend that individual coaches and organisations start the CoachMark process as soon as possible. The CoachMark scheme is recommended by the Herts FA, the Herts RFU and other sporting bodies.

CoachMark is a scheme for all sports coaches in Hertfordshire, in particular those looking to work in schools and on funded projects. We’re collaborating on CoachMark with Hertfordshire County Council, to help coaches gain access to schools and to safeguard young people who take part in sporting activity. The CoachMark scheme:

• allows coaches to operate in schools across the county with just one DBS (the new CRB) clearance from Hertfordshire County Council
• ensures that coaches working in schools have attained a minimum operating standard – known nationally as Minimum Standards for Active Coaches
• overcomes potential problems caused by differences in interpretation of procedure between schools
• safeguards young people who take part in sport

For CoachMark clearance, coaches must individually register on theCoaching Herts Database and provide evidence that they meet minimum standards for deployment. These standards, agreed with Hertfordshire County Council, are in line with national guidance from sports coach UK and the national governing bodies for sport. The standards cover coaching qualifications, DBS/CRB disclosure, insurance, Safeguarding & Protecting Children education, references and commitment to a code of conduct.

Once registered on the Coaching Herts database, coaches will need to have the relevant documentation verified to complete the process. We can meet coaches to carry out the necessary checks, either at verification sessions or by appointment.

For further information, contact Rob Hardwick, Coaching Development Manager with the Herts Sports Partnership, on 01707 281204 or via email atr.d.hardwick@herts.ac.uk

 


HBA 2016 Basketball Courses Update 

HBA have organised and run TEN Courses over the past few months ranging from Safeguarding, First Aid, BE Level 1 & 2 Coaching Courses, BE Level 1, 2, & 3 Table Official Courses, BE Level 1 Referee & TWO separate BE Level 2 Referee Courses

181 candidates attended from far & wide including from overseas.

Thank you to all the tutors who run the courses


Good Luck to Haj Bhania & GB Wheelchair Basketball Men’s Team

 

Aylesbury Dux Basketball Coach Haj Bhania has been preparing for the Rio Paralympics 2016 he is the Head Coach of the GB Men’s wheelchair Basketball Team

GB Men’s games are as follows : (time difference is 4hrs behind BST)-
8th 11:45 Algeria
9th 11:45 Iran
10th 21:30 Brazil
11th 12:15 Germany
12th 15:45 USA


Herts Pre Season Tournament 2016

HBA Pre Season Tournament takes place on Sunday 25th September 2016 at Oaklands Sports Zone in St Albans starts at 11:30am

The following TWELVE Teams are taking part:

Alysbury Dux
Bedford Thunder
Berkhamsted Bears
East Herts Royals
Harlow Hawks
Hemel Warriors
Hitchin Kings
LT United
North Herts Knights
Oakland Wolves Division 4 Team
OilersWest Herts Warriors 

Everyone is welcome to come along and support, the event is FREE and there will be refreshments to purchase throughout the day kindly supplied by Oaklands College Sports Zone Staff


 

North Herts Knights Basketball Clubs Open Letter 

Hertfordshire basketball are proud of North Herts Knights and what they have achieved over the past few months.

Below is an open letter from the club’s new Chairman Ewan Kassir … read on

August 2016
Dear Club Members, Parents and Carers
We hope you have all had a good summer, are well rested and ready for a new season of basketball with North Herts Knights.
Since the end of last season there have been a number of changes at the club. Firstly, Wendy Tierney has stepped down as Chairperson and will no longer play an active role in the running of the club. Wendy will still be around the club, assisting where possible with table official duties and as a supporter.
Myself and the committee cannot underestimate the huge role Wendy has played in taking NHK to where it is today and we would like to thank her for the commitment and passion she has shown in helping the club achieve all it has to date.
As a result, there have been some fundamental changes to the organisational structure of the club. This was needed to make sure we have a strong foundation moving forward, to stabilise and grow the club providing both developmental and elite basketball.
The committee is now larger and stronger with the responsibility of running the club being shared amongst more people. This not only helps with the burden of responsibility but also ensures a more democratic approach to decision making with more people able to vote on the direction of the club.
A committee member overview and contacts list will be available on the new club website by the end of the month.
One of the biggest decisions we had to make over the summer was how to give NHK a home where ALL our teams and training sessions could be based together as an entire club, instead of how it was, spread out across 3 different venues like we have been for the past number of years. We strongly felt that all being together under one roof would help us grow the club and provide consistency of facility for our teams playing in competitive leagues (instead of training in one gym and playing matches in another).
In addition, we also had to consider new court costs that had risen to above £40 per hour which would have meant large increases in our annual fees for senior, national league and youth teams.
We are excited and pleased to announce that the club is moving ALL teams and training to:
Pendleton Sports Centre
Etonbury Academy
Stotfold Road
Arlesey
SG15 6XS
This is a brand new facility, built to the highest standards and one which will help the development of the players and the club.
To accommodate ALL of the club’s sessions and match days in the same venue there has been a slight shuffle of our sessions over the week. Our club sessions will now be as follows:
Tuesdays National League 6pm-8pm
Tuesdays Seniors Knights1 8pm-10pm
ThursdaysNational League 6pm-8pm
Thursdays Seniors Knights28pm-10pm
FridaysUnder 12’s Youth Training6pm-7pm
FridaysUnder 15’s Youth Training 7pm-8.30pm
FridaysUnder 18’s Youth Training8.30pm-10pm
SaturdaysNational League 12pm-2pm
Home Fixture Dates Only

These details will also be available on the new club website.
The new sports centre has been secured at a reasonable rate. However, the costs of running the club have been increasing. Coaches, referees, insurances, registration, courses and England Basketball affiliation costs have all risen over the past few years.
We have always tried to keep our club and training fees as low as possible, however this year there will be a slight increase in the youth developmental basketball fees,
The Under 12’s fees will increase from £4.00 per training session to £4.50 per training session.
The Under 15’s and Under 18’s fees will increase from £5.00 per training session to £6.00 per training session.
The Clubs youth signing on fee will remain at £20.00 for the season.
The committee appreciate that the decisions we have taken may not work perfectly for everyone. We have deliberated long and hard about the best course of action, the impact it will have and how the club can move forward.
We strongly believe NHK is the best local basketball club in the county. We have great numbers of all ages coming to play, a large volunteer and support network of committed parents and coaches and we have excellent players both young and old who turn up every week to enjoy basketball in a safe and fun environment.
As chairman I am really looking forward to the new season and training sessions. I will be around as much as possible, but should you have any questions please do not hesitate in emailing once the contacts are released.
Please watch your emails over the next week for signing on info for the youth of the club which Jo Daniels will be sending out.
We are looking forward to seeing you all soon and another excellent new season of Basketball at NHK.
Many thanks
Ewan Kassir Chairman of North Herts Basketball Club
and the NHK Committee.


University of Hertfordshire is the place to be for Education and Basketball


Hertfordshire Basketball Association Courses Update  

Herts Basketball Association have run and organised 11 courses over the past few months.
We have had candidates come from far and wide, even from overseas.

BE Level 1 Coaching Course
BE Level 1 Referee Course
BE Level 1 Table Official Course
BE Level 2 Coaching Course
BE Level 2 Referee Course #1
BE Level 2 Referee Course #2
BE Level 2 Table Officials Course
BE Level 3 Table Officials Course
First Aid Course #1
First Aid Course #2
Safeguarding & Protecting Children’s Course

Hope you all enjoyed taking part.

Now you have done the courses make sure what ever course you attended you use the knowledge and experience to good use.

Herts Basketball Association are here to help and support you

 


Basketball England Level 3 Table Officials Course 

Table Official Tutor Emily Clarke run the Basketball England Level 3 Table Officials Course at Herts Sports Village and ten candidates attended and had come from far and wide to take part


Basketball England Level 2 Table Officials Course 

Fantastic turnout to this mornings BE Level 2 Table Officials Course

33 people attended

Thank you to Emily Clarke for tutoring the course

Thank you also to HBA Fran Edwards who also came along help


West Hertfordshire Warriors WINS Sport England’s East Region Satellite Club of the Year Award!  

West Herts Warriors female Satellite Club basketball session at Queens School has been awarded the Sport England East region Satellite Club of the Year award.

The Satellite Club basketball session has attracted more than 50 females aged 11-18 to regularly participate in fun based weekly basketball sessions, over the past school year. West Herts Warriors key focus has been to attract more females to the sport and bridge the gap between school and club basketball!

Satellite clubs are extensions of community sports clubs, which use different venues such as a secondary schools or colleges to offer a range of sports to young people who may not be regularly active, or lack the confidence to join a sports club.

The idea of satellite clubs is for our own community basketball clubs to deliver fun and informal basketball sessions. Satellite clubs have an open door policy to attract as many participants to the sport as possible. Specialist coaches from our basketball programmes make sessions as relaxed as possible whilst ensuring participants personal and playing skills are developing too.

West Herts Warriors have won the award ahead of a host of Satellite Club based sports including football, boxing, table tennis and rugby, which really shows the hard work and dedication from the club.

Satellite Club Officer, Taner Adu, commented:

‘We are extremely pleased to hear that West Hertfordshire Warriors have been recognised by Sport England and Herts Sports Partnership, for all the hard work they have put into the Satellite Club programme this past year. More importantly it is great that it is actually an all girls Satellite Club that has won the award, as female participation is a key focus for Basketball England this year on the Satellite Club programme. On behalf of Basketball England I would like to say thank you, congratulations and keep up the good work!’

Basketball England would like to congratulate and thank West Herts Warriors for their continued efforts on the Satellite club programme and wish them the best of luck for the up and coming season.


 

Officiating Awards 2015-2016

Basketball England currently have 3 awards which recognise the recipient for their achievements in officiating throughout the season.

These awards will be presented at the National Officiating Conference.

· Referee of the Year – Steve Lallament Award

· Services to Officiating – Mary Clarke Award

· Table Official of the Year – Bill Taylor Award

If you know somebody who is deserving of one of the awards above please contact Angela Griffin – hertsbasketball@gmail.com for the nomination form and return it to Simon Unsworth no later than Tuesday 30th August 2016.

 


 National Talent Camp 2016 – Young Coaches & Officials Needed! 

Young coaches and officials are being sought for the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp 2016 to take part in an inspiring four day residential experience that will bring together over 300 of the most talented young athletes, coaches and officials from across England.  The YST National Talent Camp, will be held at Loughborough University 16th -19th December 2016.

