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.
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
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
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)
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
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
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 <email@example.com>,
We can then look at all interested parties and apportion in the best way possible.
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@
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 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
- 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
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.