Welcome to the Manchester Area Basketball League (MABL) website. Currently we have 4 mens divisions and 1 womens division incorporating teams from all over Greater Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside, Ashton, Stockport, Trafford, Salford) and the surrounding areas (Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Merseyside): Rainford, Blackpool, Crewe, Preston, Burnley, Leigh, Rossendale, Buxton, Holmes Chapel, Congleton, Knutsford and Warrington.

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Basketball England - Referee Level 2 Qualification

10th November 2015

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 PDF 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.

You can grab a discount on your first 2 units if you book now, so don't delay!

All units are at the venues specificed 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.

For further information on the above please contact Simon Unsworth on simon.unsworth@basketballengland.co.uk, 07931 259 500 or 0114 284 1067.

Referee Level 2 Qualification Information (PDF)


Great Britain Senior Women vs Italy - 25th November

21st October 2015

Great Britain vs Italy

Great Britain senior women will take to the floor in Manchester for their first home match-up of their EuroBasket Women 2017 qualification games. They will face Italy at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in the city on Wednesday 25 November 2015 in a 7pm tip-off.

It will be the first of three consecutive home fixtures and with the support of GB fans, this could go a long way to cementing what would be a sensational fourth straight appearance at EuroBasket Women Final Round. The players will also get to compete at the home venue of a WBBL (Women’s British Basketball League) club as they step out for the first time on home soil this calendar year, in what promises to be an exciting clash against the Italians.

MABL members are urged to get closer to the action and snap up their tickets for this must see game against Italy, with tickets priced £8.00 for adults and £5.00 for children. For information please visit www.bbl.org.uk/gbtickets/ and for our special group offers and for all information regarding club group bookings process visit www.bbl.org.uk/gbwomengroups. Alternatively contact Clare Hatch at clare@bbl.org.uk or call 0116 2663339.

Doors open at 6pm with the game starting at 7pm. To book your tickets, visit www.tickets.com/gb-women-tickets/ and use the discount code GBWOFF or call 0116 266 3339.


FREE Coaching Clinic on Coaching Young People - 9th November

21st October 2015

Sergio Lara-Bercial (ex Mystics Coach, now UK Sport, a world authority on coaching children and young people) is running a clinic for NW coaches on coaching young people. It is basketball specific and will be held at Myerscough College on 9th November from 7pm to 9pm (PR3 0RY). The clinic is FREE and all attendees will need to have their trainers as they will be on the floor during the event.

To ensure there is enough space for all attendees, can you please contact Nick Ibberson if you wish to attend.


Calling all officials!

19th September 2015

Can all referees and table officials looking to officiate this season please ensure they are registered with Basketball England - http://legacy.basketballengland.co.uk/members/signin.aspx.

If you are only intending to officiate at local level then follow the link for officiating local league which will cost about £15. Alternatively if you will also be officiating at Senior National league level the fee will be £40. once paid the process will generate a reference number to John Cihlar our area registrar, who will advise Robert McGilveray who will issue an MABL licence card.

Every participant of the MABL will have to produce a licence card provided by Robert McGilveray, which was discussed and agreed at the A.G.M. in June.

In order to receive your MABL licence card (which is provided free of charge) you must send a current photograph to Robert McGilveray. Depending on snail mail delivery times. Robert will have the card with you within 48 hours.


Congratulations to Steve Lee - Mary Clark Award Winner

15th September 2015

Steve Lee - Mary Clark Award Winner

We would like to pass on our congratulations to Steve Lee who received the Mary Clark award for services to officiating at last night's Basketball England National Conference dinner.

I am sure you will agree Steve deserves this recognition for his tireless work with MABL and the thankless task of nonimating referees to games. Well done Steve!


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