Developed and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, hosted by Loughborough University and funded by Sport England, the camp is globally unique with athletes, coaches and officials sharing the experience and developing in the same environment.

The camp is designed to encourage young people to be ambitious about where their interest and talent can take them. In addition, young athletes will explore and develop skills outside of basketball that can help them excel as they develop their passion for basketball.

Coaching Participation & Development Manager  Brian Aldred, said: “The National Talent Camp is a fantastic opportunity for young people and will provide a real and meaningful environment for our young coaches and officials to explore their abilities and dreams.

Leadership opportunity

Basketball England will use the National Talent Camp as a platform to launch the coaching and officiating careers of the young people chosen. Following the YST camp BE will host additional workshops in 2017 to assist in the development of both the young coaches and officials.

For more information on the YST National Talent Camp visit their website here.

How to apply

Interested young coaches and officials must be aged 15-18 but not yet in university, and will need to complete the application form by 7th October.  Applicants will be contacted in mid October.

Young Coach Requirements

  • Be recommended by a Basketball England Official, mentor or teacher.
  • Be aged 14 – 18
  • Be in full time education and be either at school or college
  • Be enthusiastic and willing to learn and improve as a coach
  • Show positive leadership qualities and a positive attitude to improving themselves and their sporting performance
  • Be motivated to pass on their knowledge to others
  • Be available to attend the entire National Talent Camp at Loughborough on Friday 16 – Monday 19 December
  • Be committed to developing further through local clubs and will engage in the pre and post camp development programme set by Basketball England and the Youth Sport Trust
  • Have a named Club, Coach or NGB mentor
  • Aspire to become a level 2 qualified and deployed coach

Young Official Requirements

  • Be recommended by a Basketball England Official, mentor or teacher.
  • Be in full time education and be either at school or college
  • Be age 14-18
  • Be enthusiastic and willing to learn and improve as an official
  • Show positive leadership qualities and a positive attitude to improving themselves and their sporting performance
  • Be motivated to pass on their knowledge to others
  • Be available to attend the entire National Talent Camp at Loughborough on Friday 16 – Monday 19 December
  • Have a named Club or NGB mentor
  • Be committed to developing further through local clubs and will engage in the pre and post camp development programme set by Basketball England and the Youth Sport Trust
  • Hold a Level 2 Refereeing qualification

Lauren’s Charity Walk in Memory of her Dad Mick 

As you know sadly we lost a great friend within Basketball Mick Howell early this year.

Sadly Mick was unable to walk his daughter Lauren down the aisle, but Lauren and her husband flew by helicopter on the day of their wedding to have photographs with her dad Mick at the Hospice.

Lauren wants to raise money to say Thank You to all the staff for looking after her dad.

I have attached Lauren’s Just Giving Link below.

Please help and support Lauren Hertfordshire Basketball would not be what it is without all the time, effort Mick dedicated to the game we all love

Lauren’s Story

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

I’m doing this sponsored walk in memory of my dear dad. The hospice were incredible and considering he didn’t want to go there initially we had the best time and some of our happiest memories there including them allowing me to see him on my wedding day. He raved about the food and nurses and I owe it to him to give something back.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lauren-Hughes23?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Lauren-Hughes23&utm_campaign=pfp-share

 


Loren Christie 

Hertfordshire is right begin our local girl Loren Christie #14 who is playing for England U16 Girls Basketball Team in Romania


 

Changes to the Safeguarding Requirements for Officials – 2016/17

Basketball England has reviewed the current safeguarding requirements and following feedback from membership, we have made a few changes to respond to your suggestions. We hope the new requirements will continue to serve our members in order to meet child protection in sport standards while maintaining a system that is workable for individuals, clubs and associations. Following advice and guidance from CPSU (Child Protection Sport Unit)

The changes are as follows;

Referees

All Referees will be required to log into their online account and complete an electronic Self Declaration form. When an individual has signed in to their own account, they would need to navigate to their profile details. There is a new tab there called Self Declaration and Disclosure. From there they can submit the disclosure.

All Referees will be required to maintain an annual safeguarding update which can be done online by clicking HERE.

Table Officials

National League Table Officials and Local League Table Officials will not be required to obtain a safeguarding course. Basketball England will produce a Safeguarding and Protecting Children presentation for Table Officials and will supply this within the next 3 – 6 months. In the meanwhile, Table Officials should ensure they read and understand the BESafe Guide which can be found at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions about the changes please contact Melissa Hague by clicking HERE.

For more information and to download the BEsafe document, please click here.

Officiating Awards 2016-2017

We currently have 3 awards which recognise the recipient for their achievements in officiating throughout the season. These awards will be presented at the National Officiating Conference.

·        Referee of the Year – Steve Lallament Award

·        Services to Officiating – Mary Clarke Award

·        Table Official of the Year – Bill Taylor Award

If you know somebody who is deserving of one of the awards above please complete the attached nomination form and return it to Simon Unsworth no later than Tuesday 30th August 2016. Details about the awards can also be found attached.

Licensing, Membership & Fees

The membership and registration system for the 2016/17 season is now open.

Please be advised that membership fees remain unchanged from last season. As such, the following prices will be in effect for 2016/17:

For officiating in Junior National League, Local League and BUCS:

Senior Referee/Table Official Fee – £15

Junior Referee/Table Official Fee – £10

For officiating in Senior National League, plus the competitions listed above:

Senior Referee – £40.00

Junior Referee – £35.00

Senior Table Official – £27.50

Junior Table Official – £22.50

Member Communication and Guidance

We have produced a registration guide that should help any Senior National League Officials who need to log in and pay for their 2016/17 registration. This can be found by clicking HERE.

If you wish to become an official in the Senior National League and you have not done this previously, please contact me by clicking HERE.

Other Notes

The sign in page for the online membership portal can be accessed from: http://legacy.basketballengland.co.uk/members/signin.aspx

Sign in details should not have changed from last season but if you experience any issues accessing the membership portal please let me know.

Senior National League Referee (SNL) Assignments (AssignR)

For the 2016-17 season Basketball England will once again use the online AssignR programme to complete all of its referee assignments for SNL games.

If you officiated in the SNL last season and have paid for a registration this season then your AssignR account will remain active.

If this is your first season then please complete and pay for your registration and we will be in contact regarding your AssignR account.

 

 


 

Basketball England Finals are coming to Hertfordshire in February 2017 

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Hertfordshire Basketball Association are proud to announce ‘BASKETBALL ENGLAND FINALS ARE COMING TO HERTFORDSHIRE February 2017’

The Finals will be held at Herts Sports Village in Hatfield

Saturday 18th February 2017 –

Junior NBL National Cup U16s Girls Finals
Junior NBL National Cup U16s Boys Finals
NBL National Cup U18s Women’s Finals
NBL National Cup U18s Men’s Finals

Sunday 19th February 2017 – Senior Cup Finals

Senior Men’s National Shield Final
Patrons Cup Final
Men’s National Trophy Final


 

Qualified Basketball Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Team Managers Required 

If you would like to be part of the Coaching Staff of one of Hertfordshire County Junior Teams in 2017 please contact Angela Griffin hertsbasketball@gmail.com


Inter County Junior Basketball Tournament 2017 

The dates have just been released for Inter County Junior Basketball Tournament 2017, more details will be available nearer the time.

If you would like to be a Head Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Manager of one of the Hertfordshire Teams please contact Angela Griffin hertsbasketball@gmail.com

Saturday 29th April 2017 – Under 11’s – Oaklands Sports Zone, St Albans, Herts

Saturday 6th May 2017 – Under 13’s – Oaklands Sports Zone, St Albans, Herts

Saturday 20th May 2017 – Under 15’s – University of East Anglia, Norwich

Sunday 21st May 2017 – Under 18’s – University of East Anglia, Norwich


Referee Andrew Carey 

Good to see Hertfordshire Referee Andrew Carey refereeing in The Singapore National Games Finals.

All three games were played in searing hot heat and very close and competitive.

The Masters Final was very feisty and the first half took over an hour with 20 Fouls called in just the First Quarter!!!!


Congratulations to Newly Qualified Basketball England Level 2 Referee’s 

Well Done to all the candidates who took part in the first BE Referee Level 2 Course HBA organised for Basketball England.

Some of the candidates were away on holiday and will do the exam in October,

Everyone enjoyed the  course and were amazed how much referees have to learn.

HBA are looking forward to seeing you all out on court come the start of the season.

HBA Referee Mentor Committee members came along to introduce themselves to everyone Eduard Udyanskyy, Hoj Fozi, David Griffin & Patrick Hunter and explained the help and support they will continue to have.


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Sunday 25th September 2016

HBA Referee & Coach Workshop

9am to Midday

Court 10am to 11am

Oakland Staff to prepare courts 11am to 11:30am

Players taking part in the HBA Pre Season Tournament can warm up on court from 11:30am

Pre Season Tournament

Midday to 4pm

Oakland Staff to prepare Show Court4pm to 4:30pm

Refreshments 4:30pm to 5pm

Mick Howell Veterans Memorial Game

Tip off 5:15pm

Refreshments will be available to purchase throughout the day

Supplied by Oaklands Sports Zone Staff

Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Snacks ect

 


‘Bounce Back to Basketball for Women’

To all you lovely ladies out there that want to start playing basketball again or wish to start playing here is the basketball session just for you …

Starting Date – Friday 9th September 2016
Time: 7:30pm to 9pm
Fee: £5
Venue: Francis Combe Academy
Horseshoe Lane
Watford
Herts
WD25 7HW

Contact: Fran Edwards  – 07875 247563 – Qualified BE Level 2 Coach


North Herts Knights Basketball Player Ewan Kassir – Sky Dives for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Charity

Well Done Ewan 

Dear All

Sadly as you know HBA have had to cancel the All Star Basketball Charity Event due to lack of support.

The event was to help raise much needed funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

Matt & Jo Eames have been part of Herts Basketball Family for many years and has helped so many others over the years.

Their little boy William has recently been diagnosed with DMD its our time now to show our support to The Eames Family.

Ewan Kassir will today be jumping out if an aeroplane to raise money for the DMD Charity, every penny raised will help towards finding a
cure to DMD.

How ever big or small a donation we all make will help and show Matt and Jo that we are here to help and support them all.

