Growing Basketball in New England

New England has over 2,000 players across eight associations, with many children and teenagers looking for more local opportunities to participate.

New England Basketball

The very first Northern Inland Basketball League (NIBL) kicked off in September 2022 and was created after 18 months of community consultation within the local area.  After the success of its inaugural year, NIBL is returning in 2023, aiming to provide yet more opportunities for locals to participate and develop in all areas of the sport; as players, coaches, referees, managers and scorers.

New England has over 2,000 players across eight associations, with many children and teenagers looking for more local opportunities to participate.  Working together with local associations, NIBL focuses on providing local opportunities for kids to build skills and play while keeping costs low and affordable. 

It’s an exciting time to play basketball in New England. The opportunities outlined below extend to kids in all towns in the region, no matter if you are a part of an association, play school basketball, or shoot hoops in the backyard. Everyone is welcome to try this fun, dynamic team game!


Glen Innes


  1. Local Sign up days, with skills, drills, games & referee development
  2. Mega Gala Day where everyone comes together
  3. Northern Inland Basketball League (NIBL) Tournament


Northern Inland Basketball League (NIBL)


Free Local Gala Days

Learn how to play basketball with skills and games, as well as the fundamentals of coaching and officiating the game.

Gunnedah 6th August 2023
Tamworth 13th August 2023
Glen Innes 13th August 2023
Inverell 19th August 2023
Armidale 26th August 2023


Player Skills & Games :

  • U10/U12: 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • U14/U16/U18: 11:00am – 2:00pm (includes refereeing)
  • Intro to Coaching: 10:00am – 2:00pm (ages 15+)
  • Learn to Referee: 11:00am – 2:00pm (ages 12+)
Mega Gala Day

Following the local gala days, the Mega Gala Day will run on the 10th of September 2023. Players from all over the region will come together and participate in a coaching clinic (skills & games) with local coaches and Basketball NSW coaches. Players will register individually and be placed into scrimmage teams on the day.

While the skills session is running, parents, siblings and community members will have the opportunity to attend the below courses for FREE (please note, registration is a must as all courses include an online learning component that must be completed prior to the Mega Gala Day):

  • Community Referee Course will be a combination of online learning prior to the day and an on-court referee workshop run by Basketball NSW technical officials development officer Adam McIntyre. Adam will run you through the basics and set you up to be able to officiate NIBL and junior games of basketball (ages 12+).

  • Scoretable Level 1 Course will include a 30min Courtside video that must be viewed prior to the Mega Gala Day and a face-to-face workshop run by international (FIBA) scoretable official Greg Stevenson. This course is ideal for parents/guardians who have children playing in local competitions & NIBL (ages 16+).

  • Club Coach Accreditation (formerly known as level 1), coaches who are wanting to receive their coaching accreditation will register to attend two 90min online sessions prior to the Mega Gala Day. The on-court portion will be completed during the coaching clinic. Coaches who do not wish to complete their club coach accreditation can still jump on court and learn during the Mega Gala Day (ages 15+).

FREE BBQ (sausage sizzle) for all registered participants – come along for a great day of learning and fun!


  • Check In: 8:30am
  • Mega Gala Day: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Registrations links are available below.

Northern Inland Basketball League (NIBL)

Northern Inland Basketball League (NIBL) is a Regional Junior Development Competition that is based on participation and fun.

The league will provide a low-cost representative basketball experience to the participants in playing, coaching, refereeing, scoring and operations in a development environment.

The aim is to have participants gain experience in a development framework that will enable progress to future representative competitions.

  • Round 1 – 17th September
  • Round 2 – 29th October
  • Finals/Cross-over – 12th November

Referees and coaches will be mentored throughout NIBL and receive on-court feedback, and one-on-one coaching support.

Who can I contact? 

Inquiries are directed to your local or nearest association. To stay up to date with information, LIKE our Facebook page


It’s now time to register for the Mega Gala Day and get yourself into the league! To register to attend the Mega Gala Day and play at all rounds, please use the link below.

Player Registration
Referee/Coach/Scoretable Registration – All referee/coaching/scoring courses are FREE for NIBL

How is the competition set up?

The overall structure of the competition is yet to be locked in, as this will depend on the number of registered players.  However essentially, players will come together to play in their age groups against other junior players from surrounding towns including: Armidale, Inverell, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Scone, Quirindi and Narrabri.

