During the Executive meeting of IWBF in April Walter Pfaller proposed to establish an international players break. The rationale behind this proposal is that there are growing calls to provide ‘breaks’ in domestic league schedules to provide support for national teams to enable them to train.
Some clubs have challenged the release of players for international training.
By this break we provide national teams a window to the sport of wheelchair basketball and the pinnacle of wheelchair basketball performances. It is appropriate for IWBF and everyone involved in wheelchair basketball to support the international game.
The proposal is to preserve the weekend following New Year and Easter weekend for international players (Men and Women) for national team training/games.
Clubs with international players may not play on these weekends.
The international player-break proposal is a recommendation for the season 2016/17.
With the season 2017/18 the international player break regulation will be compulsory, if the congress next year accept this proposal.
Failure to comply with this will result in a fine of up to 500 EUR for the club concerned, which have to be paid to the Zonal organisation.
At World level is still a draft version as all zones of IWBF have to agree, but IWBF-Europe has decided to implement this proposal.