If you can make a donation please click on Ewan Kassir Just Giving Link below

Thank you

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ewan-Kassir?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Ewan-Kassir&utm_campaign=pfp-share

 


Basketball England Level 2 Coaching Course 16th & 17th July 2016 

Busy weekend for all 18 candidates attending the BE Level 2 Coaching Course
(Day 1 & 2)

Tutor Michael Ball and Assistant Tutor Thomas Baker was pleased with the enthusiasm and the willing to learn from all the candidates taking part.

The following two dates are the last two units for the BE Level 2 Coaching Course.

Saturday 20th August 2016 – 10am to 6:30pm
Sunday 21st August 2016 0 10am to 6:30pm

On Saturday 20th August 2016 candidates will be at Herts Sports Village as normal but for only 2 hours.
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Then everyone will travel to Oaklands Sports Zone where there is going to be a Senior Women’s game being played at 2:30pm.

Oaklands Women v Muhlenberg College USA

All the candidates attending the BE Level 2 Coaching Course are going to have the opportunity to shadow the coaches of both teams from the very start of the game to the final whistle,

BE Level 2 Referee candidates that are attending the 2 courses running at the moment here in Herts have also been invites along so that they too can gain experience with the HBA Referee Mentors


Basketball England Level 2 Qualified Basketball Coach Required 

Can you help?

North Herts Knight’s Basketball Club are looking for a qualified Level 2 Basketball Coach for Junior players – Friday evening 6pm to 9pm

North Herts Knights HPL Senior Men’s Team also require a qualified Level 2 Basketball Coach

Are you that person?

If you are and you want to join a very organised friendly basketball club then North Herts Knights is the club for you

Please contact their chairman Ewan Kassir Ewan.Kassir@claritytm.co.uk


Dont leave anything to chance!

 

 

 

 

If you have Juniors (Under 18s and younger) playing/training in your basketball clubs/teams then its up to you to make sure all your Coaching Staff including Team Managers have the above in place …..

ITS THE LAW …


****NEWS FLASH****

HBA ALL Star Basketball Charity Event

As you all know HBA are hoping to organise and run the above event to raise money for the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Charity.

So far no one has contact Fran Edwards lakers65@hotmail.com and confirmed they are playing or paid the £10 per player fee.

The deadline to register is Thursday 21st July 2016

If there is a lack of response then the event will be CANCELLED


Up & Coming New Hertfordshire Basketball Referee Alex Emmerson 

As you know HBA second BE Level 2 Referee Course got under way yesterday and one of the candidates from Hertfordshire Alex Emmerson was given the opportunity to pick up his whistle and referee at Hoop Central Basketball League organised and run by Essex Basketball.

Alex refereed three games in total two Under 12 games and one U14s games.

I would really like to Thank Ellie Grafton who is also a qualified Level 3 referee from Essex for helping and mentoring all candidates from Essex that are attending both the BE L2 Referee Courses HBA have running at the moment, and giving Alex from Herts the chance to head out on to court the gain experience from dedicated referees in Essex helping to improve refereeing and high the standard and level of officiating.

Ellis said ‘Alex is welcomed back anytime and it was a pleasure to meet and work with him’

I would also like to Thank Sean Worrall who was also at the event who was on hand to help advise Alex.


Bishops Stortford Walking Basketball Team

Early start this morning HBA Secretary Angela Griffin drove over to Bishops Stortford and meet Mark Swainston who set up back in January 2016 the Bishops Stortford over 50’s Walking Basketball Team.

They started with 4 members and gradually have built up to 10 players attending every Sunday morning 9-10am.

The average age of is 60 years old, they are all absolutely amazing, to be honest i personally thing walking basketball is alot harder than running up and down the court!

They all have played sports before rugby, tennis, football, and there is also a member who is a fisherman. Jan the lady on the team has previously played netball.

Two members have played basketball and to a high level.

Head Coach Eamonn who is a PE teacher has played and is working wonders with them all.

Fantastic morning I had a fantastic morning meeting them all and hope that more members pick up the basketball and try Walking Basketball I can assure you its hard going


Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course – #2 

As you know HBA have organised and run a number of courses so far this year and are pleased that BE gave authorisation for BE Level 2 Referee Courses to take place here in Hertfordshire. The response has been so good that the second Level 2 Referee Course (Unit 1) started today.

Referee Tutor Eduard Udyanskyy and Assistant Referee Tutor David Griffin are pleased to see a variety basketball officials taking the next step in becoming Level 2 Referees and with the support of the HBA Referee Mentors they have a good future a head of them.

The future of Referee’s in Hertfordshire is looking good

 


Basketball England Level 1 Coaching Course 

The BE Level 1 Coaching Course took place over the weekend and there were seventeen candidates that took part, one flew from Amman in Jordan to do the course.

HBA would like to thank basketball tutor Coach Thomas Baker who did an outstanding job


Polly Camp 2016 

Some of Hertfordshire Basketball Referees have headed to Sheffield to attend this years Polly Camp 2016

Ian Pollard was a FIBA referee of 8 years with an appetite to be the best not only for himself but for others. He refereed over 100 FIBA games and several international tournaments. He was an outstanding BBL referee, officiating BBL Championships, Cup and Trophy finals as well as working BE competitions. He officiated 369 national league games. Sadly Ian passed away in 2009 and the “Polly Fund” was created to support the development of basketball officials.

Hertfordshire Referees Eduard Udyanskyy, Hoj Fozi & David Griffin attended Polly Camp 2016


West Herts Warriors Plays Host 

West Herts Warriors’ hosted a close competitive friendly game against NBC Camps USA who are on tour around the UK


Women’s Back to Basketball Session

HBA Committee Member Fran Edwards is in the process of trying to start a Women’s Back to Basketball Friendly Session in Watford.

If you are a woman and are interested then please click on the Contact Us on the HBA Website and complete the the form and Fran will contact you or you can join the Women’s Back to Basketball Session Facebook Group.

Fran is at the moment just needs to know if you are interested in taking part and playing so that she has an idea of numbers and will try and get some funding to get the project off the ground.


HBA First Aid Course – #2 

Even though it was a Sunday morning 9 candidates turned up to the First Aid Course taking place at Herts Sports Village.

I am pleased to announce everyone passed

If you would like more information with regard to doing a First Aid Course please dont hesitate to contact Angela Griffin


Basketball England Level 1 Referee Course 

 

HBA organised and run a very successful Basketball England Level 1 Referee Course at Herts Sports Village today.

Referee David Griffin was the Tutor and Referee Hoj Fozi came along to help out and both referees are HBA Referee Mentors and they did a fantastic job with all 19 candidates.

All 19 candidates passed the Referee Level 1 and seven candidates have been advised that they apply and take part in the BE Level 2 Referee Course that starts in July 2016

Well Done to ALL

 


BISHOPS STORTFORD SNIPERS BASKETBALL CLUB

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Its lovely to hear of a NEW basketball club starting up in Hertfordshire and HBA will do everything to help support them

Bishops Stortford Snipers Basketball Club

Currently they are running one session a week;
Mondays 8-9 p.m – (Players must be over 14 on 1/9/2016).
Venue:. The Bishops Stortford High School Gym.
Contact: Jeremy Catchpole email address: stortfordsnipers@gmail.com

Bishops Stortford Snipers are hoping to run more sessions next year
(e.g. Junior, U16, U18, Senior, Ladies)

Looking to play League Basketball 2017.


Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course – #2

Basketball England have asked HBA to run a second BE Level 2 Referee Course … ALL DETAILS BELOW

Pleases reply to:

Hertfordshire Basketball Association Secretary: Angela Griffin

Email: hertsbasketball@gmail.com

Tel / text: 07739 321847

Website: www.hertsbasketball.co.uk

 EAST Region

Re: England Basketball Level 2 Referee Course

Dates of Courses: Unit 1 – Saturday 9th July 2016 – Midday to 6:30pm

Unit 2 – Saturday 6th August 2016 – Midday to 4pm

Unit 3 – Saturday 3rd September 2016 – Midday to 4pm

Unit 4 – Saturday 1st October 2016 – Midday to 4pm

 

Includes FREE Basketball England String Bag, Whistle & Lanyard, Safeguarding manual, Mechanics Manual, Officials Rule Books, & England Basketball Water Bottle

 Venue: University of Hertfordshire Sports Village, de Havilland Campus,

Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9EU

Public Transport: Performance Hertfordshire is well serviced by the uno bus network www.unobus.info which has routes to Hatfield from all over Hertfordshire including St Albans and Welwyn Garden City. The nearest stop to the clinic is at Albatross Way on St Albans Road West.

Hatfield train station is approximately 2 miles from Performance Hertfordshire. Bus numbers 620/621 are direct services to de Havilland Campus.

Time: Please aim to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of your course:

Equipment: Please bring with you sports clothes, trainers, pen, notepad packed lunch & water

 Course Fee: £120:00

Free Car Park

 All candidates are issued with a Free Day Gym and Swimming Pool Pass.

 Sit down cafe serving hot and cold food.

 Yours in Basketball,

Angela Griffin

Payments must be made in advance online within 3 clear days of receiving this

Course Confirmation and Invoice; otherwise your space will be made available to others to book.

 For direct payment using Internet Banking, use the following bank details:

Name of Bank: HSBC

Name of Bank Account: Hertfordshire Basketball Association

Bank Sort Code: 40-45-42

Bank Account Number: 01118420

Please use reference: R2 – surname


Hertfordshire Local Summer Scrimmages 2016 Information:

Club/Team – Michaelians
Venue – Parmiters Sports Centre, Watford, WD25 0UU
Day – Most Mondays (check here www.michaelians.co.uk/index_files/Schedule.htm)
Time – 20:00 – 21:30
Fee – £5 (First session free)

Club/Team – East Herts Royals
Venue – Marriotts
Day – Tuesdays
Time – 8:00. – 10:00.
Fee – £5.
*Probably best email ahead to david@stevenagebasketball.co.uk


Herts Premier League Senior Men’s Basketball Teams for 2016-17 

Below are all the Senior Men’s Basketball Teams that have entered the Herts Premier League 2016-17

The Teams are as follows:
Aylesbury Dux – 2 teams
Bedford Thunder – 2 teams
Berkhamsted Bears – 1 team
East Herts Royals – 2 teams
Harlow Hawks – 1 team
Hatfield Magic – 1 team
Hemel Hempsted Warriors – 1 team – new team entry
Hitchin Kings – 1 team
LT United – 1 team – new team entry
Luton Basketball – 1 team – new team entry
Michaelians – 1 team
North Herts Knights – 2 teams
West Herts Warriors – 2 teams

Information for Funding for Basketball in Hertfordshire


Basketball England Level 1 Table Official Course 

 

HBA organised and run a BE Level 1 Table Official Course tutored by David Griffin and the Course was held at Herts Sports Village, Hatfield.

