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EGM Minutes Feb 2020
Feb 16, 2020, 8:45 pm

Please find below the minutes from the EGM


Important News
Nov 17, 2019, 12:15 am

To all WEBBA teams and players

From WEBBA Chair - Rich Wills

For the past few seasons we have ongoing issues with referee allocations - Usually this happens towards the end of the season with rescheduled games stacking up. This season we are less than two months in and we have already had to cancel games owing to a lack of referees. On top of this we have had more games cancelled / rescheduled than we would expect, this can be attributed to the Women's League fixtures having to all be rearranged following two last minute drop outs and the slow Basketball England registration system.

We have therefore had to take the unprecedented decision to cancel this year's Trophy Competition. This will allow us to move some fixtures so that we have a better chance of fulfilling all referee allocations. As we will be holding Playoffs this year we will also need all league fixtures completed by Friday 24th April. Over the next week we will be in touch to let you know about games that will be rescheduled.

Referee allocations have been an ongoing issue for as long as we can remember, and whilst we acknowledge that we dropped the ball by not organising a referee's course at the start of the season (please note we are a voluntary organisation and this season we had a lot of personnel change and a new BE system to manage), we still have had the same issues in seasons where we have organised a course. Previous Committees have tried a hard disciplinary approach with strict deadlines and fines, this season we tried an encouragement approach by raising the the referee payment significantly, but neither seem to be working.

To that end we are asking for your feedback on what more we can do to make sure that we have enough referees to serve the league. We would be happy to hear from club referees, independent referees, club secretaries and players participating in the league. Club secretaries we would be grateful if you would forward this on to the players in yours team(s).

Please send feedback via the link below.


We are working with others to host a Referees Course in January on a date where no WEBBA league games will take place. The Referees Secretary will be in touch in due course with further details.


WEBBA Documents 2019-2020
Sep 9, 2019, 9:41 pm

Please find below useful documents for the season 2019-2020



2018-19 WEBBA Finals photos by JS Sport Photos
Jun 16, 2019, 10:25 pm

WEBBA Finals day images are now available at the link below


these images were provided by JS Sport Photography

AGM Committee Reports
May 11, 2019, 9:47 pm

Ahead of the 2019 AGM please find below committee member reports (updated once reports received)

WEBBA AGM June 19th 2019
May 9, 2019, 9:10 pm

The following information has been sent to all team secretaries. It contains important information for everyone involved in WEBBA, please take 5 minutes to read. 

Hi All - Just to remind everyone that Webba has now organised the annual AGM as follows

AGM 2019 : Webba AGM is booked in for June 19th 2019 : 7.30 – 9.00 at Abbeywood School 

All clubs have to be represented at this meeting – Failure to have a club representative attending will involve a fine being issued. This year’s meeting is particularly important as we do need to appoint and re-elect several new committee members.

The Committee : 

As you are aware Committee members give an incredible amount of their own time to ensure you can play and enjoy the sport you love and without people willing to give their time to ensure the smooth running of the competitions’ - Webba would not exist. As an organisation we are well aware that improvements and new initiatives are always worth discussion and we would always value input / ideas from clubs and individuals as to how Webba can move forward.

If you wish to get involved or know someone who might consider supporting basketball in the West of England - please consider the following

New Committee Members required:– We have several members retiring or not seeking re-election next year and we now have several roles to be filled including

Vice Chair  
General Secretary  
Discipline Officer  

The constitution will also be updated to add Discipline and Safeguarding as formal committee roles.

There will be some movement and flexibility as some existing members will seek election in different roles with some possible doubling up but whatever happens we will still require several new members next year - Please get back to us with any questions if you are unsure of what role expectations and commitment might be – I can however reassure you that everyone is very supportive and helpful.


As you are aware the league can only be successfully run through clubs supplying referees to officiate the games –This has not been always complied with by some teams / individuals - Clubs must ensure that their designated referees are available as follows -

· In time for the referee secretary to allocate schedules as requested by the referees secretary
· With enough availability in the month to be supportive to the league. 

Any teams not complying will be automatically fined – We do realise situations change but clubs do need to contact and explain any difficulties so we can consider the excuse before any fine is issued - This will be strongly enforced again next year but we would like clubs to look at this issue through the Summer to ensure they have referees available as required for the new season. Any new referees will always be supported as they gain more experience so please encourage players to get involved. 

Fixture Days: Referee shortage continue to ensure significant difficulties on Fridays and Sundays - We would like to request that any clubs hosting games on these days consider being more flexible by either moving the game day or investigate an alternative reserve day where they could reschedule when allocation of referee issues arise. It would also be helpful if these teams offered additional referee availability on these nights. 

If your playing day remains as a Friday or a Sunday we would warn you in advance that there will be times throughout the season where Webba might make the decision to reschedule your game. This is not a decision taken lightly but is beyond our control when so many referees do not make themselves available on a Friday or Sunday. We would hope all teams affected support us in taking this line. 

The option of having a backup day / venue would therefore be supportive if rescheduling games becomes a requirement  

Tip Times : Webba does recognise the difficulty in hiring facilities that match reasonable tip times however we are having significant difficulties in finding referees for very late tip times at some venues - ( an additional issue is the non availability of local referees in some areas ) - Some difficult tip times include 8.30 and 8.45 which when you take in travel time can mean referees and players might not get home to 11.00 to 11.30, which on a work night is an unreasonable expectation. 

We are requesting initially that teams ensure tip times should be no later than 8.15 - We are aware that this might entail a change of venue but we would request you investigate the possibility of different nights or venues for the new season to meet this request. ( but not Friday or Sunday) 

If there is no movement on this - Webba`s next step will be a definitive rule stipulating latest tip times.

I have outlined some of the issues we have had to address throughout the season but would really like to end on a massively positive note and thank all clubs for their commitment, flexibility and support throughout the season. It has been great having some new teams joining the league this year adding some great competition. The women’s league has kept us all on our toes this year and we hope next year to build on the strength of this years competition.

What can we do better – We always welcome ideas – Registration deadlines - re player recruitment – end of season player shortages – league structure / competition - Play offs - number of National League players in team etc etc – let us know - all ideas will be discussed -- Please consider putting your name forward to join the committee or at least email ideas as we always welcome input to making changes and improving Webba.

Many thanks, 🏀🏀🏀


Mens Final League Tables
May 6, 2019, 10:14 pm

Congratulations to Bristol Hurricanes on finishing as Division 1 Champions

Congratulations to Bristol Met on finishing as Division 2 Champions

Congratulations to Lockleaze Old Boys on finishing as Division 3 Champions

WEBBA Womens League - Final Table 2018-2019
May 1, 2019, 8:17 pm

Congratulations to Braves Women finish as Womens League Champions


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