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Innovation Hawk-Eye technology gets British Basketball onto screens worldwide
Dec 11, 2015, 4:14 pm


Innovation Hawk-Eye technology gets British Basketball onto screens worldwide

This exciting deal has been made possible by cutting edge technology supplied by UK sports technology innovators, Hawk-Eye Innovations, best known for its electronic line calling service for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships and its Premier League football goal line technology.

 
The first stage of this ground-breaking partnership will see an initial pilot of four BBL events streamed live in January 2016 via Skysports.com and Webcastsport.com.
 
Dates, times and competitions are as follows:
 
• Fri Jan 8, 2016 - Live Stream from 19.15
The Copper Box, London: BBL Championship - London Lions v Leicester Riders
 
• Sun Jan 17, 2016 - Live Stream from 11.45
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham: WBBL Trophy Final, BBL Slam Dunk, BBL Cup Final
 
• Fri Jan 22, 2016 - Live Stream from 19.15
University of Worcester Arena, Worcester: BBL Championship - Worcester Wolves v
Esh Group Newcastle Eagles
 
• Sat Jan 30, 2016 - Live Stream from 15.45
New Leicester Community Sports Arena, Leicester: WBBL Championship - Leicester Riders v Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters & BBL Championship - Leicester Riders v Surrey Scorchers
 
The four pilot BBL events are to be produced by sports broadcaster, WebcastSport, using Hawk-Eye’s SMART production service, a solution that significantly reduces the cost of live basketball production by up to 75% without impacting on the quality of the output.
 
Employing four to six automated broadcast quality HD cameras, which utilise Hawk-Eye’s cutting edge, vision processing techniques, and combining Hawk-Eye’s IT-based software platform, WebcastSport will deliver a live, HD quality sports programme ready for streaming, which will also be available free on demand.
 
A further element of the collaboration will enable basketball fans worldwide to watch the live streaming of BBL games for free on their PC, and on their tablet or smart phone via the Sky Sports’ app.
 
Bob Hope, Commercial Director, BBL, WBBL and GB Basketball commented, “This is a hugely exciting first step towards our goal of bringing British basketball to fans worldwide.
 
"I would like to thank all parties involved who have worked both hard and selflessly to pull this ground-breaking collaboration together.
 
"Not only will the partnership give fans the opportunity of watching live games on their PCs but also on their tablets and Smartphones, and all for free.
 
"This, coupled with accessibility worldwide, was for us, an important element of this project.”
 
Hawk-Eye’s Managing Director, Stephen Carter said, “We are delighted to be part of this innovative collaboration with the BBL.
 
"Following our trials with networks across multiple American sports, including basketball and baseball, we feel our technology is the perfect match for the BBL and we look forward to developing this partnership in 2016.”
 
Meanwhile Kevin Magee, Managing Director of WebcastSport, added, “WebcastSport is proud to be the web streaming partner for the BBL.
 
“We are excited to be able to bring our many years of broadcast expertise to one of the UK’s largest sports and to be able to deliver the league live to webcastsport.com viewers free of charge.
 
“The opportunity to collaborate with Hawk-Eye and its new technologies, and the added bonus of our partnership with Skysports.com, will see us take the sport into a new era of interaction with the fan base.”
 
Photo: Tayo Ogedengbe (Surrey Scorchers) and Stephen Carter, Managing Director, Hawk-Eye Innovations with a Hawk-Eye automated HD camera.​​
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4h9E-0yWw8

Basketball Wales Activators Coaching Course
Nov 2, 2015, 6:18 pm


Meet the Board - Part 3
Oct 17, 2015, 10:25 am

Meet the Board - Part 3 

 

Haydn Jones (Director)

 
Background 
 
Involved in basketball for over 30 years. Played club basketball in Swansea and represented Wales at U19 youth level. (Long before the Promotions Cup and Division C!)
I qualified as a floor official at the age of 16 and after many years in Local Leagues took the decision to officiate in England from 2000. 
I qualified as an International Referee in 2005 and have officiated at 2 women's Eurobasket Championships in 2011 & 2013, including the semi-final in 2011. I also officiated at the first Euroleague Women Final 8 in Istanbul in 2012.
I have officiated 10 major cup and play-off finals in the BBL.
 