In each round, participants will play 2-3 games.

Who can register?

Male and females 8-17 years old in 2023. 

Age groups below:

Girls Divisions
Girls U10s: Born 2014 & 2015 (all girls welcome)
Girls U12s: Born 2012 & 2013 (all girls welcome)
Girls U14s: Born 2010 & 2011 (all girls welcome)
Girls U16s: Born 2008 & 2009 (all girls welcome)
Girls U18s: Born 2006 & 2007 (all girls welcome)

Boys Divisions
Boys U10s: Born 2014 & 2015 (all boys welcome)
Boys U12s: Born 2012 & 2013 (all boys welcome)
Boys U14s: Born 2010 & 2011 (no Div 1 rep players)
Boys U16s: Born 2008 & 2009 (no Div 1 rep players)
Boys U18s: Born 2006 & 2007 (no Div 1 rep players)

Note that divisions are subject to change depending on the number of players registrations received.

Hosting associations in the north and south will run a central venue for a round with a maximum travel time of 2-2.5 hours.


Members of an association: $60
Non-members: $80
Coach, Scoretable & referee courses: FREE
Players who sign up and pay for NIBL 2023 will receive a playing uniform at the Mega Gala Day, which they will then wear to all of the rounds! The uniform is included in the $60/$80 fee.

Need for information?

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be registered with an association to play?

For participants not registered with an association, they will need to pay a $20 Basketball NSW registration fee that will cover the NIBL competition only. If participants want to join a local association, they must pay the full BNSW and association fees.

Can I register a team for NIBL?

Participants will register individually. After the Local Gala Day, players will be placed into teams and emailed before round 1. We will do our best to ensure the teams are as even as possible as our competition is based on participation, having fun, making new friends and developing skills.

For participants not registered with an association, they will need to pay a $20 Basketball NSW registration fee that will cover the NIBL competition only. If participants want to join a local association, they must pay the full BNSW and association fees.

Can I join after the first round?


Can participants play up or down an age group?

The home association will assess if the participant has the maturity, physicality and skill level to compete in the age above. Players can’t play down an age division.

Can kids who participate in the NEJL play?

To ensure the integrity of the development nature of the competition, male NEJL/JPL Div 1 players in U14, U16 and U18 are excluded. All female players in all age groups and all male U10 and U12 players are also welcome to participate.

How much does it cost to participate?

The below costs include participation in the Local Gala Day, Mega Gala Day and three rounds of NIBL. For 2023 only, you will also receive a free playing singlet, shorts and a tee for those who do not already have one.

Members of an association: $60
Non-members: $80 (includes $20 registration fee)
Coach, Scoretable & referee courses: FREE
There is no refund or part refund if you cannot participate in any/all aspects.


The basic philosophy is for the participants to have fun, and enjoyment, make new friends and develop skills.

Game structure:

Timing: two 15min halves, running clock. Half time is 5 min. Time outs are limited to 1 per half. There is no extra time. The clock stops on the whistle in the final minute if the score difference is 10 points or less.

Shot clock – not used in any division.

Zone Defence – is not permitted in any age division.

Finals – The last round will be used as a crossover round where all teams come together in a central location.

Can I request a refund?

No. All fees are non refundable.

As we continue to develop the league, more information will become available. Please continue to watch this page and our Facebook page for updated information

Rounds and Venue Information



Local Sign-up Days 

  • Associations 
  • Skills clinic plus Referee course for players, parents and older siblings
Gunnedah – Complete
Tamworth – Complete
Glen Innes – Complete
Inverell – Complete
Armidale – Complete
Mega Gala Day 

  • Tamworth (North & South)
  • Skills clinic plus Coach, Referee and Scoretable courses for parents, siblings and community members
10th September 2023
Player Registration
Coach/Referee/Scoretable Registration
North – Glen Innes
South – Gunnedah
17th September
North – Armidale
South – Gunnedah
29th October



Finals/Cross-over – 12th November


Learn to Referee & Introduction to Coaching @ Northern Inland Basketball League (NIBL).

Perfect for those who are new to the game and want to get involved. Parents & family members are encouraged to participate. LEARN THE GAME – GET INVOLVED and help grow the game in the Northern Inland Region.

Register HERE


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