Even though it was Fathers Day 23 candidates took part and ALL PASSED


Herts Basketball Association Annual General Meeting 2016  

The Herts Basketball Association AGM was held on Wednesday 15th June and welcomed a record turnout at the Herts University in Hatfield.

All the main active members of the committee agreed to see though another year and there was a welcome to Hoj Fozi and Terry Fryer who have become part of the Herts team and will be working in development and referee mentoring/assigning. Following a late request Michael Ball has agreed to act as DBS verifier for Herts.

We also saw a number of new teams put their case forward for inclusion to the Herts Premier League

Hemel Hempstead Warriors
Luton Basketball Club
Lithuanian United (LT) Basketball Club

Aylesbury Dux and Bedford Thunder have now entered a second team each in the League

All in all it promises to be an exciting and full on season with the extra teams now included. The charity tournament is booked for 6 August at Queens School and the pre-season tournament booked for the 25th September where there will also be a tribute game to the late Mick Howell

Dave Pollard
Chairman Herts Basketball


Shona Harnett 

Shona Harnett is a BE Table Official who officiated at the Olympics here in the UK four years ago.

Shona also is a BE National League Referee, but she also referee’s Wheelchair Basketball


Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course – Unit 2 

The BE Level 2 Referee Course Unit 2 took place today and the tutor was BE Referee Jose Celorio from London.

As you all know Hertfordshire Basketball Association (HBA) this year have organised eleven courses ranging from Coaching, Referee, Table Official, Safe Guarding,
First Aid,

Basketball England gave the go ahead for HBA to organise and run Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course and it was so successful with all 18 new referee candidates that BE have asked us to run another course throughout the summer.

We desperately need to increase the number of referees in Herts, we cannot go through another season like the last, no one wants basketball games having to be cancelled, HBA do not want referees officiating games on their own, so HBA are working hard to help improve the situation as well as offer help, support and guidance to all you new referees.

We are very lucky in Hertfordshire that we have a number of highly qualified and well respected Basketball Referees that attend the National Officials Conference every year and have to pass a fitness test as well as exams on the FIBA Rules and Regulations to be able to referee National Senior League.

HBA want to be able to support and mentor all new referees attending the two courses running, so that they dont feel like they have been thrown in the deep end without any help and support.

With the help and support of David Griffin, Edward Udyanskyy, Hoj Fozi and Pat Hunter who will mentor the new referees, they will give the new referee’s feed back ect and have agreed to deliver a Basketball Workshop just after the National Official Conference in Sheffield in September, either the week before or on the day of the HPL Pre Season Tournament 2016-17. All referees new and old have to attend and be updated with the Basketball Rules and Regulations interpretations.

HBA Referee Mentor Committee Angela Griffin, David Griffin, Edward Udyanskyy, Hoj Fozi and Pat Hunter with help and support from Basketball England Officials Participation & Development Officer Simon Unsworth held their first meeting last week at Herts Sports Village, Hatfield and Simon Unsworth attended.

New referees will have to committee officiating 3 HPL games before Christmas and 3 games after Christmas, the Mentors as mentioned will either officiate the game with the new referees or observe the game to give feed back to both officials to improve the level and standard. The existing referees will all benefit from the help and support the Referee Mentor Committee will deliver.

All clubs, teams coaches & players have already been informed of the new Referee Mentor Committee and their plans and actions to help new and existing referees and they are all on board to help make this work and they have agreed to be patient as well as encouraging and supportive towards all you new referees.

These new referees are the future of the game we all so much love so much and HBA along with BE will help develop, support and mentor them into the best referees there are in the EAST Region and beyond


 

Dear All

HBA have received the details of Mick Howells funeral.

If you wish to attend please contact Angela Griffin
Email – hertsbasketball@gmail.com


University of Hertfordshire Basketball Coaching Staff – Season 2016-17

As of September 2016 great things are happening with regard to the Uni of Herts Basketball Development Programme.

The Senior Basketball Ladies Team will be heading into the Premier League with Head Coach Michael Fields.

With regard to the Senior Men’s First Team Uni of Herts welcome on board Head Coach Tom Baker

Uni of Herts second year student, BE Level 3 Referee & Level 2 Coach David Griffin will be the Head Coach for the Senior

 


HBA Referee Mentor Committee 

 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association (HBA) this year have organised eleven course Coaching, Referee, Table Official, Safe Guarding, First Aid.

Basketball England gave the go ahead to organise and run Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course and it was so successful with 18 new referee candidates that BE have asked as to run another course throughout the summer.

We are very lucky in Hertfordshire that we have a number of highly qualified and well respected Basketball Referees that attend the National Officials Conference every year and have to pass fitness text as well as exams on the FIBA Rules and Regulations to be able to referee National Senior League.

HBA want to be able to support and mentor the new referees so a small committee has been set up just to do this.

Angela Griffin, David Griffin, Edward Udyanskyy, Hoj Fozi and Pat Hunter with help and support from Basketball England Officials Participation & Development Officer Simon Unsworth.

The first meeting was held last night at Herts Sports Village, Hatfield and Simon Unworth attend

Existing and new basketball referees will all benefit from the help and support the Referee Mentor Committee will deliver.

Details to follow ………………………..


Tribute Veterans Basketball Game in Memory of Referee Mick Howell

Mick Howell's Profile Photo

As you all know Referee Mick Howell has sadly passed away,
 
Mick was highly respected throughout basketball on and off the court.
 
HBA would like to pay Tribute to such a nice man who has helped so many over the years.
 
Anyone who knew Mick and is over the age of 40 and would like to play in the Mick Howells Veterans Basketball Game 2016
Sunday 25th September 2016
Oaklands Sports Zone, St Albans Campus, Hatfield Road, Herts AL4 0JA
4:30pm to 7pm
https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/mick-howell-a-tribute
 
HBA are also in the process of announcing The Fair Play Award that will be presented yearly – Details to follow

Three Hour Face to Face Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshop Course 

 

Herts Basketball Association organised through Sports Coach UK the following required Basketball England Governing Body Course The Three Hour Face to Face Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshop.

We hope that the candidates found the course interesting and that it will help give the knowledge and confidence to be able of recognise anything within basketball or in your everyday life to take note and act upon any issues or concerns that you face.

Please find out who within your club who is your Welfare Officer

Hertfordshire Basketball Association Child Welfare Officer is myself Angela Griffin

Basketball England Child Welfare Officer:
Melissa Hague
Compliance Manager
0114 2841088
melissa.hague@basketballengland.co.uk

 


Bev Guymon 

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our much loved colleague and friend Bev Guymon who passed away yesterday after a brave fight against liver & pancreatic cancer.

Throughout her life Bev experienced and promoted every facet of the game resulting in her spending the last 8 years of her life working for Basketball England to increase opportunities for all ages to fall in love with the game. Her passion, commitment and inspirational attitude will live long in the hearts and minds of those who were fortunate to have been blessed by this exceptional lady.

Bev will be truly missed by all those who knew her and worked alongside side her. Our thoughts & prayers are with Jimmie, Matt, Kirstie and extended family during this difficult time.


Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course #2 

HBA are in the process of organising the SECOND Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course here in Hertfordshire.

Plus, Hertfordshire top basketball referee officials are coming together to mentor existing and new referees

Basketball Officials Participation & Development Officer Simon Unsworth will be attending the first meeting

Hertfordshire is making headway of offering and delivering to everyone involved in basketball the VERY BEST


Transforming Basketball in Britain  together: A New Vision & Strategy 

 


Mick Howell – A Tribute 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association are deeply saddened to announce that Hertfordshire Retired Referee, commissioner and instructor Mick Howell has passed away. Our sincere condolences reach out to Mick’s family and friends.

Mick was introduced to basketball in 1976 as a player and soon became a referee which was his passion. In 1986 Mick became the 44th international referee to qualify from England, and go on to referee European club and major international games over the next 15 years.

He retired soon after attending the World Student Games in Beijing, the biggest tournament of his career to date. Mick had always said that he wanted to be remembered as a referee when he was at the top of his game.

Mick passion for referring continued as he became a FIBA commissioner and instructor. The wealth of knowledge Mick possessed was invaluable and he became one of England’s top referee mentors.

Mick devoted a lot of his time travelling up and down the country attending games, finals and clinics where he provided feedback to officials on game performance. It didn’t matter what the age group was or level the games were, if he was available he would attend. One of Mick’s favourite events was the Regional Development Tournaments which he would regularly attend. 

He had one objective, to improve the standard of officiating in England.

With over 500 BBL games Mick became a perfect candidate to take on the role as the BBL Referee Supervisor responsible for the co-ordination of BBL referees prior to being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

The love for him was shown recently at the Molten BBL Play-Off Final at The 02 when the match officials wore his name on their shirts for the game.

He was a close family member, friend and a huge advocate of the sport we all love. RIP Mick – you will be missed.

Mick Howell – was a gentleman on and off the court


HBA – First Aid Course 

HBA have organised two First Aid Courses that are taking place at Herts Sports Village in May & June 2016.

