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LABL Policy on Player Registration & Licensing
This league operates a strict policy of ensuring all clubs, team personnel and officials who operate under LABL are fully registered and licensed.

We perform our own checks with Basketball England for each new official, league player or new team that participates in LABL. This means that we are unable to allow exceptions to this rule. As a league, we have duty to ensure that our officials are registered with us and licensed with Basketball England. Similarly, clubs have a duty to ensure that they are registered with their respective league and have registered their team with Basketball England. 

Those who are not licensed by Basketball England do not have any personal liability insurance cover which means that in the event of injury, the injured party may find it difficult to obtain legal compensatory recourse from the uninsured person who caused the injury. Furthermore, it is not possible to track unlicensed officials or team personnel following disciplinary or other proceedings, which means there may well be legitimate and proper reasons for an unlicensed person not to participate in a game which could put other game participants at risk.

Basketball England Policy on Player Registration & Licensing
Basketball England imposes fines on any person or team who knowingly allows a player to participate in a game without a licence. We also refuse to appoint officials who are unlicensed with Basketball England.  

Licensed but no licence cards
We understand that at the start of the season, teams, players and officials are awaiting to receive the new Basketball England photo licence cards. We also understand that players who we know are licensed can occasionally forget to bring their licence card to a game. However,Basketball England have made it clear to us during the current season Officiating Conference which took place in September 2015 that the following shall apply:

1) Whilst a player is awaiting his/her licence from Basketball England, they are allowed to play in that game provided that they provide upon request a printed hardcopy of an email from Basketball England with their name, licence number which is dated no later than the weekend prior to the game about to be played. 

2) It is acceptable for players to show a softcopy of such an email using mobile devices provided the other conditions apply (correct name, licence number, date received since last weekend). 

3) It is not possible to accept a digital image of a licence card on a mobile device or otherwise. If a player does not appear with a license, even though they are licensed and have their licence card at home, unless they have the email as stated in 2) above, they will not be allowed to play.

These are not LABL rules, but rules created by Basketball England. We will try to make it clear to all teams that this rule is universal and unless Basketball England amend these them, they will be fully enforced by LABL throughout this season.