Spots have opened up for postponed games to be rescheduled in the National Basketball League after the National Cup was cancelled last month.
The National Cup is the National Basketball League’s oldest competition.
However, this has been done to help ease the schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the National Cup out of the fixture list, this will open new spots for postponed fixtures to be replayed.
With the potential for more postponed games it is believed that running the National Cup this season would put too much strain on the clubs, officials and coaches.
There have already been postponed games for clubs in Birmingham:
City of Birmingham Rockets vs Bromsgrove Bears
Birmingham Elite vs Derbyshire Arrows
Birmingham Mets vs Warwickshire Hawks (Location TBC)
Basketball England’s Senior Delivery Manager Gail Richards said to Birmingham Eastside: “We feel it’s the right decision to prioritise the regular season and playoffs and support all of our clubs and members in that aim.”
The academy lead coach and Projects Officer for the City of Birmingham Rockets Peter Mintoft said: “Basketball England are doing a pretty good job of managing this situation.”
“I think they are quite intelligent; they have put a road map there of how we can get back to play.”
City of Birmingham Rockets chairman Kirk Dawes said: “The sensible thing to do is look at the competition as it stands.”
“There has to be a contingency plan and the contingency plan wouldn’t function as well if we were trying to fit in all the games that we would try to fit in a normal season.”
Following discussions with various advisory groups, the National Cup will NOT take place during the 2020/21 season.— Basketball England (@bballengland) September 10, 2020
All teams that have paid to enter the National Cup will receive that portion of their fee back.
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