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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. 

Upcoming Events

2016-12-18 00:00:28December 18, 2016 Regional Performance Centre - RPC 3 00:00:2812:00 am
2016-12-18 09:00:51December 18, 2016 BE Level 2 Referee Course - Unit 2 09:00:519:00 am
2017-01-08 00:00:11January 8, 2017 Regional Performance Centre - RPC 4 00:00:1112:00 am
2017-01-22 09:00:56January 22, 2017 BE Level 2 Referee Course - Unit 3 09:00:569:00 am
2017-01-29 01:45:23January 29, 2017 Nash Plate Final 2017 01:45:231:45 am
2017-01-29 15:45:16January 29, 2017 Nash Cup Final 2017 15:45:163:45 pm
2017-02-11 09:00:59February 11, 2017 BE Level 2 Referee Course - Unit 4 09:00:599:00 am
2017-02-12 00:00:16February 12, 2017 Regional Performance Centre - RPC 5 00:00:1612:00 am
2017-02-25 10:00:36February 25, 2017 Herts County U11s & U13s Girls/Boys Junior Basketball Trials 2017 10:00:3610:00 am
2017-02-26 10:00:34February 26, 2017 Herts County U15s & U17s Girls/Boys Junior Basketball Trials 2017 10:00:3410:00 am
2017-03-12 00:00:47March 12, 2017 Regional Performance Centre - RPC 6 00:00:4712:00 am
2017-04-09 00:00:04April 9, 2017 Regional Performance Centre - RPC 7 00:00:0412:00 am
2017-04-29 09:00:37April 29, 2017 Inter County U11s Juniors Tournament 2017 09:00:379:00 am
2017-04-30 14:00:08April 30, 2017 HPL Playoff Finals 2017 - Division 1 14:00:082:00 pm
2017-04-30 16:15:17April 30, 2017 HPL Playoff Final 2017 - Division 2 16:15:174:15 pm
2017-05-06 09:00:59May 6, 2017 Inter County U13s Juniors Tournament 2017 09:00:599:00 am
2017-05-20 09:00:46May 20, 2017 Inter County U15s Juniors Tournament 2017 09:00:469:00 am
2017-05-21 00:00:14May 21, 2017 Regional Performance Centre - RPC 8 00:00:1412:00 am
2017-05-21 09:00:44May 21, 2017 Inter County U17s Juniors Tournament 2017 09:00:449:00 am
2017-06-24 09:00:56June 24, 2017 Basketball England Level 3 Referee Course - Unit 1 09:00:569:00 am
2017-06-25 09:00:49June 25, 2017 Basketball England Level 3 Referee Course - Unit 2 09:00:499:00 am
2017-07-01 09:00:51July 1, 2017 Basketball England Level 3 Referee Course - Unit 3 09:00:519:00 am
2017-07-02 09:00:56July 2, 2017 Basketball England Level 3 Referee Course - Unit 4 09:00:569:00 am
2017-09-24 09:00:19September 24, 2017 HBA Pre Season Tournament 2017 09:00:199:00 am
2017-09-24 09:00:49September 24, 2017 HBA Pre Season Tournament 2017 09:00:499:00 am


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


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



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 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







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
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
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


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:
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
                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:
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
                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


 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


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
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



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.


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

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’


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
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.



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;


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
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



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.
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 …..


****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



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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
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


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


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 


Hertfordshire Basketball Association


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




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


(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,
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.