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Brighton Open Run (CVL)
4 x events per category - from MAY 2021
Dorothy Stringer School, Brighton

WHAT IS THE BRighton open run(also known as the CVL)

The CBI, Force Basketball and Brighton Cougars have teamed up to offer a unique opportunity to play unofficial basketball games from May 2021 via the Brighton Open Run (also known as "The CVL"). The BOR is an open run for under-12s, under-14s, under-16s and adults where games will be played in a tournament style environment. The run is composed of 4 events of 2 hours where each team will play at least 4 games of 12 minutes.

The BOR is by definiation unofficial as it is designed to encourage basketball participation including beginers. Despite being known as the CVL, it is not an official BE endorsed CVL as it would limit eligibility of new unaffiliated basketball participants. The Open Run therefore allows players that are not affiliated to teams or clubs to play under the club's experienced basketball environment. This will allow them to learn and gain valuable experience about the game as well as having lots of fun before joining a club. Remember, all participants will be required to affiliate to Basketball England after taking part at 4 events. 

Through this initiative, we aim to encourage new coaches, referees and players to take part as a means to obtain experience before joining a club. Although you can also take part if you are part of another club and just look forward to taking part in a fun, healthy community basketball environment. 


We will nevertheless ensure quality of delivery so a qualified level 2 coach or above and will be present every team will need to be led by a responsible adult team leader/coach. We also encourage individual players to contact us to enter offer you a space in a team.





· Under 12s - Saturdays - May 22nd, June 5th, June 19th, July 3rd - 15h00pm-16h50pm *

· Under 14s - Saturdays - May 22nd, June 5th, June 19th, July 3rd - 17h00pm-18h50pm *

· Under 16s - Saturdays - May 29th, June 12th, June 26th, July 10th - 15h00pm-16h50pm * 

· Adults - Saturdays - May 29th, June 12th, June 26th, July 10th - 17h00pm-18h50pm *


* Times may differ by 20 mins.


Dorothy Stringer School

Loder Rd,

Brighton BN1 6PZ






Under 12s , Under 14s, Under 16s and Adults* Players must that age or younger by September 1st 2021. 

*Players aged 16-17 are allowed to take part in the adults competition provided they complete and return the U18s waiver before play.



Players affiliated to National League Conference and Premier are not allowed.



Participants are not required to be registered with BE or BBSX for their first CVL, They will however be required to affiliate to BE on their second CVL (Each CVL is composed of 4 events).



Participants can only register as part of a team However, if you are an individual looking for a team, please email us your interest on info and we will do our best to assign you to a team. You will need to register your personal details online. Payment will need to be arranged with your assigned team leader/coach. 


All players are required to complete the player registration form, read our code of conduct and follow our COVID 19 policy.


Team leaders/coaches are responsible for their teams. This includes:

Ensure team payment is done in time, have all players registered correctly, arrive on time, respect COVID rules, manage the team during games, substitutions and ensuring their players follow the code of conduct. 



Maximum of 6 teams per category and 5-8 players per team. Every team will need to register again for any future CVLs.

Each CVL consists of 4 events. You can bring different players at each event but need to ensure all players are registered online. Once a player is registered in one team, he/she is not allowed to play for another team on that same CVL. In order to give a chance to less experienced players, National League Conference and Premier players are not allowed in the CVL.


Provided we have 6 teams registered at each CVL, we will play a 3-way tournament at each event (Remember one CVL is composed of 4 events). Teams will be rotated at each event so you will play against all the teams in that CVL multiple times. A win will be worth 3 points, a draw 1 point and a loss 0 points. The team with most points will be awarded CVL winner. We aim to organise and deliver the next CVL on a regular basis.



Ideally, coaches should be L2 qualified. L1 coaches or Parents can be allowed provided they sign and return a “team responsibility waiver” prior to the event. As such, they will agree to be responsible for the behavior of their players including making sure all players follow the code of conduct and any COVID 19 safety rules. There will be safeguarding officials and 1st aid qualified individuals present at all events. Coaches/Leaders are also responsible for the team throughout the tournament.



