History of the YBL
established in 2014
Where we started...
After a meeting with clubs from around the region, it was agreed that there was not enough opportunities of Basketball for players at junior level to play 'ball, unless it was for National League. So we decided to do something about it!

In May of 2014, the YBL was formed, officially known as the Youth Basketball League. The YBL's main purpose is to offer youth basketball to everyone and spread the game far and wide. The YBL offers competitive Basketball to different age groups within a league structure. The first season of the newly formed YBL was the 2014/2015 season.

With a committee set up of volunteers from clubs at the meeting, in which we set in motion a chain of events that would change the shape of Basketball within the region.  These volunteers used their passion and vision to shape the game into a new direction, giving more opportunities to those who love to play the game. 

The 2014/2015 YBL season offered Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 19 leagues accumulating in the first YBL Championship Finals held at UCB Perry Barr (Birmingham) in June of 2015.

For the 2015/2016 season, the YBL committee decided to expand on the previous season and go with a slightly different format; offering Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19s. The YBL then held a weekend of the YBL Championships, calling it 'The Big Weekend' at the Wellbeing Centre (Nechells), Birmingham in the May of 2016.

The 2016/2017 season was another success for the YBL, with an increase on team participation in most age groups, as well as new clubs joining an ever expanding YBL family.  The Big Weekend 2 was a monumental end to the season; with a superb Semi-Final and Final.

Going from strength to strength and looking forward into the fourth season, the YBL have made two more steps into the right direction.  The first; adding two more leagues for the 2017/2018 season: Under 15 Girls and the WM/YBL (West Midlands/Youth Basketball League) Development League, which has already seen great interest.  The second has been making the YBL into a non-profit organisation.  The YBL, going forward will be called; Youth Basketball League C.I.C (Community Interest Company), but to its close friends and clubs; we’re still the YBL!

With our ever expanding family; the YBL is looking for another year of great basketball.


2019 2018/2019 Season
 
YBL Awards
YBL Young Referee of the Year     Shaun Poole
YBL Young Table Official of the Year     Alex Wells
YBL Senior Referee of the Year     Shanaz Kauar
YBL Table Official of the Year     Ocean Fleur-Lewis
YBL Recognition for Services to Club and YBL     Kevin Henry
YBL Directors' Young Adult Special Recognition Award     Owen Phillips
 
YBL Championship Winners
Under 11 Champions   Worcester Bears
Under 13 Champions   Bournville Bears
Under 13 LTG Cup Champions   West Brom Basketball
Under 15 Champions   Worcester Bears
Under 15 LTG Cup Champions   Coventry Tornadoes
Under 17 Champions   Bournville Bears
Under 17 WMFS Trophy Champions   West Brom Basketball
Under 19 Men Champions   WBA D-Squad
Under 19 WMFS Trophy Champions   Bromsgrove Bears
Development League Men Champions   Trojans
Development Women Champions   Lasers
SLW Champions   CoB Rockets Women
 
League Winners for 2018/2019
Under CVL 11 Group A   Leicester Riders
Under CVL 11 Group B   CoB Rockets White
Under CVL 11 Group C   CoB Rockets Red
Under 11 2nd Place 'Play-off Winner'   Worcester Bears
Under 13 East   Coventry Elite
Under 13 West   West Brom Basketball
Under 15 East   Warwickshire Hawks
Under 15 West   Worcester Bears
Under 17 East   Bournville Bears
Under 17 West   Shropshire Warriors
Under 19 Men   WBA D-Squad
Development League Men   Trojans
Premier League Women   Lasers
 