Basketball England Governing Body are now making it compulsary that First Aid is included along with Safeguarding & DBS checks for Coaching Basketball

 

 


EAST Region U11s Boys Basketball Tournament 2016 

Congratulations to West Herts Warriors U11s Boys Basketball Team who WON the EAST Boys Basketball Tournament today and they have qualified to take part in The National Tournament

 

 


Herts County Junior 2016 Players selected at the Inter County Tournaments 2016 (40 in total)

Herts County Junior 2016 Players selected at the Inter County Tournaments 2016 (41 in total)

U11s Girls
Rosie Porter – Oaklands Wolves
Cheluchi Ejikeme – Oaklands Wolves
Grace Strickland – Oaklands Wolves
Isabella Paas – Oaklands Wolves
Joanna Akpan – Oaklands W olves

U11s Boys
Bertie Hill- Harlow Hawks
Damola Bolarin – West Herts Warriors
Harry Lupton (Moatt) – East Herts Royals
Tom Finch –

U13s Girls
Emily Martin – Russell Hoops
Molly Bacon – Oaklands Wolves
Alice Cuell – West Herts Warriors
Daisy Oblein – West Herts Warriors
Eleanor Sollis – Oaklands Wolves

U13s Boys
William Eldridge – East Herts Royals
Tom Hughes – East Herts Royals
George Goates-Smith – Oaklands Wolves

Joe Webster – Oaklands Wolves

U15s Girls
Loren Christie – Oaklands Wolves
Mia Sarkodee-Adoo – Oaklands Wolves
Charlotte Wilkinson – West Herts Warriors
Derin Akinbobola – Oaklands Wolves
Amber Young – Oaklands Wolves

U15s Boys
Moyosore Adekeye – Barnet Bulldogs
Stephen Akpan – Oaklands Wolves
Alexander Distras – Newham Youngbloods
Toby Gastaldi-Davis – Oaklands Wolves
Charlie Howard – Oaklands Wolves
Jett Koukoulis – East Herts Royals
Mathew Offeh – West Herts Warriors

U17s Girls
Louisa Moore – West Herts Warriors
Robyn Ainge – West Herts Warriors
Anna Pollard – West Herts Warriors
Ailsi Trustcott – Oaklands Wolves
Oladoyin Bulaji – Oaklands Wolves
Maria Del Cuvillo – West Herts Warriors
Macy Spinks – Oaklands Wolves

U17s Boys
Bradley Roberts – West Herts Warriors
Jonathan St Hilaire – Barking Abbey
Robin Bedford – Barking Abbey
Ope Afolabi – Oaklands wolves


 

 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association would like to thank the following people for all their help, time and support and making Herts Junior County possible this year

Naomi Turner – U11s Girls Head Coach
Kieran Matthews – U11s Boys Head Coach
Alex O’Neill – U11s Boys Assistant Coach
Pablo Sanchez – U13s Girls Head Coach
Julie Fryer – U13s Girls Assistant Coach
Terry Fryer – U13s Girls last minute Head Coach
Daniel Sanders – U13s Boys Head Coach
David Turner – U13s Boys Assistant Coach
David Griffin – U13s Boys Conditioning Coach
Benjamin Daniels – U13s Boys Helper
Pride Nyathi – U15s Girls Head Coach
Jasper Chiwuzie – U15s Girls Assistant Coach
Emma Moatt – U15s Boys Head Coach
Mark Strickland – U15s Assistant Coach
Candice Chilolie – U15s Boys Team Manager
Michael Fields – U17s Girls Head Coach
Fego Adhokorie – U17s Girls Assistant Coach
Luke Renshaw – U17s Boys Head Coach
Andrew Renshaw – U17s Boys Assistant Coach
Julie Renshaw – U17s Boys Team Manager

Dave Pollard – Referee – U17s Boys Friendly Game against Hemel Storm
Wendy Tierney & Jo Daniels – Table Officials – U17s Boys Friendly Game against Hemel Storm
Samantha St Hilaire – helping at the U17s Boys Friendly Game
Julie O’ Mahony – helping at the U15s Girls last training session
Marine Christie – Queen of the Laundrette
Lorraine Howard – Princess of the Washing Machine

Lastly all the players and especially all the parents/guardians

THANK YOU


Hertfordshire County Junior Basketball 2016 

EAST Region Inter County Basketball Tournament Results 2016

ICT U11s Girls:
Winners: Essex
Runners-up: HERTFORDSHIRE
Third: Norfolk
Fourth: Suffolk
Fifth: Essex II
Sixth: Suffolk II

ICT U11s Boys:
Winners: Essex
Runners-up: Essex II
Third: HERTFORDSHIRE
Fourth: Suffolk
Fifth: Norfolk
Sixth: HERTFORDSHIRE II

ICT U13s Girls:
Winners:Suffolk
Runners-up: Essex II
Joint Third: HERTFORDSHIRE & Essex
Fifth: Norfolk
Sixth: Suffolk II
Seventh: Norfolk II

ICT U13s Boys:
Winners: Essex
Runners-up: HERTFORDSHIRE
Losing Semi-Finalists: Suffolk & Cambridgeshire
Other positions: Not determined due to truncated schedule

ICT U15s Girls:
1st: Essex
2nd: Suffolk
3rd: HERTFORDSHIRE
4th: HERTFORDSHIRE Development
5th Norfolk

ICT U15s Boys:
1st: Essex
2nd: Suffolk
3rd: HERTFORDSHIRE
4th: Cambridgeshire
5th: Norfolk
6th: Bedfordshire

ICT U17s Girls:
1st: Essex
2nd: Suffolk
3rd HERTFORDSHIRE
4th: Norfolk

ICT U17s Boys:
1st: HERTFORDSHIRE
2nd: Suffolk
3rd: Essex
4th: Cambridgeshire
5th Bedfordshire
6th: Norfolk


Three Hertfordshire Ladies Basketball Players have been selected to play for GB

Bethany Sarson, Kyla Nelson & Paige Robinson 

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The invitees will attend a camp in Manchester on 25 June, where preparations will begin in earnest for the tournament in Podgorica.

GB Senior Women’s Head Coach, Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Buceta will hold the coaching reins and will be assisted by Chris Bunten, who has just led Team Northumbria to a famous victory in the 2016 Molten WBBL Play-Off Final at The 02 – as well as Senior Women’s star Rachael Vanderwal.

Savannah Wilkinson debuted with the Senior Women last November in Montenegro and the Barking Abbey Crusaders’ forward is one of the headline names in contention, with Gabby Nikitinaite of Sevenoaks Suns and Kyla Nelson of Brixton Topcats having both taken part in Senior Women preparation camps across the last couple of FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 qualifying windows.

The list also includes the reigning Molten WBBL Young Player of the Year in Georgia Gayle, who has impressed with Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters. There is further current WBBL representation from Tea Charlton of league winners Nottingham Wildcats, Paige Robinson of Brixton Topcats and Abigail Johnson of Barking Abbey Crusaders, who has featured in a number of WBBL Weekly All-Star Five line-ups in 2015-16.

Bethany Sarson and Sadie Russell are returnees, having featured at the same event last summer which was also held in Podgorica.

Meanwhile there is a potential first introduction to the international game for Kennedy Leonard, who has produced big numbers with 12.1 points and 4.6 assists per game in the NCAA for the University of Colorado Boulder in the Pac-12 Conference.

The 16-player candidate list is as follows:

Tea Charlton – Nottingham Wildcats (GBR)
Samantha Clement – Cornell University (USA)
Jessica Davies – Lipscomb University (USA)
Abigail Johnson – Barking Abbey Crusaders (GBR)
Kennedy Leonard – University of Colorado Boulder (USA)
Courtney Lyons – Concordia University (USA)
Georgia Gayle – Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters (GBR)
Kyla Nelson – Brixton Topcats (GBR)
Gabriele Nikitinaite – Sevenoaks Suns (GBR)
Rachel Odumu – Monmouth University (USA)
Paige Robinson – Brixton Topcats (GBR)
Sadie Russell – Odessa College (USA)
Bethany Sarson- Pfeiffer University (USA)
Amelia Stevens – Illinois State University (USA)
Holly Wilkes – Charnwood College (GBR)
Savannah Wilkinson – Barking Abbey Crusaders (GBR)

Warm-up games are scheduled against Ireland on 01 and 02 July, while there will also be further preparation games in Romania on 04 and 05 July, prior to departing for Montenegro on 06 July


Oaklands Wolves – WBBL 

 

Oaklands Wolves Basketball Academy will take part in the Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) next year.

The Wolves will join eight other existing WBBL clubs when the action gets underway in October.

Oaklands Wolves are thrilled at joining the WBBL and will play their homes fixtures at their impressive facility at the College, which has been a home training base in recent years for the England Junior National Teams.

Director of Basketball at Oaklands Michael Ball said: “This is fantastic news for our basketball programme, our players and the College.

“We aim to add to the excitement of the WBBL and bring a young and fast-paced style of basketball to fans around the league. It would not have been possible to make this happen without the support of the College – they are always fully behind the basketball programme and are especially keen to see our elite female student athletes get the same opportunities as the boys.”

“The team will be based upon our Academy players with the addition of professional and university players. Just as we are trying to produce the next generation of International players from within the basketball academy, we are going to try to add GB International players.”

 


Tribute to Referee Mike Howell 

All the referees at the BBL Final yesterday wore referee shirts with Hertfordshire Mick Howell name on as a mark of respect to a fantastic referee and an amazing man who sadly has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

 


HBA ALL Star Basketball Charity Event 2016 

 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association

Presents

The ALL Star Charity Basketball Event 2016

 In aid of

 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Charity

 Saturday 6th August 2016

Queen’s Sports Hall

South Campus

Queen’s School

Aldenham Road

Bushy

Watford

Herts

WD23 2TY

 Basketball teams or individuals are welcome to take part

 Senior Men

Under 18 Men

Women of any age

 FEE £10 each

 Court available from 10:00am

 Tournament starts 10:30am – 3pm

 If you wish to take part and register please contact Fran Edwards

lakers65@hotmail.com

(Please bring with you reversible tops, food and drink)


Congratulations to Vicky Grey 

Hertfordshire lass Vicky Grey played in the WWBL Finals at The O2 today for Nottingham Wildcats, sadly they lost against Team Northumbria,

Final Score 75-68


Herts County U17s Girls v Herts University Men’s Players 

Its getting close to the Inter County Tournament that takes place next weekend at the UEA in Norwich and Coach Michael Fields asked some of the Herts University Team to come along and play against the Herts County U17s Girls Team.

The Uni Boys were SHOCKED at the high level and standard the Girls pay

Well Done Girls


Hertfordshire Basketball Referees attend the Second Officiating Masterclass 

David Griffin & Hoj Fozi attended this years BE Officiating Masterclass in London

The second Masterclass in Officiating referee clinic was another great success and saw officials in attendance from all over the UK.  The day commenced with an introduction from Basketball England’s Chief Executive Officer Stewart Kellett. Stewart spoke about what the future holds for basketball in Britain and how officiating is an integral part of this development. A recent discussion with FIBA and an assessment of our current practices will highlight where our resources are best aligned.

Alan Richardson’s FIBA Europe Referee Consultant delivered a session on motivation and demonstrated that those who succeeded and reached their goal were those that were motivated, passionate and determine to do so. He commented that…

‘FIBA have been working with selected Federations in Europe to host these types of clinics since 2014. Great Britain has the potential to producing European top ranking officials and the Masterclass is an important educational seminar which will help to support this cause.’

