Floor & Table Officials – a reminder of the Regulations

Detailed below are the SLBA Competition Regulations with regards to Floor and Table Officials.

14.  Officials
14.1  All Games must be played with two qualified and National Governing Body registered Floor Officials.
14.2  All Games must be played with two Basketball Scotland qualified Table Officials. If no registration numbers are entered on the scoresheet for the table officials then a fine of £10 will be levied.
14.3  The following match fees shall apply: –

Type Senior Men Senior Women Junior Cadet Under-14
Floor Official £20 £20 £16 £16 £14
Table Official £6 £6 £6 £6 £6

(**Recommended minimum)

14.4  In addition to the above fees, travelling expenses between officials’ homes and venue, and return, will be calculated as follows:

  • 30p per mile travelling by car (subject to change).
  • Second class return rail fare plus public transport to and from station.
  • Bridge toll as appropriate.

14.5  All Officials’ fees and expenses shall be paid by the Home Club at the Pre-game meeting.

14.6  Where an official is away from home for more than 5 hours and no suitable refreshments are provided, he/she is entitled to a subsistence allowance of £5 to be paid by the Home Club.

Help The Game – Referee Recruitment and Engagement

An open letter to all Clubs from Kevin Pringle, CEO, basketballscotland:

As I am sure you are aware, there are a number of challenges arising as we return to basketball following the COVID-enforced break of almost 18-months.  We are really grateful for the proactiveness of clubs in addressing these issues and working to find creative solutions.  We remain available to support clubs – where that support it is required, please reach out to us.

However, I’m writing on this occasion to ask you, if you can, to help us – or more accurately, to help the game.  We need help and support to address one of the biggest challenges we face right now – the lack of referees.

The number of officials had been an issue for some time, but one we were making progress in resolving prior to the pandemic.  Unfortunately, more than a dozen referees have stepped away from officiating for a variety of valid reasons and, with no games happening during the pandemic, there have not been the same opportunities available to develop officials to fill some of these gaps.

While we expected a reduction in officiating numbers, the challenge is deeper than we anticipated and there are a number of factors we didn’t foresee that are having an impact.  We have a number of officials who are going above and beyond to help us get games played and members of the community are playing their part too, but we know this is not sustainable in the long term.

The shortage of referee’s is already having an impact on both local and national competitions and it is a high priority for us to address this quickly.

This is a problem across all levels of the game and we believe the best way to solve this is working together.  Over the coming week we will launch a “Help the Game” campaign, encouraging the wider community to consider officiating in order to help the game.  We are asking clubs for your support in identifying people who are willing to support the game by picking up a whistle.

For our part, we are committed to making it as easy as possible, removing barriers for anyone who is willing to help the game and supporting them in a way that works for them.  We have moved additional staff time into this area so we can move quickly and take a an individualised, personal approach to supporting willing individuals into or to return to refereeing.  We are also prepared to provide the required training and equipment and to do this in a flexible way that works for the individual.

We are committed to linking them to games in an environment where they can learn and supporting referee’s through their early experience (if needed).  We are committed to working with the local leagues to support referees find the right level of game based on their ability and experience and to work to ensure games can go ahead.

We are looking for people who want to help the game – that could be someone who has qualified or refereed previously that is willing to cover a game locally every two weeks, someone who currently plays who would like to give it a shot and help out on games hosted by the club, or a student who wants to make some extra cash in a flexible way by picking up a few games each week. Anyone who is willing to support will be an asset.

At this time, we are not looking for the next international referee (although we are always happy to support people with those ambitions) – we are looking for people who can give their time to make sure games can go ahead.

If you have people within your club who are willing to help, we’d love to know about them – if you are able to let us know who they are, we’ll make contact to discuss it directly with them.

If you think your club can play a bigger role in supporting this part of the game, please let us know and we will work directly with you.

If you have other ideas on improving the officiating situation, we’d also love to hear those.

Kieran Lynch will be the initial contact for anyone willing to help so please contact him directly if you think you can help in any way or if you knoantw someone who can.

I would really appreciate any support you can provide in this area.

