Fixtures Live - Please can i ask that you send the score into the fixtures manager if you do not use the fixtures live service, this helps to keep the leagues up to date. Fixtures live messaging is set up for both teams to send in the result and is a service that the league pays for. So please endeavour to use it.
Happy New Year - As we get back into full flow please can all team secretaries clear up the remaining fixtures that have been postponed and yet to be rescheduled there are a few!
Handbook - Ver 7 Jan 2020 has been released (link) please ensure that you keep your teams secretaries information up to date and make it easy for teams to contact you regarding fixtures.
Cup Finals Reports Update - For the latest cup update and pictures from the day click here
MID SEASON UPDATE
As we approach mid-season in Wessex Basketball, a quick update of things you need to take note of…..
Teams: As we have pointed out on numerous occasions, you must have at least one qualified table official for all you home games, and unless that table official requires a sign off for timekeeping, they must be the scorer. We have already overturned one result this season because issues with the scoresheet (and another is currently being considered).
Referees: If a player/coach does not have a licence number inscribed on the scoresheet they are not permitted to participate in the game until a licence number is produced. This includes participating in the warm up, sitting on the team bench. Allowing an unlicensed person to participate has serious implications, including invalidating your insurance. If you allow this to happen then action will be taken. This has already happened this season and action was taken against the referees involved.
Referees (specifically Crew Chief): You must check the scoresheet before you sign it as it is the official record of the game, and if you sign for an incorrect score it cannot be corrected.
Teams & Referees: If you wish to raise an issue regarding a game, please send it to the correct contact person.
For Open Division games this should be to OpenResults at Wessexbasketball.co.uk
For Ladies games this should be to LadiesResults at Wessexbasketball.co.uk
For Cup/Plate games this should be to Cup at Wessexbasketball.co.uk
If you wish to raise a concern about referees, please send to TechSec at Wessexbasketball.co.uk
(replace the at with the @ sign)
Teams: If you need to re-arrange a fixture, please in the first instance contact the Fixtures Manager, with the reason for the re-arrangement. Please note, as all the fixtures were sent out to teams prior to official publication, there should be no need to re-arrange fixtures. However, things happen, leaking roof, broken ring etc. Not having your strongest team available is not a valid reason for re-arranging a fixture.
Fixture re-arrangement requests should be sent to Fixtures at Wessexbasketball.co.uk
Referees: Disciplinary reports should be sent to the appropriate competition manager, and cc’d to the League Chairman LeagueChair at Wessexbasketball.co.uk
If you cannot fulfil a fixture you have been appointed to, please inform the Officials Manager. If you have to pull out of a fixture at less than 24hrs notice, please try to find an alternative yourself, but keep the Officials Manager informed (as they may also be able to find a replacement). In other circumstances, please do not arrange your own replacement, as the first to reply may not always be the most appropriate replacement for that particular game.
If you are sending in a report about a game, whether it be a general concern, or a disciplinary issue, please send it to the correct person as detailed above. Do not send it to Tim Brown as the Area Chair. This is for several reasons, 1) it fills up his inbox, 2)it delays the report getting to the right person and 3)it could compromise any appeals as Tim chairs any appeals that are raised against initial decisions.
Finally, for EVERYONE (players, coaches, referees, table officials, administrators, team followers)
The Wessex Area Basketball Association is the governing body for basketball in this area. However, we are still bound by the rules and regulations of the National Governing Body, Basketball England.
We have received reports of inappropriate behaviour, including racial abuse. Whilst we are unable on this occasion to take any action due to a lack of evidence, please be aware that anyone who participates in Wessex Basketball does so under the ultimate jurisdiction of Basketball England, and therefore everyone is bound by Basketball England’s Code of Ethics and Conduct, which can be accessed at https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/about/policies-procedures/code-of-ethics-conduct/
Wessex Basketball Association hope you all have a good break, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
RICHARD BELL LADIES PLATE COMPETITION
The teams for the Richard Bell Plate have now been confirmed 6 teams will contest the competition with Farnborough Phantoms Academy and Camberley Goldhawks getting a bye into the semi Finals. Two matches will take Place the first sees Aztec Suns take on Farnborough Phantoms and then Woking Blackhawk Ladies against Swindon Shock. Fixtures live has been updated.
WESSEX BASKETBALL LADIES REGIONAL BASKETBALL COMPETITION
The first stage of this competition will be conducted in two geographical leagues, East and North and will consist of the following teams:
Teams will play each other once and teams from the same local league do not need to play their fixture unless they want to as the result from their first league fixture will count as the result. Each round of games have been given a deadline to be played by with the exception of the Army Warriors due to the spread of their players. The competition will be played up to Christmas with a view to continuing it if it proves sucessful.
- East - Tandridge Stealers, Sutton Storm, London Acers, Aztec Storm and Woking Blackhawks.
- North - Abingdon Jets, Witney Ladies, Aldworth Arrows and Army Warriors.
Rules all players must be Basketball England registered and play regularly for their club. the home team is requested to arrange referees for the fixture, the cost of officials shall be shared equally between teams.
To be played by 31 October
WRN1 Army v Jet
WRN2 Witney v Arrows
WRE1 Aztecs v Tandridge
WRE2 Sutton v London Acers
To be played by 30 November
WRN3 Witney v Army
WRN4 Jet v Arrows
WRE3 Woking v Sutton
WRE4 Tandridge v London Acers
To be played by 31 December
WRN5 Army v Arrows
WRN6 Jet v Witney
WRE5 London Acers v Woking
WRE6 Sutton v Aztecs
WRE7 Woking v Tandridge
To be played by 31 January
WRE8 Tandridge v Sutton
WRE9 London Acers v Aztecs
WRE10 Aztecs v Woking
Home team secretaries must send the result of the game and a photograph of the scoresheet to the Ladies Wessex Divisions Manager email address can be found on our contacts page. The organiser of this tournament is Pete Dimond.