British Wheelchair Basketball’s Junior League will return this weekend as Round 1 of the 2021/22 competition gets underway.
Returning after an 18-month absence due to the pandemic, BWB’s junior competition will feature 10 teams this season with the opening round of fixtures taking place in Pool A and Pool C on 30 October 2021. The three teams in Pool B will begin their competition in November.
The mixed competition has been the starting point for many GB internationals and sees players aged between 13-18 years-old compete in a mixed league (players must be aged 17 or younger on 31 August 2021 to be eligible to play).
How does the competition work?
This season’s Junior League season will follow the same format as previous years with teams split into separate pools based on their geographical location. Each team host one round of pool games featuring two opposition teams.
Two points will be awarded for a win, while one point for a defeat.
The top-eight teams will then qualify for the annual ‘Elite 8’s’ which will be hosted at Wildcats Arena, Nottingham on Saturday 23 April 2022 in the usual knock-out format.
The two finalists at the end of the Elite 8s competition will then go head-to-head in the Junior League Final which will be played at the National Championship Finals in May 2022.
Which teams will compete in 2021/22?
Mohawks, Scottish Wizards, Wakefield Whirlwinds
North Wales Knights, South Wales Fletchlings, West Coast Warriors
Aces WBC, London Titans, Thames Valley Kings, The Bears
Which teams are hosting Round 1?
Saturday 30 October, hosted by Mohawks
Richard Rose Morton Academy, Wigton Road, Carlisle, CA2 6LB
Sunday 21 November, hosted by South Wales Fletchlings
Cynffig Comprehensive School, East Ave, Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, CF33 6NP
Saturday 30 October, hosted by Aces WBC
Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, HP21 9PP
How can you follow the action?
Keep up-to-date on the Junior League competition page, including fixtures, results and pool tables: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/junior-league/