Best regards

Kevin Pringle

Chief Executive Officer


SLBA AGM 2020 – 6th July 2021

Please note that the SLBA AGM 2020 will take place on Tuesday 6th July 2021, Via Zoom 7pm

Details of the Zoom call have been notified to all Club contacts.  If you require the details please contact:  Maureen McNeill:  maureen@slba.org.uk (these must not be shared publicly)

The Minutes from our previous AGM (2019) have been distributed and are available for download from here:  SLBA AGM Minutes 20 June 2019

Any proposals of changes to the Constitution or Rules must be in writing to the League Secretary at least fourteen days prior to the AGM and be proposed and seconded by two registered Clubs.

We would also welcome at this time any nominations for any of the positions on the Executive committee.

A full AGM Agenda along with any proposed regulation changes and Executive nominations will be circulated to all members at least seven days prior to the AGM.

At the AGM, the current Chairperson will conduct the election of Officers and if he/she is not re-elected, he/she will then stand down and the new Chairperson will take control of the meeting. The quorum needed for decisions at the AGM is seven member Club votes excluding the Exec.

All decisions at the AGM must be proposed, seconded and decision by a majority-vote. The deciding vote in the event of equality would be with the Chairperson.

  • Only Clubs that have completed the 19/20 (our latest season) and attend the AGM can vote on issues for the coming season. New Clubs have no voting powers until after the Fixture meeting.

Other regulations that clubs should be aware of:

2.10. Any Club wishing to enter a new team or re-enter a team that withdrew during the previous season must lodge a separate surety fee for that team.

2.11. Failure of a current Club to send a representative to the AGM may render the Club liable to a fine of £25.00 and possible withdrawal from the league.

2.12. Non-attendance at the AGM of new Clubs will result in their application being rejected.

2.13. All outstanding fines for the season in question must be paid before the start of the AGM.

Entry forms for entry to the Leagues for the 2021/22 season will follow towards the middle of the month: This is anticipation that the COVID rules will allow the SLBA to run the Leagues this year.

If anyone should have any queries on this please let Maureen know.

Glasgow Life sports fund COVID-19

There has been a COVID-19 fund released by Glasgow Life.

The Sports Organisation Support COVID-19 fund delivers funding to those sports clubs and organisations requiring support to help them emerge from short term financial hardship and costs associated with restarting sports activities under social distancing guidelines.

Details of the fund can be found here: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/sport/funding/sports-organisation-support-covid-19-fund

West “Hub”

basketballscotland are looking to establish a number of hubs across the country to bring Clubs from the same region together for discussions.

The purpose of this is to disseminate information over the next few months as we move through the various returns to basketball phases and to encourage local Clubs to work together to overcome short, medium and long term challenges.

John Kerray has been assigned to the West area…

Ayr Storm – Ayrshire Tornadoes – Basketball Paisley – Glasgow City – Glasgow Fever – Glasgow Rens – Glasgow Storm – SL Colliers – Rocks Jr – SLBA.

The idea is that we meet online every 3 weeks and each club and the SLBA nominates one person to join these calls.

Our first Zoom call will be on Monday the 22nd of June at 19:30 for 45 minutes. The main topics of discussion will be…

  1. Return to Basketball – Phase 2 (guidelines will be released on Friday 19th of June)
    1. What does this mean for your club.
    2. Are there any joint up working opportunities.
    3. What support do you need from Basketball Scotland.
  2. AOB.

https://zoom.us/j/97434126993 Meeting ID: 974 3412 6993

Password: <Contact John Kerray>

Please let me know if your Club would like to take part and if so who (include email address) will be attending the meetings.

If you have any questions on this, please just ask, and I look forward to speaking with you in the next few weeks.

Contact John Kerray:  john.kerray@basketball-scotland.com
M: 07595 278 686 | T: 0131 317 7260

Important Update June 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt all our normal day lives, the SLBA Executive Committee looked at trying to make decisions based on current positions and possible predicted outcomes going forward. Unfortunately, all options proved impossible to substantiate and as a result all Committee members agreed that the SLBA League’s and Cup’s for 2019/20 season should be voided.

As a result of the current situation, the AGM will be postponed until further notice.

Clubs will be given 30 days’ notice of the AGM in line with the SLBA Constitution. [Please note: League Entry forms will be sent out with the AGM notice.]

Stay safe

SLBA Executive Committee


Wash Your Hands instructions

As affiliated clubs of Basketball Scotland you should have all received an email (please see copy below) from Kevin Pringle, CEO, confirming “Postponement of All Basketball Scotland Competitions” with immediate effect.

Therefore, in line with our governing body, SLBA are postponing all SLBA competition with immediate effect.

