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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. 


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


Hertfordshire County Junior Basketball 2016 

EAST Region Inter County Basketball Tournament Results 2016

ICT U11s Girls:
Winners: Essex
Third: Norfolk
Fourth: Suffolk
Fifth: Essex II
Sixth: Suffolk II

ICT U11s Boys:
Winners: Essex
Runners-up: Essex II
Fourth: Suffolk
Fifth: Norfolk

ICT U13s Girls:
Runners-up: Essex II
Joint Third: HERTFORDSHIRE & Essex
Fifth: Norfolk
Sixth: Suffolk II
Seventh: Norfolk II

ICT U13s Boys:
Winners: Essex
Losing Semi-Finalists: Suffolk & Cambridgeshire
Other positions: Not determined due to truncated schedule

ICT U15s Girls:
1st: Essex
2nd: Suffolk
4th: HERTFORDSHIRE Development
5th Norfolk

ICT U15s Boys:
1st: Essex
2nd: Suffolk
4th: Cambridgeshire
5th: Norfolk
6th: Bedfordshire

ICT U17s Girls:
1st: Essex
2nd: Suffolk
4th: Norfolk

ICT U17s Boys:
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 

Saturday 6th August 2016

Queens School

Bushey, Watford


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,
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


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


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

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.



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


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.



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


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.