Follow the league rules & respect everyone in the league
About our rules and guidelines in MBL
These rules are always subject to change and will be based on the make of the upcoming season.
These rules are updated for MBL 2K21 Season.
These rules are linked on our sign up form and by joining MBL, you have read and agreed to these rules.
Player Eligibility MBL 2K21
Players who are under the age of 18 are required to have a parental waiver signed to be able to join any MBL event. The age limit for MBL is 45 years old.
Registrants must be medically fit to join competitive sports. It is open to Pros and everyone who loves to compete in the game of basketball.
There are no drafts or tryouts in MBL. It’s an open league, anyone can join our events. MBL is not limited to locals anymore, overseas players may play here if you currently stay in Melbourne.
MBL doesn’t grant visa endorsements for now. Overseas players need to sort this out on their own.
Players who intend to be just a fill-in will not be allowed.
The Season Fee must be paid before the deadline Aug 13, 2021, 9 PM AEST.
There is no Injury Insurance in MBL. We understand players playing at MBL also play in other leagues. In the event of an injury please use your private medical cover or Medicare as we ask this in your registration process.
MBL doesn’t ask players to pay for added insurance premiums on top of their Season Fees as medical injuries are covered by each player’s health covers.
All players on a team must be fully registered and fully paid before the start of the season.
MBL Team Brands are owned, created, designed, and managed by MBL. Usage of these logos is subject to the league’s approval.
Team rosters must have a minimum of 10 players and a maximum of 14 players.
Teams are not allowed to stack players as the maximum number of players of a team is 14. Teams must remove players from their roster if they already capped the maximum that is allowed.
Teams are required to show up on each game 15 minutes prior to their scheduled game.
Teams must only wear the official Litwear jerseys on MBL Games as it represents the league branding.
Teams cannot approach the committee bench unless they are subbing a player.
A player can do mid-season transfers as long as the player has secured his full-season fees and new uniforms for that new team.
A Team can only alter the roster within 5 rounds of the season.
Teams and clubs joining MBL must secure the full season fee of each player prior to the start of the season.
Team names must be family-friendly and not offensive to other cultures and races. It must be changed if it will indirectly or directly portray negativity.
Team names may contain a Business sponsor’s brand.
All teams whether external teams or MBL Brand Teams will wear the league’s approve branded uniforms of the season.
Player Uniforms & Wearables
Litwear is the only official jersey in MBL. All team uniforms must be sourced from the league’s official sportswear partner.
Players are required to wear complete uniforms whenever they play an official season game in MBL. MBL Officials will not allow a player with incomplete uniforms to play in MBL Games.
Earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, fitness watches, any electronic under the uniform, and all metallic accessories are not allowed to be worn while playing.
Sports basketball goggles is the only allowed eyewear in MBL.
Statement baller bracelets are allowed.
Headbands, bandanas, turban & head gears are allowed as they represent culture and personal statements.
COVID Masks are not advised when playing the game. Fracture protective masks are allowed.
Gameplay Elimination Round of MBL 2K21
Games may be played on Saturday nights or Sunday afternoons at Rowville Stadium.
Elimination Round will have a Single Round Robin format.
Regular Season games will have 4 Quarters, 10mins in each quarter in a running time mode, except for the last 2 minutes of the game.
There will be no 24sec shot clock rule except for the last 2 mins of the game.
Each player has five fouls to give.
The minimum number of players a team must have to start the game is 4.
Team Captains will need to approach the committee’s table before the start of the game to verify their current lineup. Players not on the MBL Sporting System will not be able to play.
Teams have two timeouts each quarter. Time runs on these timeouts except for the last 2 mins of the 4th quarter.
Teams can alter their roster within the first 5 games of the season. New players that will be added will need to have a complete uniform and fully settled Season Fees before they can play.
Automatic loss for a team that will put an unregistered player on the game. The game will be considered a forfeited match.
Automatic loss for a team that will play with no full uniform. The game will be considered a forfeited match.
A forfeited match doesn’t have a score. However, the losing team will have a -10 on Team AVG. The stats of players from the winning team will not be affected as if the game didn’t happen. The stats of the players from the losing team will have zero on each category.
Elimination round games have overtime periods now. The game extension is 2 minutes in stop clock mode with 24-sec shot clock rule. Each team has 1 timeout each in OT.
Teams who will forfeit a game will have a demerit of -10 on Team Avg and 2 forfeits will mean instant elimination from the season. When it comes to team rankings, please note that a loss from a forfeit is lower than a loss from a game. The winning team from a forfeit will have the previous score from its most recent game or 50 if the team happens to win by forfeit in Round 1 where it is only the first game of the season.
Teams must notify the league or captains group if they will forfeit the game 24hrs prior to the scheduled game. Failure to notify the league will incur a $150 AUD penalty fee to the team. The reason for this penalty fee is that the league finds this disrespectful of the time and effort of the league and opposing team. Notify the league if your team will forfeit.
Videos cannot be used to overturn a match and whatever the officials on the floor have called out. Videos are only used for technical count, misconduct, and physicality reviews.
The minimum no. of players for a team to play or continue playing a game is four.
Teams cannot alter, replace or add players to their rosters after their 5th Elimination Round Game.
Playoff Games- Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Grand Finals of MBL 2K21
Only the top 8 teams will proceed to Quarterfinals. Team AVG is used for tie-breakers for teams with same ranking W/L. Team AVG is the average of all scores of a team in the regular season. If both teams are tied in Team AVG, we used Win over the other rule.
All Playoff games in MBL 2K21 are knockout games, win or go home.
Players will need to play or in attendance for more than half of the season to be eligible to play for the Playoff Games. e.g If MBL 2K21 has 12 teams, players need to play at least 6 games to be eligible to play for the Playoffs. Preseason Games will count as games played/attended by the player.
Only the Grand Finals games will have 4 Quarters of 10mins per game in full clock mode. There will be 24sec shot clock rule for the entire game.
Two timeouts each qtr. Clock stops during timeouts.
Teams with perfect Regular season record will have a twice-to-beat advantage only on the first instance of a knock-out game.
The overtime period is 2 mins, stop-lock mode. Each team has 1 timeout in OT.
Misconduct and Technical Count
Technical Count (TC) are like demerits & it refers to the number of misconduct and unacceptable actions of a player within the season. It includes.
Player TCs are accumulated within the season. For 10 Technical Counts – season suspension, 6 TCs game suspension (next game).
MBL reserves the right to allow players who will join our league. Because we’re an open league, one of the grounds a player won’t be allowed to play in MBL will be for his/her history of misconduct and unfair plays.
Using swear words is not allowed in MBL as we are creating a family-friendly league here. Be respectful at all times.
Injuries & medical emergencies
MBL doesn’t include insurance fees on registration fees, thus we only help in giving players first-aid in case of an injury.
Calling emergency 000 in case of an emergency will be on a player’s behalf.
MBL has nurses around and has a first-aid kit on hand.
A player cannot ask for a refund for their uniforms once it has been done as they have their number and surnames on it.
We don’t give refunds to players/teams once they have played a game of the season.
It may take 14 days for a refund to complete to a nominated bank account.
A service rendered to a player like a photoshoot and video shoot will be deducted from a player’s fee. Please contact Torch or Drew if you need a refund.
Since 2017, MBL – Melbourne Basketball League has brought amateur local players, professional athletes, overseas rising stars & passionate young ballers together in Melbourne – for the love of basketball. As one of the most watched & followed league in Melbourne, we are here to showcase the firepower of Melbourne ballers in the game of basketball. Follow our journey, it’s GAME ON!