He was pleased to see a genuine interest of British officials wanting to further their learning and development as officials.

Steve Bucknall, England’s Under 18 Men’s Head Coach, brought Player, Coach & Referee Relationships to the forefront and encouraged in-depth discussion around the dynamics around these relationships. Steve shared many of his game experiences from his playing days in the NBA right through to being a spectator at U14 Basketball England finals. The discussions brought real clarity to the audience as they got to understand how each other’s behaviours had a positive or negative impact especially in contentious situations.

Tappe Henning Referee Commissioner from the Scottish Rugby Union led a session on the importance of Communication. Through examples in Rugby Union he demonstrated the effects of good and poor communication highlighting the importance of this skill.

‘Correct and effective communication is not an easy skill and something you have to really work at and develop. When you get it right you can really control and diffuse some very difficult situations that sport brings’

Tappe’s second session talked about the importance of Game Management and how this came hand in hand with communication.

Steve Swanson (PHD) from Loughborough University London brought Leadership and Sport and Performance Enhancement straight to the forefront. This really got the audience thinking about what qualities they acquired in order to lead a game of basketball and the people involved in the game. What techniques could be used in order to improve in this area?

Day 2 was opened by Davorin Nakic, Referee Manager from FIBA Europe, who discussed the developments of 3 person mechanics and updated the officials in attendance.

He was followed by Ex-FIFA and Premier League football referee Dermot Gallagher who gave and insight about his past experiences as an official. Dermot explained how goal setting and perseverance helped him in achieving his successes. He explained how regularly analysing the job you do is important to improving your performance.

Dave Parry, Sports Science Lecturer, Director of Human Performance Unit, and Performance Sport Director at University of Essex, used the masterclass as an opportunity to announce the Level 3 Refereeing Academy that will be starting up at the University of Essex in 2017.

The second officiating masterclass was closed by the Chair of the British Basketball Federation, Nick Humby, who gave an oversight of the future and vision of British Basketball moving forward at this very exciting time for basketball and officiating.

Basketball England would like to thank the partners that help enable this Masterclass to take place – British Basketball, Unum and FIBA.


HBA- Basketball England Level 2 Referee Course 

HBA are proud to announce that 18 candidates attended the BE Level 2 Referee Course Unit 1

 


Hertfordshire Referee David Griffin called up to Officiate the BE Finals 

David Griffin BE Level 3 Hertfordshire Basketball Referee traveled to Manchester to referee the National League Senior Mens Development League Basketball Final as well as the National League U18s Mens & National League U16s Girls Finals


Congratulations Oaklands Wolves 

Congratulations to Oaklands Wolves U18s Men’s Team that won Basketball England National Basketball Development League Play off Finals against Chelmsford Lions in Manchester at the weekend, final score 76-68

Men – D-League

Oaklands College Wolves (St Albans) scooped the under-18 D-League crown after they defeated Chelmsford Lions 76-68 in a physical encounter at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.

Evan Walshe led the Wolves with 24 points as they forced 18 turnovers off the Lions, who were paced by Tom Chadwick’s double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.


 

Congratulations to Coach Michael Fields who was awarded University of Hertfordshire Coach of the Year 2016


 

Bucks Hornets Vs. Oakland’s Wolves – U18 Development League Semi-Final

Oaklands Wolves U18 Men are through to the Semi Finals and are playing AWAY against Bucks Hornets on Saturday 16th April 2016.

Tip off Midday

Aylesbury Grammar School (HP21 7RP)

Pop down and cheer the Wols Pack on


Course Dates Confirmed

 

Hertfordshire Basketball Association would like to announce the Eleven Basketball Courses available at a Discount Price to all Hertfordshire Basketball Clubs/ Teams, Coaches and Players


Discount available to all basketball teams that play in the HPL.

Full Price will be available to those from outside Hertfordshire.

There are limited places for every course so don’t miss out and book you place now.

All courses must be paid for in advance by Internet Banking within 4 days of reserving your place.

Please note if payment is not received within 4 days then your place will be reissued for others to apply.

All courses are held at:

University of Hertfordshire – Sports Village
De Havilland Campus,
Hatfield
AL10 9EU

Every Candidate and Tutor attending the courses will be issued with –
• FREE Swimming Pool Day Pass
• FREE Gym Day Pass
• & FREE Cark parking.

There is sit down cafe serving hot and cold food throughout the day.

If you would like to book your place on any of the courses mentioned can you please email me Angela Griffin hertsbasketball@gmail.com and I will send you all the Internet Banking Details along with a Course Confirmation and Invoice when payment has been made.

Yours in Basketball

Angela Griffin – HBA Secretary

*Safeguarding Course – 16 & 17 year olds must be chaperoned by an adult

BE Level 1 Coaching Course – (16 years and above)
Saturday 2nd July & Sunday 3rd July 2016
10am to 6:30pm
Fee £50:00

BE Level 2 Coaching Course – (18 years old and above)
Saturday 16th July & Sunday 17th July & Saturday 20th August & Sunday 21st August 2016
10am to 6:30pm
Fee £100:00

BE Level 1 Referee Course
Saturday 25th June 2016
10am to 4:30pm
Fee £20:00 – Includes FREE Fox 40 Whistle & Lanyard

BE Level 2 Referee Course
Saturday 7th May 2016 – Midday to 6:30pm
Sunday 5th June , Saturday 2nd July & Saturday 30th July 2016 – Midday to 4pm
Fee £ 30:00 per Unit – £120 for all 4 Units
Includes FREE Basketball England String Bag, Whistle & Lanyard, Safeguarding Manual,
Mechanics Manuals, Officials Rule Books & Basketball England Water Bottle

BE Level 1 Table Official Course
Sunday 19th June 2016
10am to Midday
Fee £10:00 – includes FREE Bic 4 Colour Grip Ballpoint Pen & Ruler

BE Level 2 Table Official Course
Saturday 27th August 2016
10am to Midday
Fee £20:00 – includes FREE Bic 4 Colour Grip Ballpoint Pen & Ruler

BE Level 3 Table Official Course
Saturday 27th August 2016
3pm to 7pm
Fee £30:00 – includes FREE Bic 4 Colour Grip Ballpoint Pen & Ruler

First Aid Course
Sunday 22nd May 2016 – 10am to 1pm – Fee £20:00
Sunday 26th June 2016 – 10am to 1pm – Fee £20:00

Safeguarding Course – (16 years old and above) *
Wednesday 25th May 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:30pm – Fee £25:00


 

Herts County U17 Boys Training Changes and Friendly Vs. Hemel Storm 

Herts county U17s Boys County Training Sessions times have slightly changed, so please take note –

Sunday 17th April 12.00-14.00 (start 15 mins early)
Sunday 24th April 12.15-14.45 (half an hour extra)
Sunday 1st May 12.00-14.00 (start 15 mins early)

Also, on Sunday 1st May 2016 Herts County U17s Boys will be playing in a Friendly Game against Hemel Storm to get them ready to play at the Inter County Tournament in Norfolk.

So please make a note of the 1/5/16 and go along and support the guys and make loads of noise!


 

County Trial and Training Dates – 16/17th April 2016

Saturday 16th April 2016
Herts County U11s Boys Training Session
10am to Midday
Herts Sports Village

Saturday 16th April 2016
Herts County U11s Girls Basketball Trail
1am to 3pm
Heerts Sports Village

Sunday 17th April 2016
Herts County U13s Boys Training Session
Midday to 2pm
The Priory Sports Centre, Hitchin

Sunday 17th April 2016
Herts County U17s Boys training Session
12:15pm to 2:15pm
Shephall, Stevenage

Sunday 17th April 2016
Herts County U15s Boys Trail
3pm to 6pm
Herts Sports Village, Hatfield


 

Herts Teams Playoff Update – 9/10th April 2016

Oaklands Wolves U18s Boys v Bristol Academy II
WIN – 83-55

Oaklands Wolves U16s Boys v Bristol Academy
LOST – 48-78

East Herts Royals U14s Boys v Haringey Hawks
LOST – 61-69

West Herts Warriors U14s Girls v Tameside Royals
LOST – 68-60


 

Herts U17 Boys County Squad Selections

Herts County U17s Boys Team has been selected. Head Coach Luke Renshaw & Assistant Coach Andy Renshaw have selected the 12 players who will represent Herts in the East Inter County Tournament in Norwich in May. The number of players who attended the U17s Trial this year has been amazing.


 

Herts Junior Teams Playoff Update

Oaklands Wolves U16 Boys stepped out on court today in the first round of the Play offs and won against Newcastle Eagles 65-53.Oaklands Wolves U16 Boys stepped out on court today in the first round of the Play offs and won against Newcastle Eagles 65-53.

Next weekend the Wolf Pack travel to Bristol to take on Bristol Flyers

 

East Herts Royals U14s Boy’s Play Off game was delayed by an hour today due to Tees Valley Mohawks stuck in traffic traveling to the game. EHRs went on to win the game 86 v 46.

Next Saturday EHRs U14 Boys play at home in the Quarter Finals against Haringey Hawks at Marriotts Sports Centre Tip off 5:30pm


 

County Training Date Changes

The County U13s & U17s Boys Training Sessions have had to be changed due the BE Play Off Dates.

County U13s Boys NEW Training Sessions dates are as follows:
Venue: The Priory Sports Centre, Hitchin
Sunday 3rd April 2016 – midday to 2pm
Sunday 10th April 2016 – midday to 2pm
Sunday 17th April 2016 – midday to 2pm
Sunday 24th April 2016 – midday to 2pm

County U17s Boys NEW Training Sessions dates are as follows:
Venue: Shephall Sports Centre, Stevenage
Sunday 3rd April 2016 – 12:15pm to 2:15pm
Sunday 17th April 2016 – 12:15pm to 2:15pm
Sunday 24th April 2016 – 12:15pm to 2:15pm
Sunday 1st May 2016 – 12:15pm to 2:15pm

County U15s Boys Training Sessions stay as they are.


 

Herts Referees Return From Scania Cup 2016 in Sweden

David Griffin, Hojjat Fozi and James Dominique were three of the nine selected referees to attend the Scania Referee Camp in Sweden 2016. The camp ran from the 24th-28th March where referees from Europe, Africa and Asia refereed 4 days of high-level, competitive basketball from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.


