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South Wales Basketball League to trial ‘Ref Cam’ at Division 1 Cup Final
Feb 12, 2015, 11:16 pm

For the first time in its history, the South Wales Basketball Association will trial the use of an on board referee camera in Friday night’s highly anticipated Division 1 Cup final between Cardiff City Basketball Club and Cardiff Met Archers.

Match referee Gavin Williams will have a small sized HD quality camera attached to a chest strap which will be worn over the referee’s shirt for the duration of the match. Footage recorded from the game will then be analysed post-game to review a number of aspects of the game including foul calls, out of bounds plays, violations and crucially the positioning of the referee when making decisions.

SWBA has already taken a positive step forward this year to assist referee training by introducing 3 referees on selected games in Division 1 and on all Cup and Play off Finals. Using this on board camera technology is another step in right direction for the league to assist with referee development.

Speaking about this latest development,  National Referee Instructor for Wales, Mr William Jones said “This is a great initiative for the league, it will help us as a group of referees to analyse our calls from the angle and view which they are made and will help to improve the education and training of our referees tremendously. After the game we can review certain plays or situations that may need discussing and then we can quickly upload the clips from the ‘ref cam’ to our dedicated online referee channel for all our officials to view and comment on”.

Referee cameras have been used in a number of different sports including Rugby Union, Rugby League and most recently in Basketball in the Euro League in a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona; footage from this game can be seen by clicking this link:


The game will also be recorded using traditional floor mounted cameras positioned outside the court and then the footage from these cameras and the ‘ref cam’ will be edited by South Wales Basketball Player Richard Harrison to give SWBA fans a unique insight into exactly what the referee sees during a game. Game footage will be posted to the South Wales Basketball Facebook Page.

Friday’s SWBA Cup Final tips off at 8:15pm at Llandarcy Academy of Sport, Neath, SA10 6JD. Doors open at 7:30pm. Entry is £1 for U18s and £2 seniors.

Basketball Wales appoints World Class Coach as Senior Men’s Head Coach.
Feb 4, 2015, 10:02 am

Keith Mair has been appointed Senior Head Coach to Wales’ to mens national basketball team.

Keith, the former New Zealand mens Head Coach, who currently resides in North Wales brings a wealth of top class International basketball experience to Wales. Most notably, Keith led the New Zealand Tall Blacks to qualify for the 2000 Olympic Games as well as leading them to qualify for 2 World Championships. He has also had a long career as a Head Coach within the professional league in New Zealand. 

Keith is very familiar with Basketball in the UK as he also held the position as CEO of England Basketball between 2003 and 2013.

Keith said “I am very pleased to take on this role, and would hope to be able to support and develop our coaching network and also benefit the progression of International and elite Basketball in Wales through my experiences of working in New Zealand and England Basketball”.

Darren Oakey, Director of Elite National Development and board member of Basketball Wales said ‘ I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to secure the services of Keith.  I am very excited about the wealth of knowledge and experience he can bring to all areas of our International Programme. We are looking forward to releasing the new training calendar for the Senior Men's preparation for the 2016 European Championships along with the new Head Coach's support staff very soon.

Justin Ogleby, CEO and Chairman of Basketball Wales commented ‘ Keith joining our Elite Programme demonstrates our commitment to improving the standards and progression of our elite teams and athletes. We are hoping that Keith's involvement in our development programme will be cascaded down to regional and grass roots development. We are seeing increased participation and this will act as a further catalyst to change and growth. We are thrilled to have him on board.

Under Armour Performance Mouthwear announced as new member partner with Basketball Wales
Feb 3, 2015, 4:44 pm

We are delighted to announce a partnership with Under Armour Mouthwear offering the latest in mouthguard technology to Basketball Wales members.

 Under Armour have introduced an innovative new range of mouthguards, including the first microwaveable guard, fully remouldable mouthguards, hi-viz and flavoured options as well as a mouthguard for basketball players using braces.

There is also a special mouthguard for  basketball: - UA Hoops: a microwavable low profile design and dentist-like custom fit make speaking and breathing easier, enabling better on court performance and communication.

We have agreed a special 30% discount offer to introduce the new range to Basketball Wales members. 

Go to www.performancemouthwearuk.co.uk and enter code BBWALES for your Basketball Wales discount and free mouthguard case.

Jan 25, 2015, 4:14 pm

The ENDC are taking a big jump forward by introducing a U11's boy's and girl's teams for 2015. This is for players born in 2004 and after, with an aim to compete in a International tournament in June.
For this to happen, this group will take over the time slot and dates for our present Mini's programme, so the next scheduled Mini's session will now be a trial for the Wales U11's boy's and girl's on the 14th Feb. We would like to invite any player born 2004 and after, boy's and girls's to attend and depending on the numbers and standard, a squad will be selected and announced on this page.
Players are to arrive at 10.30am for registration. This trial will be free, you will be required to bring along with you a passport size photograph.If you are presently a member of one of the ENDC groups, this is available to you also. 
If you have any questions, please email elite_performance@basketballwales.com

Basketball Wales Officiating and Scania Cup Continue Partnership
Jan 24, 2015, 1:17 pm

Basketball Wales Officiating is pleased to announce that we have secured the opportunity to nominate two Basketball Wales referees to attend the prestigious Scania Cup tournament held over the Easter period in , Sodertalje Sweden.


Scania Cup is an international basketball tournament for U12 - U18 teams comprising of teams from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland. It has been running for over 30 years and has hosted a referee clinic for 25 years.


In recent years the referee clinic has had well over 100 referees attending with top referee Instructors from Sweden, FIBA Europe and FIBA World delivering educational seminars and providing feedback to referees on game performance. Each game is officiated utilising 3 person mechanics.


Any Basketball Wales referee looking to further their own personal development and attend this camp should email officiating@basketballwales.com by Friday 6th February 2015


Further information and costs of the camp can be found on the website below 



Swansea Storm host successful Yr 6 Primary School Festival
Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 pm

Swansea Storm Basketball Cub in conjunction with Swansea Sports Development team held a mini basketball festival on Wednesday 21st January at the LC leisure Center which was attended by 223 Year 6 pupils from all across the city.


More of these festivals are planned in the coming months to offer Mini Basketball opportunities to pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5.


Swansea Storm Head Coach and Active Young Peoples officer Gavin Lewis said "the event was a great success all the pupils thoroughly enjoyed playing and competing against other schools. The players also had the opportunity to meet Swansea Storm Senior Players who were in attendance to offer some coaching tips and advice"










Basketball Wales Level 1 Table Official's Course - Cardiff
Jan 20, 2015, 1:58 pm

Basketball Wales Change of Address
Dec 9, 2014, 3:54 pm

Please be advised that Basketball Wales has changed its postal address as follows: 


Basketball Wales,

c/o Cocyn Uchaf,

Moelfre, Anglesey,


LL72 8LL


The aforementioned changes are to take place with immediate effect

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