RETURN TO PLAY - FAQS

Basketball England has produced guidance to support everyone in the basketball community following the Government’s decision to remove all social distancing measures from the 19 July 2021.  

This guidance was updated on 4 November 2021 and will continue to be assessed in light of changing conditions.

What are the key elements behind the safety guidance +
  1. If you feel unwell, stay at home and get tested 
  2. What can individuals do? Wear a mask, follow hygiene guidance, social distance 
  3. What can clubs do? Test, screen, sound venue hygiene/management 
Do we need to continue to screen and test members? +

Clubs are advised to conduct temperature checking and team screening.    

Clubs are recommended to lateral flow test players twice a week as a way of identifying asymptomatic carriers. LFTs can be ordered through this link. 

What is self-screening? +

Ask yourself - do I have a cough, cold, fever, headaches or generally feel unwell? If so, do not to play basketball.

What if a member of our team tests positive for COVID-19? +
  • The individual should be self-isolate as per Government guidelines for 7-10 days.   
  • Adults who do not have their double vaccination and have come into contact with someone who is positive should self-isolate for 10 days 
  • It is advised each member of the squad that came into contact with a positive individual, conducts LFT immediately to see if they are asymptomatic carriers of the virus before the next training session or competition 
  • If the LFT is positive the individual should self-isolate and get a PCR test   
  • If the LFT is negative then a further LFT should be conducted 4 days later   
  • If the LFT is negative, all members of that team should continue to play/train as normal unless they feel it is unsafe to do so 
  • The club should continue to screen/temperature check players and staff 
What if there are multiple members of a team that have tested positive? +
  • There is no maximum number of individuals affected by COVID-19 before the club decides to stop training/playing. However, we suggest if three members of the same squad are affected and potentially a staff member that had contact with a number of teams, then it is advisable to stop training until all results from the LFTs are returned 
  • NBL games can be postponed for teams that are affected by COVID-19 but we encourage teams to follow the NBL Rules and Reg Appendix 11 - Pandemic Policy. BE is taking a flexible approach to cancellations/rearrangements and ways of helping clubs fulfil fixtures. For example, teams will not be fined if they choose to play with fewer than eight players if safe to do so, though there is no onus on teams to take this approach if they don't choose to
  • If postponing a fixture, NBL teams should contact their opponents via email, or telephone call if after 5pm on a Friday. Ensure officials are made aware and Game Day is updated by the home team. Please note there may be costs involved for the team wishing to make a postponement, due to court hire fees incurred by the home team. This may affect re-arranging a fixture. 
  • If teams have concerns or queries about postponing games, they should contact support@basketballengland.co.uk before 5pm on a Friday.
  • If an education-based league, please follow your institution guidance as well as contacting opponents. Local leagues should check with their league organiser. 
Do I still have to self-isolate? +
What should we do if we have to cancel our game? +
  • NBL games can be postponed for teams that are affected by COVID-19 but we encourage teams to follow the NBL Rules and Reg Appendix 11 - Pandemic Policy.
  • BE is taking a flexible approach to cancellations/rearrangements and ways of helping clubs fulfil fixtures. For example, teams will not be fined if they choose to play with fewer than eight players if safe to do so, though there is no onus on teams to take this approach if they don't choose to
  • If postponing a fixture, NBL teams should contact their opponents via email, or telephone call if after 5pm on a Friday. Ensure officials are made aware and Game Day is updated by the home team. Please note there may be costs involved for the team wishing to make a postponement, due to court hire fees incurred by the home team. This may affect re-arranging a fixture. 
  • If teams have concerns or queries about postponing games, they should contact support@basketballengland.co.uk before 5pm on a Friday.
  • If an education-based league, please follow your institution guidance as well as contacting opponents. Local leagues should check with their league organiser. 
Do we need to wear masks and other PPE? +
  • It is not a legal requirement but masks are the easiest form of barrier to stopping the spread of the virus and are strongly advised when not playing 
  • Other PPE is advisable for members of clubs that are in very close proximity to players or spectators such as if they are taking temperatures 
Do you have to continue to adhere to hygiene guidance? +

We strongly encourage everyone to continue with hygiene guidance and therefore washing hands regularly, catching coughs and sneezes in tissues and using wipes to sanitise heavily used areas.

Will the venue reopen as normal? +

Capacity within the venues is returning to pre-COVID levels, however some venues may not want to do this straight away.

Each venue may be different and have their own rules.

Do I have to report a positive COVID-19 case to Basketball England? +

No, you do not have to report any COVID positive results.

However, we encourage you to follow Government guidance and continue to keep a record of attendance and notify the participants of positive tests in order for them to isolate.

Do we still need a COVID-19 Officer? +

Clubs do not have to continue with a COVID-19 Officer, however we suggest this role gets integrated into the Welfare Officer role.