Basketball is back starting with Monday March 29 on outdoor courts

Basketball is back starting with Monday March 29 on outdoor courts

Basketball is back starting with Monday March 29 for all participants with organised sessions for up to 30 people which can take place on outdoor courts. In line with the Government’s roadmap, Basketball England is hopeful of welcoming U18 players back indoors on the 12 April and senior players from the 17 May.

Stewart Kellett, Basketball England CEO, said:

“We have been waiting a very long time for the great news that players outside the elite level of the game can get back to basketball. It’s brilliant that we can now, in a staged and safe way, start to get back to normality.

“We are hopeful that, if everybody follows the guidance in our Return To Play document, we can progress towards playing indoor basketball very soon and get back to fully enjoying the benefits and pleasure our great game brings and rebuilding our sport for a bright future.”

basketball is back
Basketball is back

While it is exciting basketball is returning, the guiding principles of the BE Return to Play guidance remain very important. They are:

The health and safety of members takes precedence above everything else
The guidance is to be applied alongside additional rules provided by venue operators?
The guidance aligns to Government rules and is flexible to allow for changes to be applied quickly
The guidance is based on clubs, organisations and individuals taking responsibility and complying with the requirements.
All clubs and league providers must have a COVID-19 Officer in place to liaise with Basketball England.

What can happen from 29 March?

For Elite Basketball

  • Continuation of training and competition for NBL/WNBL Division 1 teams under RTP level 2 conditions
  • Continuation of training for EABL/WEABL teams under RTP level 2 conditions
  • For Youth (U18)
  • RTP Level 2 – Outdoor only, organised basketball permitted max 30 per court, no spectators.

Non-Elite senior

  • RTP Level 2 – Outdoor only, organised basketball permitted max 30 per court, no spectators.
    Basketball within education
  • Basketball training permitted as part of educational delivery under RTP level 2 conditions.
    Informal basketball – following Government restrictions
  • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”.
  • ‘Organised basketball’ refers to activity carried out by BE-affiliated clubs following BE’s Government-approved RTP guidance. Informal basketball must follow general Government restrictions, which from 29 March means people are allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”.

Returning players to training and competition

BE understands clubs, local leagues and area associations are eager to get back to activity as soon as it is safe to do so.

The primary focus when returning to activity is for clubs and coaches to take a methodical approach to ensure that we do not see a spike in injury rates. We have produced a number of support guides and resources to help clubs plan effectively and encourage everyone to take a responsible approach that doesn’t further hinder the sports resurrection.

It is suggested players follow our 6-week Game Ready reintroduction programme to reduce the risk of injury following the lockdown period.