 

Place Your Order for the HBA Table Official Fleece

It was agreed at the last HBA Committee Meeting that HBA Regular Table Officials would be issued with a free HBA Fleece to be warn at all
HBA Events.

Basketball Clubs/Teams will be issued with 2 free fleeces, if any more are required that will have to be paid for either by the club or the person needing one.

Table Officials Fleeces
The fleeces are top of the range and made by 2786
The fleece is available in men’s & ladies styles and sizes.
The colour of the fleece will either be charcoal grey or black
HBA green logo on the left breast
BE logo either on the right breast or the left sleeve (to be decided)
KLM logo on the back below the neck.

Place your orders now!


 

Help and Support Needed

Here in Hertfordshire Basketball is one BIG Family and we need your help for one of our very own.

Most of you will know and have played against, coached by either Jo or Matt Eames, I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with both over the years and they are a lovely couple and have two wonderful children William & Phoebe.

William has recently been diagnosed with Duchenna Muscular Dystrophy and this is where the rest of the family come in, Jo & Matt need your help and raise as much money to help to find a cure for this condition.

Please donated as much or as little you can every penny helps

Thank you

https://www.justgiving.com/adams-lunchtime-thames-swim-action-duchenne?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=shares-from-eua&utm_content=adams-lunchtime-thames-swim-action-duchenne&utm_campaign=eua-share-facebook


Herts County U17s Boys Trial

Herts County U17s Boys Trial went really well today. 34 young men turned up, and the standard of each individual player was outstanding, and that’s down to the Basketball Clubs/Teams we have in Hertfordshire.


 

HBA Courses Update

The next HBA Committee Meeting is taking place next week and shortly after there will an announcement of Course Dates that are taking place.

If you have Junior players aged 18 and below i strongly recommend that your coaches are fully qualified and that they attend the Safeguarding Course as well as the First Aid Course.

As a County we need to improve on qualified Level 2 Referees, Table Officials.

By the start of Basketball Season 2016-17 every basketball club in Herts will have to inform HBA of all their Coaching Staff and Team Managers so that we can build a Database and submit their details to BE to check that they have a valid coaching qualification, BE registered and licenced, they have attended a Safeguarding Course and the certificate is still valid, a valid DBS check. The Governing Body is also going to bring in a regulation that coaching staff have to have a valid First Aid Certificate.

Lets do everything possible to keep our juniors safe

If you would like more information please dont hesitate to contact me hertsbasketball@gmail.com

BE Level 1 Coaching Course
BE Level 2 Coaching Course
BE Level 1 Referee Course
BE Level 2 Referee Course
BE Level 1 Table Official Course
BE Level 2 Table Official Course
BE Level 3 Table Official Course
First Aid Course
Safeguarding Course


 

 Congratulations to East Herts Royals Who Have Won The Midlands South U14s Boys League 


 

64 Turnout for U11 County Trials

There was an amazing turnout for the U11 Boy’s Trials. 64 players came along and those who aren’t currently with a club have been put in contact with their nearest club with a couple of free taster sessions.


 

Young Referees Stepping Out On To Circuit

It is so good to see up and coming young Referees here in Herts, Naomi Turner steps out on the circuit.


 

Updated County Trial Dates

Inter County U11s Girls Team – (School Year 6 or younger)
Head Coach: Naomi Turner
Venue: Herts Sports Village, Hatfield

Trial Date: 16/4/16 – Time: 1pm – 3pm
Training Session: 23/4/16 – Time: 1pm – 3pm
Training Session: 24/4/16 – Time: 1pm – 3pm
Training Session: 28/4/16 – Time 5pm – 7pm

Tournament Date: 1st May 2016 – Time: 9:30am – 1pm – Oaklands, St Albans  

 

Inter County U11s Boy’s Team – (School Year 6 or younger)
Head Coach: Kieran Matthews
Venue: Herts Sports Village, Hatfield

Trial Date: 12th March 2016 – Time 3pm – 5pm
Training Session: 27/3/16 – Time 10am – Midday
Training Session: 16/4/16 – Time 10am – Midday
Training Session: 24/4/16 – Time 9am – 11am

Tournament Date: 1st May 2016 – Time: 2pm – 5pm – Oaklands, St Albans 

 

Inter County U13s Girls Team – (2004/2003 Born)
Head Coach: Pablo Sanchez 

Trial Date: 19th April 2016 – Time 6pm – 8pm – Venue Wodson Park, Ware
Training Session: 21/4/16 – Time 6pm – 8pm – Venue St Mary’s CE High School, Cheshunt
Training Session: 26/4/16 – Time 6pm – 8pm – Venue St Mary’s CE High School, Cheshunt
Training Session: 28/4/4/16 – Time 6pm – 8pm – Venue St Mary’s CE High School, Cheshunt

 Tournament Date: 30th April 2016 – Time: 9am – 2pm – Oaklands, St Albans

 

Inter County U13s Boys Team – (2004/2003 Born)
Head Coach: Dan Sanders
Venue: The Priory School SC, Hitchin

Trial Date: 27th February 2016 – Time: Midday – 3pm
Meet & Greet Training Session: 26/3/16 – Time: Midday – 2pm
Training Session: 2/4/16 – Time: Midday – 2pm
Training Session: 9/4/16 – Time: Midday – 2pm
Training Session: 16/4/16 – Time: Midday – 2pm
Training Session: 23/4/16 – Time: Midday – 2pm

Tournament Date: 30th April 2016 – Time: 2:30pm – 7pm – Oaklands, St Albans 

 

Inter County U15s Girls Team – (2002/2001 Born)
Head Coach: Pride Nyathi 
Venue: Herts Sports Village, Hatfield

Trial Date: 12th March 2016 – Time: 11am – 1pm
Training Session: 24/4/16 – Time: 3pm – 5pm
Training Session: 8/5/16 – Time: 2pm – 4pm
Training Session: 14/5/16 – Time: 2pm – 4pm

Tournament Date: 15th May 2016 – Time: 11am – 4pm – UEA, Norwich  

 

Inter County U15s Boys Team – (2002/2001Born)
Head Coach: Emma Moatt
Venue: Marriott’s SC, Stevenage & Herts Sports Village, Hatfield

Trial Date: 17/4/16 – Time: 3pm – 6pm –HSV
Training Session: 23/4/16 – Time: Midday – 3pm – Marriott’s
Training Session: 7/5/16 – Time 2pm to 4pm – HSV
Training Session: 14/5/16 – Time: 10am – 1pm – Marriott’s

Tournament Date: 15th May 2016 – Time: 11am – 4pm – UEA, Norwich 

 

Inter County U17s Girls Team – (2000/1999 Born)
Head Coach: Michael Fields 
Venue: Herts Sports Village, Hatfield

Trial Date: 23//4/16 – Time: 11am – 1pm
Training Session: 24/4/16 – Time: 11am – 1pm
Training Session: 7/5/16 – Time: 11am – 1pm
Training Session: 8/5/16 – Time: 11am – 1pm

Tournament Date: 14th May 2016 – Time: 11am – 4pm – UEA, Norwich

 

Inter County U17s Boys Team – (2000/1999 Born)
Head Coach: Luke Renshaw
Venue: Shephall LC Stevenage

Trial Date: 19/3/16 – Time: 1pm – 4pm
Training Session: 2/4/16 – Time: 2pm – 4pm
Training Session: 16/4/16 – Time: 2pm – 4pm
Training Session: 23/4/16 – Time: 2pm – 4pm
Training Session: 30/4/16 – Time: 2pm – 4pm

Tournament Date: 14th May 2016 – Time: 11am – 4pm – UEA, Norwich  


Great Turnout in First County Trial (U13 Boys)

37 boys turned up for the U13 Boys trial. 13 of the boys who weren’t connected to a club have been given details to their nearest club with the aim of joining and training on a consistent basis. Congratulations to all those selected, and those who were unsuccessful this year, continue to work hard and improve to represent your county in future years.


Hertfordshire Referee Firooz Dehdarvand Successfully Passes Basketball Wales Level 4 Award

Congratulations to Hertfordshire BE Referee Firooz Dehdarvand who has just qualified as a Basketball Wales Level 4 Referee… Next stop FIBA


Junior Players Take The Step Up To Officiating

Its good to see Junior National League players going one step further and qualifying as BE Referees. Luke O’Mahony BE Level 2 Referee and his sister Ellie O’Mahony BE Level 1 Referee


Evan Walshe Update

Evan Walshe is one of the top players here in Herts and the UK, as well as BE Level 2 Referee. Evan is the captain for Oaklands Wolves U18s Men’s Team; captain of Oaklands Elite Men’s Team, plays for Essex Leopards Senior Men’s Div 1 Team and England.

Hard working, determined, competitive, never gives up, gives 100% and more, professional in everything he does and a fantastic role model to younger basketball players.


Kyla Nelson Called Up for International Duty

Kyla Nelson who is a student here is Herts and attends Oakland Basketball Academy and also plays for WBBL Brixton Topcats and has been called up to play for GB Women, read her story here: http://www.gbbaskertball.com/news/3869.php


 

Talented Herts Players Practice alongside GB Senior Ladies


Course Update Information

Herts Basketball Association are in the process or organising a number of Courses that will be available to Hertfordshire Basketball Clubs/Teams

BE Level 1 Coaching Course
BE Level 2 Coaching Course

BE Level 1 Referee Course
BE Level 2 Referee Course

BE Level 1 Table Official Course
BE Level 2 Table Official Course
BE Level 3 Table Official Course

First Aid Course’s

Safeguarding Course’s

** Please note that ALL Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Team Managers must have a valid Safeguarding Course Certificate, plus a DBS check and First Aid Certificate that will be part of the Governing Body regulations**

For more information please fill in the ‘Contact Us’ form and ask for more information.


 

HBA Nash Plate and Nash Cup Finals 2016 

Sunday 14th February saw the slightly later than usual Nash Cup and Plate competitions reach their conclusion at Oaklands.  In the Plate competition a very close fought contest saw North Herts Knights just managed to triumph over Aylesbury Dux by 6 points 61-55. In the main Cup contest East Herts Royals triumphed over North Herts Knights by 12 points 67-55. It was nice to see Sara and Ian Nash present to watch the games and present the winners their trophies.

