The decision not to make non-elite adult indoor exempt from the new ‘rule of six’ social distancing restrictions has caused confusion and upset for many in the basketball community.
BE has been working hard to press the Government for an explanation of the rationale behind their decision and to lobby for support and a safe revision of their rules around indoor sport.
📹 | @BBCNews— Basketball England (@bballengland) September 30, 2020
We are lobbying Government along with @englandnetball, @VballEngland and others for support and further discussion of the devastating impact caused by recent new Covid-19 restrictions on indoor team sport.#TogetherWeAreBasketbALL pic.twitter.com/VbDfRef1P3
Basketball England CEO Stewart Kellett said: “We thank our members, clubs, teams and volunteers for the dedicated and thorough way in which they have adopted our Return To Play guidance.
“Since the Government’s disappointing decision we have been working hard with Sport England, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), partners and the NGBs of other indoor team sports to seek a fair, safe and consistent way forward for everyone in our game.”
While those discussions are ongoing and with the 2020/21 season only a few weeks away, BE can confirm which national competitions can go ahead under the current Government rules and which have to be suspended.
There are also important updates below to game-day procedure for the competitions which can go ahead.
Elite senior basketball (defined by Government and detailed in Appendix 5 of the RTP document HERE); also education competitive basketball; junior basketball.
Non-elite adult basketball
Basketball England is examining potential options for alternative forms of competition for non-elite adults which comply to the ‘rule of six’ in the form of 3x3 basketball and will release further information as soon as possible.
Basketball remains at Level 2 of the Basketball England’s Return to Play Guidance.
This means spectators are barred from venues and there are restrictions to the total number of people permitted on a court for playing and training scenarios.
In line with this, we have released further guidance for competitive games. The changes include:
Take the following steps to help reduce Covid-19 transmission rates:
If you are self-isolating because someone in your bubble (basketball, school, work etc) has tested positive, then you should NOT get a Covid-19 test unless you have symptoms or you have been asked to by a medical professional or your local council. Self-isolate for 14 days.
Basketball England is asking that clubs use the ProActive Symptom Checker app, advocated by our insurers Howden’s.
From £2 per club, the symptom checker allows all players and staff to fill out the screening questions prior to leaving the house. A green light is sent to those able to train. Clubs can monitor the responses to these questions, speeding up the screening process. (Clubs are still required to take temperatures of everyone at the venue).
BE will provide a training webinar for members. This will be recorded.
Friday 9 October, 4-5pm - Join HERE