Remaining league games and cup finals

The SLBA Executive Committee will monitor this situation and advise clubs in due course.

We will provide a further update should this situation change.


Following message from Kevin Pringle:






Dear Club Secretary,


Further to our earlier statement, things have moved significantly today and, following feedback from a number of clubs and a number of self-isolations being highlighted across various clubs, basketballscotland are postponing all basketball with immediate effect. The health and safety of all our players, coaches, officials and spectators is of paramount importance.  Please take the steps to inform those affected the decision as quickly as possible, particularly those due to participate this evening.


This has been a really challenging decision to take and we appreciate the impact it may have on clubs ahead of the weekend. We remain available to support clubs as much as possible. 

basketballscotland will continue to monitor the current situation and will inform of any updates.


We wanted to communicate this as quickly and clearly as possible.


There will be more information to follow.


Please keep safe.



Preseason Tournament 2019

Following the SLBA Executive Committee meeting last night, we regret to advise that there will be no preseason tournament this year.  This is due to a combination of lack of venue and lack of appropriate resources.  The SLBA Executive will review this for the 2020-2021 season and advise further.

SLBA AGM Season 2018-2019

Please be advised the SLBA AGM will take place on Thursday 20th June, 2019 at Rosshall Academy, Crookston Road, Glasgow at 6.30pm.

Any proposals of changes to the constitution or competition regulations must be received in writing by the League Secretary at least fourteen days prior to the AGM (by close of business on 5th June) and must be proposed and seconded by two SLBA clubs who played in the SLBA leagues in Season 2018-2019.

We would also welcome any nominations for any of the position on the Executive Committee.  These must be received in writing by the League Secretary at least fourteen days prior to the AGM (by close of business on 5th June) and must be proposed and seconded by two SLBA clubs who played in the SLBA leagues in Season 2018-2019.

You will find the league entry form for Season 2019-2020 available for download from the Admin menu on the SLBA website.  To enter a team(s) into the league for next season please complete and return as directed on the form.  The form has been sent to all Clubs who participated in the SLBA Competitions in Season 2018-2019.

Please note that any team that had a game forfeit in Season 2018-2019 must pay an extra Surety Fee of £100 (senior teams) or £50 (youth teams). Please check the result tables on the SLBA website if you are unsure or contact the relevant league coordinator form this season for clarification.

The AGM Agenda will be sent out along with the minutes from last year’s AGM plus any proposed regulation changes at least 7 days before the AGM. At the AGM the current Chairperson will conduct the election of officers and if the current Chairperson is not re-elected then they will stand down and the new Chairperson will take control of the meeting. The quorum needed for decisions at the AGM is seven-member club votes excluding the Executive committee.

All decisions at the AGM must be proposed and seconded and decided by majority vote. The deciding vote in the event of a tie would be with the Chairperson.

Only clubs that have completed the current season and attend the AGM can vote on issues for the coming season. New clubs have no voting powers until after the fixtures meeting in September.

If you have any queries on the above, then please do not hesitate to contact Jim Connor, SLBA League Secretary.

Basketball In The West of Scotland 1940 – 1970

A new book “BASKETBALL in the West of Scotland 1940-1970” has been published by Alex O’hara.

Basketball In The West of Scotland 1940 - 1970 image

It explains how our great sport got started and goes on to give a season by season account of the clubs, players and characters over three decades, utilising extensive archive research to highlight the triumphs, tragedies and scandals which rocked the sport during those golden years of West basketball. As well as a wealth of detail concerning West leagues and cups, every Scottish Cup Final result is tabled together with a comprehensive listing of West District clubs and the names of players honoured at District and National level.

Nevertheless the book is also a lively read with plenty of fascinating anecdotes to satisfy its readers.

As the sole surviving original founding club, Glasgow University has its own chapter.

All proceeds from sales will be donated to Sense Scotland Charity and the author will donate an additional £10 for every book sold.

Copies may be ordered from oharaalex@hotmail.com

Sense Scotland will be launching my book at the Rocks vs Cheshire Phoenix match (Keiron’s penultimate home game) at Emirates Arena on Sunday 14th April at 5pm.

I will be there before the game, accompanied by some Scotland and GB Auld Stars to sell and sign books, and to talk basketball.

You can reserve discounted tickets or find out more on 0300 330 9292 / info@sensescotland.org.uk