Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) is now accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the 2020 Women’s Development League (D-League) which will replace the WBC Division Two competition.
The D-League will come with a set of unique rules that help to position the competition as a priority for players seeking a more defined pathway through to the National League and the Tall Ferns.
This competition will cater for between 8 and 12 teams from across New Zealand and aims to provide an affordable and sustainable environment for competing teams.
The 2020 D-League will feature:
- between 8 and 12 teams.
- 4 tournament weekends / includes the season opener and finals.
- 2 x South Island tournaments / 2 x North Island tournaments.
- starts early May / ends early July.
- annual league fee of $3,000 (plus GST).
The 2020 D-League rules:
- players must be aged 25 years and under – players cannot turn 26 years old during the defined season (including finals).
- teams can have 3 restricted players. A restricted player is classed as someone over the age of 25.
- teams can have 1 player living permanently in New Zealand who can not represent New Zealand under FIBA rules. This is not in addition to the restricted player rule.
- payments to any players are not allowed. A list of permitted allowances that can be paid for will be made available.
November 1, 2019 – EOI submission deadline to BBNZ
November 15, 2019 – successful teams granted a 3-year D-League Participation License
November 29, 2019 – tournament dates and locations released
December 13, 2019 – 2020 season schedule released
- Team name, city, uniform colours and contact details (team contact person, phone, email).
- Proof of affiliation to a BBNZ Association or a letter of endorsement from a BBNZ affiliated Association.
- Draft budget for season 2020 (tournament hosting costs excluded).
- Forecast budgets for seasons 2021, 2022.
- A brief overview of your basketball programme and player pathway for girls and women.
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