Saturday 18 May 2019
 
  U11
43 55
CoB Rockets White versus Worcester Bears
 
  U13
62 43
Bournville Bears versus Warwickshire Hawks
 
  U15
47 57
Yardley Defenders versus Worcester Bears
 
  U17
74 76
Shropshire Warriors versus Bournville Bears
 
  Premier Women
58 48
Lasers versus Uni of Wolverhampton
 
  U19 Men
83 49
WBA D-Squad versus Frankley Falcons
 
  Development Men
71 55
Trojans versus Walsall 99ers D-Squad
2018 2017/2018 Season
 
YBL Awards
YBL Young Referee of the Year     Ollie Wright
YBL Young Table Official of the Year     Taya Fellows
YBL Senior Referee of the Year     Kevin Henry
YBL Table Official of the Year     Emma Owen
YBL Recognition for Services to Club and YBL     James Robinson
YBL Directors' Young Adult Special Recognition Award     Sean Poole
 
YBL Championship Winners
Under 11 Champions   CoB Rockets
Under 13 Champions   CoB Rockets
Under 13 LTG Cup Champions   CoB Rockets
Under 15 Champions   Frankley Falcons
Under 15 LTG Cup Champions   Frankley Falcons
Under 17 Champions   Redditch Royals
Under 17 WMFS Trophy Champions   West Brom Basketball
Under 19 Men Champions   WBA D-Squad
Under 19 WMFS Trophy Champions   WBA D-Squad
Development League Men Champions   Walsall 99ers
Development Women Champions   Bromsgrove Bears
Premier League Women Champions   Lasers
Handicap Champions   Lasers
Ladies Cup Champions   Lasers
 
League Winners for 2017/2018
Under CVL 11 North   Coventry Tornadoes
Under CVL 11 South   CoB Rockets
Under 13 North   CoB Rockets
Under 13 South   Leadonites Basketball
Under 13 East   Leicester Riders
Under 15 North   West Brom Basketball
Under 15 South   Frankley Falcons
Under 17 North   Coventry Sky Blues
Under 17 South   Redditch Royals
Under 19 Men   WBA D-Squad
Development League Men   Walsall 99ers
Premier League Women   Lasers
 
 
2017 2016/2017 Season
 
YBL Awards
YBL Recognition for Services to Club and YBL     'Ziggy' Cameron
YBL Directors' Young Adult Special Recognition Award     Steve Harris
 
YBL Championship Winners
Under 11 Champions   CoB Rockets
Under 13 Champions   Leicester Riders
Under 15 Champions   Redditch Rockets
Under 17 Champions   West Brom Basketball
Under 19 Men Champions   WBA D-Squad
 
League Winners for 2016/2017
Under 11   CoB Rockets
Under 13 North   Leicester Riders
Under 13 South   Frankley Falcons
Under 15 North   West Brom Basketball
Under 15 South   Redditch Raptors
Under 17 North   Yardley Defenders
Under 17 South   West Brom Basketball
Under 19 North   WDA D-Squad
Under 19 South   Bromsgrove Blaze
 
 
2016 2015/2016 Season
 
YBL Awards
YBL Directors' Young Adult Special Recognition Award     Nick Gibbs
 
YBL Championship Winners
Under 11 Champions   CoB Rockets A
Under 13 Champions   Bromsgrove Bears
Under 15 Champions   Frankley Falcons
Under 17 Champions   West Brom Basketball
Under 19 Men Champions   Bromsgrove Blaze
 
League Winners for 2015/2016
Under 11   CoB Rockets A
Under 13   Worcester Wolves
Under 15 North   Coventry Tornadoes
Under 15 South   Redditch Rockets
Under 17 North   Coventry Tornadoes
Under 17 South   Frankley Falcons
Under 19   Bromsgrove Blaze
 
 
2015 2014/2015 Season
 
YBL Championship Winners
Under 12 Champions   CoB Rockets
Under 14 Champions   Redditch Basketball
Under 16 Champions   City of Birmingham
Under 19 Men Champions   Bromsgrove Blaze
 
League Winners for 2015/2016
Under 12 North   Coventry Tornadoes A
Under 12 South   City of Bimringham
Under 14 North   Coventry Tornadoes
Under 14 South   Redditch Basketball
Under 16 North   City of Birmingham
Under 16 South   Redditch Basketball
Under 19   Bromsgrove Blaze