Welcome to the Manchester Area Basketball League (MABL) website. Currently we have 3 Men's Divisions and 1 Womens Division incorporating teams from all over Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas.

Basketball England Registration, Rule Changes and Website Updates

2017/2018 Update

Basketball England Registration

The Basketball England Registration Portal is open, please ensure all players are registered with BE. When registering please opt to register through GREATER MANCHESTER. If you register with BE directly please forward all registration numbers to John Cihlar. Please refer to the BE Registration Guide. Your registration information is required in order to ensure you are eligible to play in MABL.

Rule Changes

Both FIBA (PDF) and MABL (PDF) have made several rule changes. There are some video explanations of the new FIBA rules regarding travelling on our Facebook page. Please also refer to Basketball England Rule Changes Summary (PDF).

Website Updates

Several updates have been made to the information on teams, team contacts, fixtures, officials, committee contacts and the numerous downloadable forms/rules for the coming season. Please let lee.c@mabl.co.uk know if any further changes are to be made.

Latest News

Rossendale Raptors withdraw mens team

Rossendale Raptors have sadly withdrawn from the Mens Championship Division. Hopefully we will see them return next season.

All fixtures and results for Rossendale have been removed.

Eugene Gilkes

The MABL committee were very sad to hear that a long standing MABL referee and attendee of many AGM meetings, passed away last week.

Eugene was a kind, gentle man whose dedication to basketball we all admired. To some he may be remembered as officiating in a more theatrical style than perhaps others, but his unique personality just added more to the enjoyment of the game.

He was keen to be heard at AGM's and many of his thoughts and ideas were adopted over the years. Eugene officiated at many of the Finals weekends over the years and his commitment to be available at a moment's notice throughout past seasons was a great help to the League. He was honoured with the "Ian Pollard Memorial Shield" for the 2007/8 season for his contribution to officiating and in recognition of his outstanding commitment and leadership.

He will be sadly missed by the MABL basketball community and our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this time.

Some teams who knew him more than others may decide to hold 1 minutes applause prior to the start of their next home games this week, but this is clearly optional.

MBA40 Starter - Couch to 5 on 5 Basketball Initiative

MBA40 Starter are delighted to announce that MBA40 Starter in conjunction with Manchester Giants launches at 8pm on Tuesday 19th September at National Basketball Performance Centre.

MBA40 Starter is perfect for you if you're no longer in the shape you were when your jeans were baggy, your shorts were short and you carried around a BT phone card.

Stephen Graham from The Anti Gravity Revolution will be delivering his mix tape of easy basketball drills suitable for all over 40s and the stretches & exercises that will make you feel fitter.

Basketball England Insurance Update

Due to recent changes by Basketball Englands (BE) insurance providers, an amendment to BE's current procedures for insurance claims has been requested that you should be aware of.

For any and all incidents that occur which could give rise to a claim, please make sure that an Accident Form (Word Document) is completed and attached with your claim so that full details of the incident can be provided to our insurers. Should a claim be forthcoming that does not contain an Accident Form, it will still be considered but is significantly more likely to be declined.

If you are a club secretary, please ensure the information within this email is passed on to all members that may be responsible for training, games and sessions within your club. If you have any questions on the above, please contact the Membership department.

Code of Ethics and Conduct

As a general reminder to all members, you should regularly review the Basketball England Code of Ethics and Conduct (Word Document) and Social Media Policy (Word Document).

If you have any questions about this matter, please contact Basketball England.

Sponsorship Opportunities

MABL are looking to offer local companies the opportunity to sponsor our league for the 2017/2018 Season.

Benefits of Sponsorship

Basketball is one of the few sports in the UK where participation levels are increasing year in year out. Last year the number of people playing basketball rose by 21,800 to 152,900 each week (source Basketball England).

In Manchester and the North West in particular the sport is extremely popular, with several professional and semi-professional teams in the area and with the development of the new Basketball Performance Centre at Belle Vue all having a positive effect on the sport within the region.

By sponsoring MABL potential sponsors will become involved in one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and gaining access to the potential that the popularity of the sport can provide.

Ways to support the league

  • Sponsor the League
  • Sponsor the Tournaments
  • Donate Products/Services for Tournaments
  • Sponsor game officials development programmes

Other ways to sponsor

We welcome your suggestions and thoughts on sponsorship and would happily discuss any creative ideas you have.

For more information download our Sponsor Information Pack (PDF).

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