Return to Play update: Basketball’s roadmap out of lockdown

The route back to basketball ‘normality’ is starting to become clearer. 

The Government last week announced a four-step roadmap out of lockdown restrictions and has signalled a potential complete removal of social distancing guidelines by 21 June at the earliest.  

Basketball England has liaised with Sport England and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and can confirm the approach for basketball outlined below in line with the organisation’s established Return to Play protocols. 

Our updated roadmap will see elite basketball continue at RTP Level 2 initially, with the non-elite sectors of the game returning to action in a staged manner, starting at RTP Level 4 and progressing with caution to a full programme across the game. 

Basketball will move between the stages outlined by the provisional dates as the Government deem it safe to do so.  Please note, that in order to align with the four-step approach we have removed Level 3 of our Roadmap and sub-sectioned Level 2 into ‘outdoor onlyand ‘indoor/outdoorsteps. 

All the dates listed are the earliest these conditions will be allowed and are conditional on Government clearance. 

Stewart Kellett, Basketball England CEO, said: 

“Today I had the opportunity to meet Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden and Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson, to discuss the importance of accelerating the recovery of sport and the important role basketball has to play in this. Both were very keen to promote activity in schools, advocate for schools and all education facilities to re-open to the community and embrace clubs, their volunteers and young people.  

“We are encouraged by the publication of the road map as we have been able to plan for a basketball return including capitalising on the thousands of outdoor courts and informal settings this summer and being game ready for a fast recovery for our competitive game. 

"We will be promoting basketball and its benefits with local authorities and the education bodies so they can make the park courts and sports halls available to all as we move towards better times ahead. 

“If the Government’s timetable for recovery works and the basketball community gear up in anticipation, then we have very good reason to feel optimistic about recovery. Let’s keep helping each other move forward to get back on court while continuing the hard the work from everyone in the game that has got us through the pandemic as safely as possible.” 

Step 1 – From 8 March  

Elite  

  • 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  

 Youth (U18)  

  •  RtP Level 4 - Outdoor basketball with household and or one other person  

 Non-Elite senior  

  •  RtP Level 4 - Outdoor basketball with household and or one other person  

 Basketball within education  

  •  Basketball training permitted as part of educational delivery under RtP level 2 conditions.  

 Step 2 – From 29 March at the earliest  

 Elite  

  • 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  

 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".

Step 2 continued – From 12 April at the earliest  

Elite  

  • 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. Reintroduction of competitive opportunities.  

Youth (U18)  

  • RtP Level 2 – Outdoor and indoor 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".

Step 3 – From 17 May at the earliest  

Elite  

  • Continuation of training and competition for NBL/WNBL Division 1 teams under RtP level 1 conditions, limited spectators within government guidance.  
  • Continuation of training for EABL/WEABL teams under RtP level 1 conditions. Reintroduction of competitive opportunities, limited spectators within government guidance.  

Youth (U18)  

  • RtP Level 1 – Indoor and outdoor organised basketball permitted max 30 per court, limited spectators within government guidance.  

Non-Elite senior  

  • RtP Level 1 - Indoor and outdoor organised basketball permitted max 30 per court, limited spectators within government guidance.  

Basketball within education  

  • Basketball training and competition permitted as part of educational delivery under RtP level 1 conditions, limited spectators within governance guidance.  

Informal basketball - following Government restrictions

  • People will be allowed to meet outside in groups of 30 and indoors with one other household or within the "rule of six".

Step 4 – From 21 June at the earliest  

  • All social distancing and Return to Play measures removed. 

Support webinar 

Basketball England will host a webinar for clubs to discuss implications arising from the new Return To Play Guidance. 

Time: March 2021, 16:30 GMT 

Join HERE 

Meeting ID: 869 0809 9800 

Passcode: 308251 

The webinar will be recorded and shared 48 hours later for those that cannot make it. 

If anyone has any questions or requires any further Return to Play guidance, please email [email protected].co.uk 

If you have success during this next phase of Covid recovery linking with schools and education bodies to bring our game back, get in touch with support@basketballengaland.co.uk and we will share your story to boost confidence and help others in the game.