Hope and ambitions 
 
To see basketball played in schools as a first choice indoor sport, and to see BW be commercially strong on its own merits. 
 
Favourite player 
 
 There is only one... Michael Jordan. He transformed the game and the dynamic of the whole sport. 
 
Interesting fact 
 
I was fortunate enough to officiate a pre-Olympic friendly between GB and the USA. My first foul call was on Kobe Bryant!

Meet the Board - Part 2
Oct 15, 2015, 3:34 pm

Meet the Board - Part 2 

 

Stef Collins (Director)

 
Background 
 
Played basketball for over 20 years
Played NCAA Division 1 at St. Bonaventure University. Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. Atlantic 10 All-conference Team Honours and All-academic team Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Year.
Played in the EBL Division 1 and now WBBL for 9 seasons
BUCS Championship Title 3 years a in row as a player (2008, 2009, 2010)
EBL Division 1 league champions in 2011-2012
EBL Division 1 play-off final winners in 2009-2010
Player-coach of the Cardiff Met Archers since 2011, winning the England Basketball National Cup in 2015
London 2012 Olympian
Played in three Eurobasket competitions - 2011, 2013, 2015
Undertaking MSc Strength and Conditioning 
MA Sports Development & Coaching
BA Physical Education 
Coached across all age groups
Wales Female Development Coach from 2009-2011
 
Hope and ambitions 
 
To increase the number of female basketball players and the profile of the sport in Wales
 
Favourite player 
 
Steve Kerr and Courtney Vandersloot 
 
Interesting fact 
 
125 Caps for GB Womens Basketball Team

Meet the Board - Part 1
Oct 15, 2015, 12:58 pm

Meet the Board - Part 1 

 

Dr Steve Lloyd (Chair Basketball Wales)

 
Background 
 
Over 50 years involvement with Basketball
Former national league player in England
Former Welsh international player and Coach
Former CEO Basketball Wales
Former guest coach Oregon State University USA
Teaching degree, Masters degree and PHD in fitness and health
Former Local Authority Physical Education Inspector
Past President British Association of Advisers and Lecturers in Physical Education
Currently President of the Institute of Expert Witnesses
 
Hope and ambitions 
 
To build on the good work of everybody connected with Basketball Wales and help the game reach its full potential in Wales and the UK.
 
Favourite player 
 
Michael Jordan - fortunate to see him play in the NBA - he was really special.
 
Interesting fact 
 
Running my tenth London marathon with my wife and two sons - a great day for us all!

 


BUCS Registrations 2015/16 Season
Oct 7, 2015, 11:02 am

The affiliation deadline for BUCS Basketball Registration is Friday 30th October 2015, for both BUCS submission forms and payment to governing Body (Basketball Wales)

 

Please be aware that BUCS will not be tolerating late affiliations (or late notification of affiliation to a governing body) and will strictly adhere to the BUCS Basketball regulations.

 

BUCS Teams in Wales need to register your club with Basketball Wales at the link provided (Cost £30)

 

http://www.bwregistrations.com/regist…/club-registration.php

 

then once your club is set up on our system your players can licence individually (cost £17) at the link below

 

http://www.bwregistrations.com/registration/step1.php

 

For any further information email - membership@basketballwales.com


Basketball Wales AGM Director Reports 2015
Sep 20, 2015, 7:22 pm

Basketball Wales Director Reports that were presented at this years AGM in Caernarfon are now available for members to view in the downloads section of the website.


Basketball Wales Individual Registration Portal 2015/16 Open
Sep 14, 2015, 6:45 pm

The Basketball Wales Individual Membership portal for the 2015/16 is now open.

 

http://www.bwregistrations.com/registration/step1.php

 

This is for all Players, Coaches, Officials, Team Followers and Associate Members who need to licence with Basketball Wales to participate in our affiliated competitions. 

 

Before you attempt to licence please check with your club secretary or administrator to ensure your club has registered with Basketball Wales. This will avoid possible delays with your registration.

 

Thank you for registering with Basketball Wales, 

 

 

 


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