EDBA Rules & Information

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History of Exeter & District Basketball Association

Exeter & District Basketball Association (EDBA) was formed in 1960 by Derek Headon (R.I.P. 06/04/1925 to 22/09/2014) amongst others, centred primarily on Exeter it was the focus for many basketball clubs. The league generated lots of interest and slowly took in surrounding areas for clubs looking for a ‘disciplined’ league structure that evolved through time, that’s was sustainable for clubs financially.

The coverage area of EDBA took in most of Devon (apart from the city of Plymouth), but also involved teams from Somerset and Dorset (Dorset eventually formed their own league structure in 2017 after their teams had spent many years within the EDBA structure).

Today there are 3 men’s divisions with teams from Torbay to Taunton / Bridgwater, and North Devon across to Exmouth. EDBA also have the ONLY ladies division in the South West which as well as the areas above takes in Plymouth, and up to very recently Weymouth.

Our season generally runs from mid-September, until March. It involves league games, a Cup competition, post season Play Off Competition and concludes just prior to Easter. There are also ‘All-Star’ games for men and women. The Cup and Play Off Finals and the ‘All-Star’ games all take place where possible at the ‘show court’ at Exeter College which allows a ‘crowd’ of up to 500 to watch!

EDBA offers competitive adult amateur basketball for the area, but several teams also involve junior players. EDBA offer support for any player or official to fulfil their potential with our assisted development fund. They also assist Junior teams with offerings of a league structure to enable anyone interested in basketball to play the game that we all love at their level.

EDBA take pride in being an inclusive organisation, with no boundaries, we have an excellent history in safeguarding and welfare of all our participants at all levels and are registered under the umbrella of Basketball England (BE).

We regularly reach out to different organisations to promote basketball, and assist development at all levels of educational establishments in the area. Our floor officials are highly skilled and have officiated at high levels within the game including FIBA, and all our games have BE registered floor officials with the relevant safeguarding qualifications – our officials also operate at national league level, wheelchair basketball and BUCs.

Chair of Exeter & District Basketball Association:

2018 – present         Karl ROWLAND

History Of Basketball

The history of basketball began with its invention in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith as a less injury-prone sport than football. Naismith was a 31-year old graduate student when he created the indoor sport to keep athletes indoors during the winters. The game became established fairly quickly and grew very popular as the 20th century progressed, first in America and then in other parts of the world. After basketball became established in American colleges, the professional game followed. The American National Basketball Association (NBA), established in 1946, grew to a multibillion-dollar enterprise by the end of the century, and basketball became an integral part of American culture.

Basketball In The UK

Basketball has been played in the UK for nearly 130 years. The sport was first introduced in England in 1892, by the president of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Birkenhead, CJ Proctor. CJ had recently visited Canada where the game had just been invented one year earlier.

Over 300,000 people 16+ play basketball at least twice a month

1 in 4 teenagers have played basketball at least once a month in the last year

12% of these players are in NS-SEC 6-8, meaning that they are from less wealthy backgrounds. This is high compared to many other sports – basketball reaches people from all types of background.

1 in 6 basketball participants are female – we are working to get more women and girls involved in basketball to make this percentage even higher!

Almost 300,000 youngsters in their late teens and early twenties played basketball at least once per week in 2018, according to Sport England’s Active People Survey. That’s more than tennis, rugby union, cricket, netball and other more traditional British sports.

It’s the second most popular team sport in the key 14-to-16-year-old age group as well, with playing numbers soaring by as much as 25 per cent in the space of just a year in various sectors of society – over half of the regular weekly participants are from black or multi-ethnic backgrounds.

Although hundreds of thousands of children in the UK play basketball each week, it is one of the worst-funded sports in the country due to a lack of Olympic success.

Basketball is the second-most popular sport in the United Kingdom for teenagers in disadvantaged urban areas.


League Rules

Full list of EDBA League Rules

More information and complete list of organisation rules and procedures.



Procedure and Guidelines

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and adults at risk in basketball.

List of team venues and local hospital locations.

League Discipline procedure

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