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CBL is an outreach basketball league for intercity men, ages 18 and older. CBL will serve as an outlet to regain brotherhood, redirect lives, and repair the breach, one player at a time.


Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

League Involvement

Involvement for teams or players may be subject to league fees.

Please download proper registration forms and contact us for more information.

League Bylaws
Team Owner Registration

League Schedule

 Games are held at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (15 N. Maple St., Akron, Ohio 44303)

 CBL’s playing season will be comprised of (7) scheduled game days

      League special event dates will be announced prior to season start date (i.e Dunk Contest, All star game).

      League end activities will proceed the final scheduled game day (i.e. Playoffs).

 Games times are 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm.



A. Players in CBL must be eighteen (18) years of age or older prior to the start of league play.

B. Players will not be allowed to play on more than one team in the same league during a season. If a player’s name is found on two teams, the player shall belong to the team they play for first.



A. Each team will be allowed a maximum of 10 players.

B. Final rosters must be turned in to the League Commissioner by the 1st round of the Playoffs.

C. Rosters must include: Names, numbers and email addresses of players.


A. All team members must have matching and complete team uniforms (tops, bottoms) at all times.

     No t-shirts allowed during official games.

B. Uniforms must have team name and/or logo and number. 

C. Any player not in uniform will not be permitted to play.

D. Uniforms will be given to All-Star game players for the duration of the All-Star game.


General Playing Rules

A. Every team must have a coach/team manager. The coach cannot be a playing member. If a player stands as the coach they are not permitted to play that game.

      a. In the event the team does not have a coach they must forfeit their game.

B. Line-ups must be turned in to the Scorekeeper at least 10 minutes prior to game time. Line-ups must indicate last name, first name initial and the jersey number.

C. Games will begin with a jump ball. After that, possession will alternate.

D. A total of four (4) Time-Outs will be allowed per game. (2) Time-Outs per half, (1) may carry over.

E. At minimum (4) players must be on the court and ready to play at game time or the game will be declared a forfeit. Players in the bleachers, parking lot or outside are not eligible. Teams MAY NOT use a time out to delay the start of a game.  There will be no grace period for late players to arrive before declaring a forfeit.

F. If a team forfeits two (2) league games due to lack of players at the start of a regularly scheduled game, the team will be dropped from the league with no refund of entry fee and all teams scheduled to play the offending team for the remainder of the season will receive a win by forfeit. Make-up games can be agreed on by Official Board and Team Managers.

G. Illegal players will result in a forfeit by the violating team. (i.e. underage players, suspended players)

H. Cursing will not be tolerated; cursing will result in a technical foul. Two technical fouls will result in suspension in the current game and the next scheduled game.

I. Penalties Resulting In Ejection

      If a player is ejected from a game he will not be permitted to play in the next scheduled game.

      If a player is ejected from (2) games for any reason he will be permanently released from the league.

J. Blood Rule – a player, coach or official who is bleeding or who has blood on their uniform shall be prohibited from participating further in the game until appropriate treatment can be administered. If medical care or treatment is administered in a reasonable length of time, the individual will not have to leave the game. The length of time considered reasonable is left to the official’s judgment. Uniform rule violations will not be enforced if a uniform change is required. However, players should be prepared with a like colored t-shirt or jersey on standby.

K. The official shall: • Stop the game and allow treatment if injured person would affect the continuation of play. • Immediately call a coach or other authorized person to the injured player. • Apply the rules of the game regarding substitutions, re-entry, and shorthanded player if necessary. CBL will have a medical care specialist available for each game.


Time Allotment

A. There will be a 2-minute warm up period allowed prior to each game (time permitting).

B. An official game shall consist of four 10 minute quarter with a running clock. The running clock will stop for all timeouts. Whistles will stop the clock only in the final 2 minutes of the 2nd half.

C. A four (4) minute half time will be observed.

D. All substitutions must check in at the scorer’s table and wait for an official to allow them to enter the game.

E. Overtime – Any game ending in a tie will be continued with a two (2) minute overtime. One additional time-out will be awarded per team, per overtime. The running clock stops only for timeouts and during the last minute of the overtime.

F. Tie-Breaker Procedure If the game is still tied, a sudden death period will be played until any point(s) is scored.

G. League Directors reserves the right to call the game at any time. 


Conduct/Discipline Policy

A. Any Player, coach or manager ejected from any league game will be suspended for the remainder of current game and next scheduled game.

B. Players, coaches or managers who have been ejected/suspended must leave the facility and grounds immediately or the team will forfeit the game, and must not return until the completion of the suspension.

C. Suspensions will carry over from season to season. Example: A player suspended for the final game of the season will also be suspended for the first game of the next season.

D. Physical violence, especially attacks on a game or tournament official immediately before, during or after a game or fights/confrontations between players/teams will result in an immediate one (1) year suspension and/or banishment from the Christian Basketball League.

E. The officials have the authority to remove a player, coach, manager or spectator from a game and/or forfeit the game due to unsportsmanlike conduct. This shall include, but is not limited to, profanity, threats of any kind toward the officials or scorekeeper, fighting (before, during or after the game), any intoxicated condition detected by the officials before or during the game or any flagrant foul as determined by the officials.

F. The CBL prohibits the use of alcohol in its facilities or in the parking lot. Smoking is prohibited in any City of Akron Facility.



A. Protests based on interpretation of the rules and player eligibility will be accepted. Protests based on judgment calls will not be accepted.

B. All protests must be executed in the following manner:

    • The notification of intent to protest must be submitted to the scorekeeper before The CBL reserves the right to add, delete or amend the rules and regulations at any time for the betterment of the program. The scorekeeper must make a note on the score sheet as to what is being protested and notify the officials that game is being played under protest.

    • If protesting player eligibility you must submit the first and last name and the number of the player in question. If the player is found ineligible the offending team will forfeit the game in question. Note: Both line-ups will be checked for eligibility.

C. There will be no refund of any fees or league dues to team/player or coach for any reason, unless otherwise stated by CBL board

D. The CBL reserves the right to exclude any team/player or coach from eligibility to participate in CBL league play without refund of any fees or league dues.  



 All team awards will be determined by team owners and coaches. All league awards will be determined by league board. 

 All-Star weekend events will consist of a 3-Point Shoot out, Dunk Contest & The All-Star Game

     o Dunk Contest & 3 Point Shoot out will receive $100 cash prize

     o Rules for All-Star weekend events will be given prior to the start of events



A. Playoffs will be conducted at the conclusion of league play. Playoff options will be implemented as deemed appropriate by the League Commissioner.

B. The top eight CBL teams will be in the playoffs.

C. Playoff bracket will be determined by league standings.

D. Ties will be broken according to head to head competition; point differentials; whether a team has a forfeit in their record; head to head competition against the team just above tied teams in the standings (or just below in the case of a 1st place tie).

E. The CBL Championship Game will consist of a best of 3 games series following the Playoffs. 

F. All Playoff games will consist of:

12 minute quarters. The clock will stop on all dead balls the entire game. 


OVERTIME: 5 minutes/ clock stops.

The CBL reserves the right to add, delete or amend the rules and regulations at any time for the betterment of the program.
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