NBLC Moves Season to November Start
Heading into its seventh season, the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) was founded in 2011 and is Canada’s longest standing professional domestic basketball league. There are currently 11 teams with two divisions: Central and Atlantic. The NBLC is committed to being one of the leading professional basketball leagues in the world. The NBLC provides Canadian athletes, international athletes and coaches and officials the opportunity to participate in the game they love at the professional level. The NBLC is also dedicated to raising the profile of the sport of professional basketball throughtout Canada by providing fans with an exciting and entertaining experience starting at a community level.
Over the past (6) seasons the league has been very cognizant of increasing the Canadian percentage of players in a manner that will allow the league to support the growth of basketball in Canada while not negatively impacting the game that fans so passionately love and support. This past season a record number of Canadians suited up in uniform and their impact was felt. The championship team started (3) and played (4) in their rotation.
With this reality the league has announced that this season each team will carry a mandatory minimum of (5) Canadians at all time.
With the increase of the number of teams, injuries and standard player moves, the league sees as many as (70) Canadians suited up in the NBL this year.
START OF THE SEASON
After two years of starting the season on Boxing Day, the NBL has decided to move the season back to start on or around November 18, 2017.
The reasoning is that the good weather in the spring has proven to be too much of a competitor for our fans attention. When the weather breaks our fans are excited to enjoy it; work on yards, cook out, go to cottages, watch their children in spring sports. Additionally it will should be easier to get and keep our talent as most winter leagues have started earlier and we have lost good players because they are ready to start playing, to other leagues with earlier start dates over seas.
LENGTH OF THE SEASON
This year we will be expanding the season by (2) weeks. Regular season will end on or before April 2nd. This increase in length should allow us to work with our venues and secure more weekend dates. It will provide a modest increase in the salary caps for our players, as well.
The same playoff schedule will be followed:
- Round 1 – Best of 5 Games
- Conference Finals – Best of 7 Games
- Championship Series – Best of 7 Games
Note: Only the top (4) teams in each conference will make the playoffs, increasing the intensity and importance of the regular season.
INJURED RESERVE RULE
The “Injured Reserve Rule” is being replaced with a simpler and easier to enforce “Inactive Player Rule”
- Each team may keep up to (12) “Active Players”
- Each team may keep up to (3) additional “Inactive Players”
- Inactive players will be paid
- Portion of the inactive player’s salary will count against the salary cap
This is a similar rule that the NBA has and is much easier to enforce at a league level.
PUBLIC RULE BOOK
A new simplified rule book is being created. This book will be available on line for our fans to download and a copy will be at every scorer’s table.
In an attempt to continue the improvements of our referees, we will continue to recruit additional talent to our growing pool of referees (this season a record 12 rookie referees were added)…
- All refs will go through standard fitness testing.
- The review process that coaches participated in last season will be enhanced this year.
- Coaching boxes will be put down 5′ from the end of each bench.
- An emphasis on coach/player respect for the game and officials will be strongly enforced.
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