This enhancement to our protocols has been set out in response to NBL and WNBL clubs reporting that they would feel more comfortable playing, and officials reporting that they would feel more comfortable officiating, with an additional safeguard in place.
The introduction of testing aims to:
We strongly advise that if you as an individual do not feel the measures are adequate for the safety of you and your family, you should not partake in the sport. No one should place pressure on individuals to attend basketball fixtures if they feel it is not safe to do so.
These protocols are outlined as extension measures to the current Basketball England Return to Play Guidance which can be found here, and the BBL/WBBL Secure Play document. All relevant protocols should be followed at all times for the relevant competition.
We hosted a webinar on Wednesday 3 February to explain this testing and to give a demonstration. Please use the below buttons to access the recording of the session (passcode: c7@hsGw5) and to view the presentation.
Please note that the webinar was recorded prior to the implementation of testing in the BBL/WBBL.
We have provided NBL and WNBL clubs with Lateral Flow tests (LFT). LFT’s identify specific antigens to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) that will be present if the individual has COVID-19. BBL and WBBL clubs also have LFT's provided to them.
LFT’s allow quick turnaround results for positive tests. They are known to have an accuracy of 67-75% if completed twice a week with trained staff. However, the ‘Gold Standard’ testing is a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test which is conducted by the NHS Test and Trace system. In this instance, Basketball England are using LFT’s to identify asymptomatic individuals before they are able to spread the COVID-19 virus amongst other participants in the game.
If an individual is presenting with symptoms prior to the LFT then they should not have the test but they should self-isolate and contact the NHS COVID testing website to get a PCR test.
We are asking officials to conduct the LFT themselves. For an official’s first game following the publication of this protocol (2 February), the official will be required to test themselves at the venue of their game for NBL and WNBL games. For BBL and WBBL games, there is no requirement to test at your first game.
At the same game, the official should collect two additional LFTs. One of these tests is to be kept as a spare.
You should take a LFT as close to 6pm the night before a game you are scheduled to officiate. This test will cover you for 72 hours following taking the LFT. For example, if you have a game on a Friday and Sunday, taking a test on Thursday at 6pm, will cover you for any games up until Sunday evening.
Should the LFT return a positive result, the official should isolate immediately for 10 days and inform:
If you are assigned the game by a local officiating coordinator then please contact them directly.
The tests that will be used are the nasopharyngeal swab tests.
An invalid test should be repeated.
You must store any tests you keep at home in a separate bag and not dispose of the bag for at least three weeks.
If there is a positive result with the LFT the individual is required to self-isolate immediately (along with members of the same household) for 10 days. We advise that the individual takes a PCR test. If the PCR test returns a negative result, then isolation is no longer required.
If the LFT is taken at the venue (first game from the publication of this protocol), and a positive result is returned, any officials that have travelled in the same vehicle as the individual with the positive result will also have to isolate for 10 days as they are deemed a ‘COVID contact’, unless the PCR test of the person who tested positive using LFT returns a negative result.
If a referee receives a positive result with the LFT then the following protocol is triggered:
*The official should try to contact Shaun Williams (07739319674) in the first instance, followed by Simon Unsworth (07904029110), and finally Charlie Ford (07890174054).
If a table official receives a positive result with the LFT then the following protocol is triggered:
If a statistician receives a positive result with the LFT then the following protocol is triggered:
It is common for antigen tests to remain positive for some time after initial COVID-19 infection, which is representative of viral shedding and not necessarily infectivity. Advice from Public Health England is not to repeat antigen testing (LFT or PCR) for 90 days unless new development of symptoms.
If symptoms consistent with COVID-19 develop, repeat antigen testing is indicated by using a PCR test, therefore, all persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 (through either routine or following display of symptoms) and have completed their required isolation period, should not undergo repeat antigen testing for 90 days - unless new development of symptoms occurs.
NHS guidance suggests that an individual who has tested positive for Covid-19 should not take a further antigen test until 90 days unless new symptoms develop. If this applies to you, please ensure you inform us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. You only need to take a test the night before your first game which would cover you for 72 hours.
Yes, this webpage covers officials registered to Basketball England operating in NBL, WNBL, BBL & WBBL.
Should you have received a negative PCR test within 72 hours of a game you are scheduled to officiate, you are not required to take a LFT.
Similarly if you have taken a LFT within 72 hours of a game you are scheduled to officiate and have tested negative, you are not required to take a LFT from the club.
If you are already taking two LFTs a week, you are not required to take an additional LFT for BE.
Please inform us by emailing email@example.com if this is the case.
We have made the decision to introduce this extra safeguard to protect those in our sport. Regrettably should an official not wish to be tested, then they would be unable to attend games.
The test should take place at least one hour before the scheduled tip-off time. We are asking officials to arrive at least one hour fifteen in advance when a LFT is to be taken.
Please note you are only tested at the venue for your first NBL or WNBL game. This is not valid for BBL and WBBL games.
You will need to inform firstname.lastname@example.org and return to the start and act as if this is your first game.
We advise that if possible, a member of your household picks you up from the venue and takes you home. If this is not possible, we advise that you take a taxi home adhering to social distancing and hygiene protocols at all times.
Yes. Please email email@example.com should you need to claim travel expenses for a game you have travelled to but have been unable to officiate.
This is valid only for NBL and WNBL games. It is not valid for BBL and WBBL games.