Adapted FIBA 5v5 rules will apply.

In order to save time we will play in one direction only. I.e. no half time. Coin toss will offer the team to chose direction.

Teams will be allowed 1 x 30sec time out.

Players will foul out at 4 fouls. Team fouls after the 6th foul.

No stopping the clock at any time except when requested by the referee at the last minute of the game.

There will be 1 x referee per game. Referees may not be level 2 qualified referees but they will at least be level 2 qualified coaches with experience.

Substitutions will be done following official FIBA rules. i.e. the coach/leader will ask the table for subs which will alert the referee.



£242 per team per CVL (equivalent to £60.5 per event). Registrations are done for one whole CVL which is composed of 4 events of 2 hours each. We cannot take registrations for one event only or individual registrations. Make sure you can make the dates as stated on the calendar of events below and have your coach contact us in advance on to go through any specific details. If you want to register as an individual, please email us We cannot guarantee individual registrations but will do our best to assign you to a team.


You can register maximum 8 players per team and minimum of 5. If you require more players to make up a team email us on as we may be able to allocate a player to your team. Please make sure you bring a minimum of 5 players per event.

Online registration is compulsory for all participants including coaches. Coaches are required to ensure payment is done in time to guarantee your team place at the event. 


CVL Payment is to be organised by the team leader/coach only. We will not accept individual players payment. However, all players are required to complete the registration form on the link below and arrange to pay their team leader/coach promptly. Make sure you tick the correct age group.


Amount: £242

Account Name: Community Basketball Initiative

Account Number: 23171205

Sort Code: 20 12 80

Impotant: Use the payment reference box to let us know what team the payment corresponds to.



In order to offer the best quality of basketball experience, participants are required to abide by our internal set of rules or code of conduct as outlined below:


The CVL is designed to offer a community oriented basketball experience in a fun and welcoming environment with some participants being beginers. We will therefore not follow full official FIBA basketball rules and regulations but will do our best to adjust to the time and space available to us. We expect coaches and players to contribute to this environment and hope you enjoy thoroughly.

Please note: The Community Basketball Initiative reserves the right to temporarily or permanently ban a participant who does not respect these rules.

Below are the basic rules for participating as a player in all age groups:

1. Arrive on time (Or communicate in advance if this is not possible).

2. If you have registered and paid but cannot attend the CVL session, please let us know by email as soon as you can.

3. Respect the calls of officials even if they appear to be wrong.

4. Communicate politely at all times.

5. Always act in a respectful manner within the CVL.

· No swearing.

· No disrespectfully laughing or pointing at other players.

· Actively encouraging players that may be behind in certain aspects of the game.

7. Read through, understand and abide by the COVID 19 rules set up for this CVL.


The CVL is due to start after May 17th 2021 which is set as the date for us to move on to Level 1 "Return to Play" guidance. We are nevertheless comitted to a maximum of 30 individuals per court for this CVL, temperature checks and desinfecting. Other guidelines may be required/confirmed at a closer date.

All players are required to register online prior to attending the event and agree to the code of conduct below. 

Currently no spectators allowed.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the session to allow enough time to go through the COVID 19 procedures for the event. Please make sure you arrive ready to play and with your own drink bottle as there will be no changing rooms available for the time being.


Please pay attention to the safety guidance of the sports hall as you get in. Enter the hall through reception and exit via the fire exit doors of the hall at the back of the building.

Please bring your own ball, drink and equipment and dont share with other players on the court. We will be playing with desinfected balls.

You will be asked to complete BE's screening questions and will have your temperature taken before entering the hall. Please be ready for this to help us do this as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Brighton Open Run (CVL)
4 x events per category - from MAY 2021
Dorothy Stringer School, Brighton