Basketball Ireland has just released information on significant changes to the Senior Men’s game in Ireland. The list, which details the changes, is listed below:
PLANS FOR THE 2013/14 SEASON FOR SENIOR MEN’S BASKETBALL IN IRELAND
18th July 2013
At the meeting of the Board of Basketball Ireland on 15th July unanimous approval and support was given for the new initiatives that have recently been tabled in this area of our game.
Following this news we believe it is appropriate to inform member clubs and aspirant member clubs of the two new divisions that these initiatives will proceed. These clubs can now begin to plan for the new season.
The National Council and other relevant bodies within the game have yet to finally sign off on the full package but all have expressed support previously. Work is on-going to complete the details of the package and will be published in due course.
This announcement confirms the following:
1. Top divisions for the Senior Men’s game will be re-branded as the Basketball League of Ireland.
2. There will be a Premier Division and a First Division, ideally with 10 members in each division.
3. A promotion and relegation system will operate –
i. The bottom team in the Premier will be relegated
ii. The top team in Division One will be promoted
iii. The second bottom team in the Premier will play-off against the second team in Division One on a home and away basis to decide what divisions they play in the following season.
iv. All promotions will be provisional on the club satisfying the new Men’s Senior Game Management Board (MSGMB) that its infrastructure and operational abilities will be satisfactory for the Premier Division.
4. The rules, especially player eligibility rules will be, as far as possible, uniform for both divisions.
5. There will be no financial “entry seed-capital” required.
6. League fees will be uniform for both Divisions.
7. National Cups will operate at Premier and Division 1 levels
8. Ancillary competitions will be organised to facilitate the involvement of teams from Area Boards in order to widen the profile of top players and clubs.
9. All registered Basketball Ireland clubs will be eligible to apply for membership of the Divisions.
10. MSGMB will be responsible for the overall policies, regulation and effective operation of the League. It will consist of 3 nominees from Basketball Ireland (2 from Council and 1 from Board); 3 nominees from clubs (through an extended Organisation of SuperLeague Clubs which will make provision for the representation of all Division 1 clubs in the League. This body will be known as the Organisation of Senior Men’s Game Clubs (OSMGC).
11. The Secretary General of Basketball Ireland will undertake the role of League Commissioner with responsibility for the staffing structure to support the League and all operational matters in the context of the policies and procedures established by MSGMB.
12. A full dispute and appeal procedure will be produced in the coming weeks, building on the existing structure that has been employed by the current Senior Game Management Board (SGMB).
In the coming month, i.e. before mid-August, the new rules and regulations will be produced for the information of the clubs.
Also, a comprehensive marketing plan will be produced which will require clubs to play their full part in promoting this new vision for Senior Men’s Basketball in Ireland.
Source: Basketball Ireland