Official Statement Regarding BBL Decision

We are very disappointed with the decision made by the disciplinary committee at a recent hearing regarding our game against Manchester Giants on September 20th 2019.

The Rocks fully acknowledged that we made a basic error that resulted in us fielding 3 players that did not have full clearance from Basketball England, this was purely an admin error that we were not aware of until the day after the game, all 3 players were fully registered within 3 business days of realizing the error, for the avoidance of doubt it was an error around process rather than eligibility.

The decision to ask us to pay a substantial fine and to replay the game in Manchester hits us hard twice. We feel there was a precedent set last year for a more serious and prolonged offence, one that in our opinion was of greater significance but had a much smaller fine attached and no suggestion of replaying any games.

We reluctantly accept the findings of the panel and will not be making any further comment on this matter at this time.


Duncan Smillie