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Sep 07 2021

2021/22 Schools League and Pinergy All-Ireland Schools Cup registrations now open

Registrations have opened for the Basketball Ireland Post-Primary Schools U19 & U16 Cup and League for the 2021/22 season. 

Competitions are scheduled to begin on November 1st, 2021. Chair of the Post-Primary School Committee Marie O'Toole commenting on the return of schools to competition said: "We are all really excited and inundated with schools telling us that they are really looking forward to the year ahead. It is however most important to ensure that BI Covid regulations are strictly adhered to as we seek to get schools competition schedules back on track safely."

The entry form for the Schools League is via the online form linked below. A link to the PPSC Schools Regulations is also below.

Schools League Registration 2021-22

  • The link to register BOYS schools in A, B or C Grade only is here.
  • The link to register BOYS schools in D Grade is here.
  • The link to register GIRLS schools in A, B or C Grade only is here.
  • The link to register GIRLS schools in D Grade is here.

PPSC Handbook
The PPSC Schools Handbook which includes Rules and Regulations, Calendar and Contacts for 2021/22 is available here.

In addition to the Schools League Registration open, please note the Pinergy U19/U16 All-Ireland Schools Cup Entry is now open.

Preparations are now underway for the 2021-2022 post primary schools season with the Pinergy U19/U16 All-Ireland Schools Cup competitions being open for entry now.

Speaking about the opening of the Pinergy All-Ireland Schools Cup entry, Basketball Ireland Commercial Manager, Conor Meany said: “We are delighted to see the Schools Cup returning with registration now opening. This year we are especially excited to welcome Pinergy as the competition’s new sponsor. Having worked closely with Pinergy already, we know they are going to make a big impact on our Schools Cup competitions.”

“After the summer of success for Irish teams across Europe, it’s great to be see registration opening for the 2021-2022 Pinergy All-Ireland Schools Cups. We’re looking forward to seeing more and more schools register for these prestigious competitions and increase participation in the game across the country.” - David Slattery, Pinergy Head of Marketing.

Links to the online entry form can be found below. This is the only method of entry into this season’s competition. 

Please note there is one entry form for girls and one for boys.

  • PINERGY U19/U16 GIRLS SCHOOLS CUP ENTRY FORM IS HERE.
  • PINERGY U19/U16 BOYS SCHOOLS CUP ENTRY FORM IS HERE.

It is important to note that this is an All-Ireland competition and may involve significant travel. Due to the later start of the competition, entries will be capped at 16 per competition and will be on a first come, first served, basis.

To be clear, if we reach 16 teams before the deadline of 12 noon of 15th September 2021, the competition entry will be closed. Therefore, entry closes when we reach 16 teams, or the deadline – whichever comes first.

As per previous seasons B & C competitions will be divided North and South in terms of the draw, to minimise travel for this season. The A Cups will also be divided into North and South. This will be based on entries received, so may not always be a straight split. Entry into the competition will still involve significant travel and it is likely it will be outside your region.

Please note the following deadline & important information: 

**Deadline for entry Wednesday 15th September 2021 – 12 noon or when 16 teams per competition is reached 

**The form will be closed after this time, and entries will not be accepted.

For all queries in relation to the Pinergy All-Ireland Schools Cup, please contact Paul Dempsey in the Basketball Ireland office: 01 4590211, or email pdempsey@ireland.basketball

Pinergy U19/U16 All-Ireland Schools Cup Competition Dates: NBB***

Please note the competition dates below and consider other commitments before entering. Please consider all the dates including the latter rounds. Deadlines are set and must be adhered to. 
Deadline for all Round 1 - Friday 12th November 2021
Deadline for all Quarter-finals - Friday 26th November 2021

Semi-final week – Monday 13th – Friday 17th Dec 2021 (venues tbc) - Schools must speak to their principals at the time of application and highlight the semi-final week dates, so schools can consider in-house Christmas exams.

Finals week – Monday 17th – Thursday 20th Jan 2022 (over 3 days tbc) 

Where a team pulls out, or gives a walkover, a penalty of no entry to following year’s competition will apply.

Important Information

  1. You must fill the form in completely in one sitting. 
  2. The information you need to have to hand is as follows:
    a) School Roll number and official school email address
    b) Your Region
    c) The grade you are playing at
    d) The teams you intend to enter
    e) Phone numbers and emails of the direct contact – all correspondence will go to this person. They must have a valid email and phone number, if they do not then another contact must be assigned.
    f) Payment Method – online payment via Stripe, or debit/credit card, or finally EFT details can be requested
  3. Once completed you will receive an email. This email contains the details you registered, entry is not complete until payment is made and PPSC have verified your league entry  
  4.  If you receive this email and have left the school, please try to pass to a current member of staff to take on the communication until a new coach is appointed in September. The information you provide here is the only method we have of contacting schools.

If you have not paid you are not deemed as registered and therefore may lose a place if we get over the quota due to non-payment. Stripe online payment is linked to the form which will allow online payments in real time. Alternatively, we will accept cheques or EFT’s, however entry is not guaranteed until receipt of payment.

Registration Opens:
Tuesday 7th September 2021
Registration Closes:
Wednesday 15th September 12 noon or when we reach 16 entries per competition

This is a strict deadline, and no late entries will be accepted, there will be NO exceptions made. Entry is not complete until payment has been made and completed form returned.

Please note entry for the U14 & U15 Pinergy All-Ireland Schools Cup will open in Oct/Nov and an email will be sent with details once entry is open.