Designing the courts of the British Basketball League

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Inspired by other threads here, I thought I would attempt to make some courts for the teams of the British Basketball League (BBL).

Not every team has a branded court, so most of these are just interpretations of what could be. I've never designed courts before, so hopefully these will be ok.

The court template is something I've created, so there might be some inaccurracies with the line placement etc.

Its a little small to make out, but I've also tweaked the BBL logo to add a shadow to the ball. Just to give it a little more depth.


Ok, to start us off, we have two of the oldest teams in the league.


Leicester Riders (2020-21 BBL League Champions)

Leicester, England
BBL Championships: 5



Newcastle Eagles
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
BBL Championships: 7


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Up next, the two teams that had new logos for the '20-'21 season.


Cheshire Phoenix

Ellesmere Port

BBL Championships: 2


I've not gone too complicated on this one. And I've incorporated the laurel leaf/flame motif from their previous logo.



Manchester Giants

Belle Vue, Manchester

BBL Championships: 0



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Manchester's court looks gorgeous! I'd be curious to see it with the light greens dots having ever-so-slightly randomized shades, but it's not really necessary.


Cheshire has a solid design, and the placement of the flames are excellent, but I think it would be improved if the flame pattern was stained rather than being negative space in the stain inside the 3-point line. Also, you might try a navy outline for the court so that yellow and white don't touch... Idk if that's enough contrast for an easy out-of-bounds call!


I really like the nice use of gradient for Leicester! Not your fault, but their primary logo sucks, so I'd replace it in the middle with the horseshoe alternate logo. Then I'd ditch the wood-stain horseshoes, because I'm not really feeling it overlapping multiple colors. Finally, the wordmark is nice, but I'd rotate it a bit so its bottom edge aligns with the endline.


Finally, I'm not a big fan of the design for Newcastle. The key coloring is nice, but the black and gold feel too distant to make a nice gradient. I'd replace that part with solid black, maybe with gold stripes inspired by the logo. I like the font for the end line wordmarks, but I assume "Eages" is a typo. If you'd be willing to put that font on the center-court logo, that might be an improvement, or you could cut out the eagle from the roundel and use that as your center-court logo.


Anyways, nice work here! Never knew about this league before, but after looking them up, it seems you're making some big upgrades!

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Thanks for the comments both!


I'd not conisdered the yellow/white line issue with Cheshire before - so thanks for that. I'll certainly have a go a changing things around with that one.

For Leicester, I did tone it down a bit, originally there was a cinqfoil in place of the secondary logo.

(BTW if you think their current logo is bad, you should see their previous one! They definatly got an upgrade).


As for Newcaslte - yep... you're right - there's a typo! D'oh! It was the first court I did too... you'd think typos would occur later down the line.


They do have the Eagle as their primary logo, the roundel is what they use on their social media page. I think I will update the wordmark to actually match the existing one.


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I found I'd already created the Eagles wordmark (yet managed to forget to use it!).

So here's a revised court. I have kept the roundel for now - just found the standalone Eagle got lost - I'm going to see how to work around that - maybe an outline.



And also, the court for the Raiders.

Yes, there are two teams with similar names. Just one of those quirks of the league I guess. You've got to feel for the comms team when the Raiders and Riders play each other.


They use a pinstripe on their jersey, so I've gone with that - although it does give it a little bit of a gridiron field feel.


There's talk of them relocating to Birmingham if they can't get a  deal with the Pavilions, but here for now are the Plymouth Raiders.


Plymouth Raiders
Plymouth, Devon
BBL Championships: 0


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Had a go at revising the Nix court. The blue has a better impact, and I've gone for a lighter court courtesty of pelicanfan.




I've also re-tweaked the Riders. Removing the '67 horseshoe' and adding back the cinqeufoil motif I'd done in an earlier draft.



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Two new courts for today.


London Lions
Hackney Wick, East London
BBL Championships: 1

The centre court logo forms part of their primary logo, but they seem to be using just the ball and paw on social media so I went with that.


Surrey Scorchers
Guildford, Surrey
BBL Championships: 1

I'm not a huge fan of the Scorchers logo; its one of those logos that I may eventually try and redesign, but for now, hopefully I've adapated their scheme well for the court.


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Rounding out the current teams in the league...

Glasgow Rocks
Dalmarnock, Glasgow
BBL Championships: 0 *
* The team was leading the league when the 2019-20 season was cancelled, which would have earned them their first title.

Court wise, I intended to go with a tartan pattern - the detail didn't quite work out; so its a check not a tartan for now. This is something I intend to work on.



Sheffield Sharks
BBL Championships: 4
I went with a pattern that by hapenstance could be deemed as sharks teeth (or a huge backgammon board). I then took inspiration from the teams Twitter hashtag 'fear the fin' and added that in a lighter wood stain.
I've also recoloured their logo, to add the yellow for the basketball (currently its grey), just to make it stand out more.



Worcester Wolves
BBL Championships: 0

I wanted to go for something asymetrical, and Worcester just worked out being that team. I'm quite pleased how this one worked out.



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I preferred Cheshire's original court with the yellow.  The contrast between white and yellow wouldn't matter as long as it looks fine because touching the white is out-of-bounds just as the yellow is.


These are all fantastic!  I don't know why since there's not much to there logos, but I'm really drawn to the Manchester one.

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Thanks for the compliment. :)


I guess the only other alternate for Phoenix is to have a think blue border around the court and keep the yellow as the main colour block.


And yes, Manchester's logo simplicity is something that makes it work as a whole package. Their old logo wasn't too bad - especially complared to the awful original Giants team logo,



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Time for a bonus round.


Two of the most recent defunct teams in the league. The 'gone too soon' London City Royals (2018-2020) and the Leeds Force (2006-2018).


London City Royals
Crystal Palace, London
BBL Championships: 0


I went with a London Undergroud motif for the wordmark, and added the stylised crown to either side of the court.




Leeds Force
Headingly, Leeds
BBL Championships: 0


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