On behalf of the Herts Basketball Association I would like to thank all the officials for a thoroughly professional performance and the hosts of the venue for setting everything up for the games. Lastly it was good to see the four teams bring along a number of supporters to cheer them on and make the day a success

Dave Pollard
Chairman Herts Basketball

North Herts Knights II

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East Herts Royals I


 Good Luck and Farewell to Level 4 Referee Andrew Carey

HBA would like to wish Referee Andrew Carey (far right) all the very best in his next adventure relocating to Singapore with the Royal Navy.


Three Hertfordshire Referees Appointed International Tournament

Congratulations to the following 3 Hertfordshire Referees: David Griffin, Firooz Tiam and Hoj Fozi who have been selected by Basketball England to referee at this years Scania Cup 2016 Tournament in Sweden.


 

Herts Basketball Association Facebook

Herts Basketball Association now have a Facebook group. Follow the link for all the up to date news and events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/www.hertsbasketball.co.uk/


 

HPL Nash Plate and Nash Cup Finals Confirmed

All the teams through the county have been playing extremely competitive basketball throughout the season to get a chance to compete in their respective finals. the schedule for the day is as follows:

Nash Plate Final
Tip-off: 12:45pm
Aylesbury Dux vs North Herts Knights II
Referees: Hoj Fozi, Ronnie Oren
Table Officials: Steve Cutts, Fran Edwards

Sara and Ian Nash Presentation

Nash Cup Final
Tip-off: 2:45pm
East Herts Royals I vs. North Herts Knights I
Referees: Hoj Fozi, David Griffin, Henry Salvatierra
Table Officials: Kim Goddard, Julie Fryer

Sara and Ian Nash Presentation

The Finals will be held at:
Oaklands Sports Zone (Smallford Campus)
Hatfield Road
St. Albans
Herts
AL4 0JA

It’s going to be an exciting day of basketball so be sure to bring all your friends and family to show your support and create a brilliant atmosphere.

 


East Region Trial Dates

Dear Coach/Club/Official
It is that time of the year again where we are looking for people who wish and are willing to coach one of the Herts teams in the Eastern Region County Games in 2016. This is a rewarding commitment that opens up a pathway for the talent within Hertfordshire to play at a higher level if they are then selected for the Eastern Regional squads. The full dates/details of the tournaments are listed below, but in short the U11 and U13’s are played in Hertfordshire at Oaklands and the U15 and U17’S are played in Norwich. All prospective coaches need to have a current Basketball England licence as well as being DBS checked and ideally have attended a Safeguarding Course. We are looking for a coach for each category for boys and girls (so 8 in total). 

Due to the aftermath of the incident revolving around Oaklands and some of the clubs in Hertfordshire, the format where central trials were all held at Oaklands in the February half term for all potential players to be considered, a different approach is now needed. Appointed coaches will therefore need to arrange a trial themselves (probably at their own home court with the club they are associated with Herts Basketball will help with advertising dates for these once selected and can be approached for financial support for the initial trial date/venue booking (subsequent training dates with the selected squads should be self funded from the players involved).

The full details of dates/venues are as follows:-

The Inter-County Tournament Dates are as follows: 
U13 Girls – Saturday 30th April 2016 – 9:30am to 14:00pm – Venue Oaklands College 

U13 Boys – Saturday 30th April 2016 – 14:30pm to 19:00pm – Venue Oaklands College U11 Girls – Sunday 1st May 2016 – 9:30am to 13:00pm – Venue Oaklands College  

 
U11 Boys – Sunday 1st May 2016 – 14:00pm to 17:00pm – Venue Oaklands College  
U17’s Girls & Boys – Saturday 14th May 2016 – 11:00am to 16:00pm 
Venue Sports Park, University of East Anglia, Norwich U15’s Girls & Boys –  Sunday 15th May 2016 – 11:00am to 16:00pm  
Venue Sports Park, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Please express your interest by emailing the Herts Secretary (Angela Griffin) with the category (age/gender) that you would be interested in coaching by the 10th January at 

ANGELA GRIFFIN <hertsbasketball@gmail.com>, 

We can then look at all interested parties and apportion in the best way possible.


 

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Regional Development Programme
Coach Vacancies 2016

Applications are invited for the roles of Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Team Manager for Regional Teams (U13, U15 and U17: Boys and Girls) in each of the ten Basketball England regions.
 
The positions are voluntary and are for a one-year period through to the conclusion of the respective Regional Development Tournaments in 2016.
 
Each appointed Head Coach will be required to attend the education workshops planned for the weekend 28/29th May 2016 and become part of the selection process for their Team Manager, Assistant Coach and Support Personnel positions.
 
Please note 2015 RDP Head Coaches should confirm your interest to continue in post for the 2016 Tournaments with your respective PCC.
 
Head Coach Job Description
Head Coach EoI Form
 
Assistant Coach Job Description
Assistant Coach EoI Form
 
Team Manager Job Description
Team Manager EoI Form
 
 
Applicants should forward the completed EoI form together with a covering letter and brief CV preferably by Email to: brian.aldred@basketballengland.co.uk or by post to: Coaching, Basketball England, English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield. S9 5DA by 30thNovember 2015.

The selection process will be conducted regionally.

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Amendments to the Official Basketball Rules (Highlighted in Yellow) – Valid as of 1 November 2015

BE Level 2 Referee Qualification – EAST Update – 3/11/15

  • Based on Tutor/RMC feedback the programme has been amended. They have reduced the number of units from 8 to 4, so essentially RPC’s 2-5 is L2 course number 1 and 6-8 is L2 course number 2. Unit 4 for the second course is TBC.
  • 36 people have signed up to attend a course to date which puts us in a comfortable position to achieve the target of 55.
  • London (11) will commence on the 8thNovember with the South West (16) commence later in the month.

Other numbers are as follows:

  • East (0)
  • South (0)
  • South East (3)
  • North West (2)
  • North East (2) potentially 10+ more
  • East Midlands (2)
  • West Midlands (0) RPC programme TBC
  • Yorkshire (0) 4 in the Sheffield area

You will see that nobody has signed up to the course in the East however BE have been liaising with Andrew Milbourne (RMC) regarding potential candidates who are Norfolk based. It would seem that the travelling distances/requirements for potential candidates could be a possible deterrent.

BE will look to promoting the course with a difference strategy to try to alleviate travelling distances which in turn should increase the number of interested people.


The New Look Level 2 Referee Award

‘Basketball England are pleased to launch the new look Referee Level 2 Qualification and you can sign up today! All you need to do is complete 4 units spread throughout the season (with additional units scheduled in should you miss a session) at one of the Baskeball England Regional Performance Centres. Then it’s over to you to complete your practial games and you’re done! The table below gives you all the information you need about the units, costs, times and locations. So what are you waiting for? Earn some money, develop your skills, make new friends and work your way up the Officiating Pathway.

Download an Application Form by clicking HERE. You can fill the form out for yourself, or get other members of your club to come along and join you

You can grab a discount on your first 2 units if you book now, so don’t delay! All units are at the venues specified below except for the final unit 4 “Mechanics 2 & Philosophy” which will be at a venue to be confirmed. Each unit will be delivered in conjunction with the Regional Performance Centre Set up in your area, creating an excellent learning environment for players and officials alike.’


Important Rules Changes From Basketball England For Officials

“EABL, ABL, and WEABL institutes who also enter the National School Competitions must provide a list of players that are play in each separate team. Players are not eligible to compete in the National School Competitions if they are registered as EABL, ABL, or WEABL players. This will be governed by BE centrally but if you spot any instances of players participating across multiple teams, please let us know.

The use of a zone defence is not permitted in any of the Basketball England National Schools Competitions with the exception of the Premier competitions only. Man to man is the only permitted defence.

The U13 and U14 competitions will adopt a “Fair Play” ruling where each nominated player must play all of one of the first 2 quarters. If a team has 8 players this ruling will still apply to the three players not used in the first quarter along with 2 nominated players who will be permitted to play in the second quarter. Please work with your table officials to try and police this.”


HBA Pre-Season Tournament 2015

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On Sunday 20th September 2015, seven teams took part in the tournament which was held at Oaklands Sports Zone in St. Albans.

The teams that took part were:

  • Hatfield Magic
  • Harlow Hawks
  • Hitchin Kings
  • Michaelians
  • North Herts Knights 1 & 2
  • Oaklands Wolves

A big congratulations to Oaklands Wolves for winning the tournament, and Hatfield Magic for coming in second place. Overall, the event was a success which ran smoothly and prepared all teams and referees for the upcoming season.


Simon Tierney Memorial Game 2015

Simon Memorial Game Silence

The final score was Knights Legends (RED) 56 Current players 54 (BLUE).

A select team of Current Knights players faced off against a Legends team (including two of Simon’s former police colleagues) for the first Simon Tierney Memorial cup. It was a tense matchup with the Current players taking an early lead, the first quarter was closed off with brothers Adam and Drew Sullivan facing off against each other for the first time both scoring three pointers.  The legends came back firing in the second quarter with Ali Miller scoring 7 of his 15 points to give the Legends a 4 point lead at the half. The third quarter was a close affair with the Current players coming back into the game finishing the quarter just 3 points behind. The fourth quarter was dominated by Paul Jessop of the Current players and Jerome Thompson of the Legends, Jessop hitting his jump shots to bring the scores level  with just 14 seconds on the clock. The Legends patiently worked the ball around the court looking for an opening, which they found with MVP Ali Miller scoring with just 0.6 seconds on the clock. The current players took a timeout but couldn’t get a shot off in time. The Legends took the trophy winning 56 to 54.

The day was a wonderful tribute to a great man, he would have been so proud that everyone came together in his honour and raised £425 for the charities he supported.

 


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On Sunday 20th September 2015, East U12’s Basketball League was launched. It consists of 6 teams, and the tournament is committed to developing U12 basketball in the East Region. The link below takes you to the tournament’s Facebook page where you can gain more information and details about the tournament. Please contact the main organiser (Billy) via the Facebook page.

The teams are:

  • Cambridge Cats
  • County Upper Wolves
  • East Herts Royals
  • Ipswich Basketball
  • Oaklands Wolves
  • West Herts Warriors

https://www.facebook.com/EastU12League/timeline?ref=page_internal


Herts Basketball Association are pleased to support Andy Milbourne and his family in a sponsored bike ride. Phillip and Richard cycled over 2,000 miles, and visited 94 football grounds in order to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, British Liver Trust and the NHS Donor Register. Herts Basketball Association donated £100 to their cause.