The LBA’s Rules of Engagement & League Rules

The LBA’s Rules of Engagement & League Rules

The Rules of Engagement

We are commited to promote Basketball in London and help those that want to play Basketball.
We are also here to have fun and make friends, so we ask that you always remember our Rules of Engagement:

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  • The playing season lasts for 8 weeks with games running on a weekly basis.
  • Players can register as individuals or as a team from prior to the beginning of the season.
  • Team Captains will find all the fixture dates online, on the calendar section.
  • A reminder email will be sent to all players a week before and the day before the game.



Teams and Individuals can pay for a league using the online system on our website:


You register a team by following the registration process for Teams.

The Team Organiser/Captain will pay for their whole Team and recover the costs from their players individually. We request that you pay at the same time you register your team in order to secure your position in the league (by following the registration process to the end).

PLEASE NOTE: Your position in the league (whether a team or individual) IS ONLY CONFRIMED once your full league fees have been received.



  • Play is divided into two 20-minute halves with 10 minutes as warm up time, for a total of 60 minutes allocated for each game. There will be a running clock throughout the game.
  • If games have to be shortened (for injuries, incidents etc.) the time will not be added on and the result will stand.
  • Each team will be rewarded 1 time out per game.
  • Regarding the League at Sobell Sports Center, men will be playing on Thursdays from 6.30pm to 10.30pm; women on Tuesdays from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.



  • A maximum of 15 on squad.



  • Fiba rule apply unless stated other wise.
  • Referees and hosts will be in charge to ensure that games start on time and run smoothly throughout.
  • 3 points will be give to the winning team, tie equals 1 point and nil for loss and forfeit (plus 20-0 score line).



  • Teams will have until 5 minutes before the designated start time to field a legal team.



  • If a team has at least 3 official players, they are legally allowed to pick up ringers to make a team of 5, however they may not pick up any players to exceed a team of 7.
  • If your team is short you cannot pick up subs, unless it is agreed with the opposition and the refs BEFORE THE GAME BEGINS.



  • Team substitutions can be made at any point in the game.
  • There is no limit on the amount of substitutions per team/per game. The substituted player must be off the court before a new player comes on.



  • Ties in the regular season will be decided by a 1 minute overtime period. If teams are still tied after the overtime period, the game will remain a tie.
  • Playoff ties will be decided by 1 minute overtime periods until a winning team is produced, up to 3 overtime periods. If after 3 overtime periods there is still no winner, a “golden basket” 1 minute overtime period will occur (next basket wins!)



When two or more teams have equal points after playing the same amount of games, table positions are calculated using head-to-head results between the teams rather than overall points difference for the league. For a more detailed breakdown see the below FIBA document, section D.3. (p.70).



Play will abide by FIBA European rules and players should ask the referee for any clarifications.




  • Personal and Team fouls will be recorded for all leagues. Players will “foul-out” after being awarded their 5th personal foul. All technical fouls will be recorded as personal fouls. If a player fouls out and the team has no replacements/subs, the team cannot just pick up a spare player from another team. The team have to play a man down.
  • A team will be awarded two free throws on the eighth team foul of each half and on any following fouls in the remainder of the half. If playing quarters, two free throws will be rewarded on the 5th team foul for the remainder of the quarter. All shooting fouls are 2 shot fouls unless the shooter is attempting a 3 point shot, where they will receive 3 shots.



  • Technical fouls are counted as personal fouls. Any individual that is assessed two technical fouls will be sin-binned for 2 minutes. Depending on the severity of the technical foul a player can be sin-binned for 2 minutes after being assessed 1 technical foul.
  • If a player is sin-binned then the team will play with 4 players during the period.
  • All technical fouls result in 2 free throws and ball possession.



  • Any and all dangerous jewellery worn by players must be removed before tip-off. The referees have final say on what constitutes dangerous and have the power to remove any players from the game who do not comply with this rule.



  • Playoffs will follow the last week of the regular season and will be single elimination.
  • Seeding – Teams will be seeded based upon a points system. Teams will be awarded 3 points for a win, 2 points for a tie, 1 point for a loss and 0 for a forfeit.
  • Ringers – Ringers can be used during normal season play in order to field a full team but are NOT allowed during the playoffs/finals unless have played 2 games for a team in the regular season.
  • Playoff Games – Playoff games will follow the same format during regulation as the regular season. If teams are tied at the end of time in a playoff game then 1 minute overtime periods will be played until a winner is decided (see above).

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