The new WBBL, the top flight of women’s Club basketball in the UK announces a change in player eligibility regulations for the 2014/15 season, with an increased focus on developing players for the Great Britain national teams.
For the 2014/15 season, Clubs will be required to include no more than 5 players in their squads, for any game, who are not eligible for the Great Britain team, to help raise standards of British players.The change in regulations mirrors a change adopted by the BBL, the top flight for men’s Club basketball, 2 seasons ago.
Clubs will continue to be limited to 2 work permitted players. The regulations do not apply for any Clubs who already have players under contract, who exceed the agreed limit.
WBBL Chairman Ed Percival said, “We think this is an important statement as Clubs, and as a league, towards increasing opportunities for players who can potentially make the Great Britain teams, whether at underage levels, or senior women. We all want the GB teams to improve and that can only happen if we invest in GB eligible players, The challenge will be to do so, while improving the overall quality of the game on the court, which we are all committed to.”