RETURN TO PLAY - FAQS

As a result of the initial consultation with a selection of clubs and stakeholders, we have produced an initial list of FAQ’s for the Return To Play (RTP) guidance document.

We will continue to add to this list as we receive common themes of feedback to the plan, or as Government advice changes that requires clarification.

We are currently at

LEVEL 3

of the Basketball England Return to Play Road Map

 

So much is unknown currently, why have you released the plan now? +

The RTP is aligned to and takes into consideration the latest governmental and medical advice. Our plan has been overseen in its development by our Chief Medical Officer (Dr Dane Vishnubala) and is agile enough to change as and when government guidance is updated.

Our RTP provides the basketball community with a framework for returning to basketball that places the health & safety of everyone involved in the game as its primary focus.

What are the key elements behind the RTP? +

The RTP is based on 5 key principles as below:

  • The health and safety of members
  • 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 as they become possible
  • The guidance is based on clubs, organisations and individuals complying with the requirements
  • All clubs and league providers must have a COVID-19 Officer in place to liaise with Basketball England
Are Basketball England’s members covered from an insurance perspective? +

Yes.

Should any club or individual make an insurance claim (or protect themselves from liabilities) during the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic, their prospects of a successful claim would be affected on evidencing that they had complied with Government and Basketball England’ RTP guidance. 

Health

Why are BAME communities more effected than others? +

Essentially, we are not 100% sure and there maybe multiple factors. As new research emerges, we’ll update our members where possible.

Once I have had COVID-19, when can I return to basketball? +

If you have had mild symptoms you should be looking to return to basketball after a graded period of 4 weeks of exercise.  For more severe episodes that have required a hospital or doctor visit, you could be looking at a period of up to 3 months. 

If you have been in hospital with COVID-19, you will hopefully get guidance on when you can return to exercise.  It is important to remember that you have had a serious illness and therefore taking your time to return to exercise is very important. 

If I live with another member of my squad, should I be doing anything differently to avoid catching COVID-19? +

Effectively, they are another member of your household.  As long as the two of you do not have any high-risk factors then it should be fine to continue as you have been albeit, being mindful of good hygiene practices. 

If one or both of you were to be infected, you would have to follow Government isolation guidelines. 

Screening

Why do we have to take temperatures? +

A temperature of over 37.8˚C is one of the three most common symptoms of COVID-19 and it is also one of the easiest to give us a good reading; people can't cheat with it. 

Using the infra-red non-contact thermometer is a non-invasive way to measure the temperatures of individuals. An individual can easily take their own temperature.  If the person has run or jogged to the venue there would not be a rise in temperature as much as this therefore it is assumed that a temperature as high as 37.8˚C would indicate a fever and therefore the person has to isolate. 

An in-ear thermometer is a more reliable method of taking core temperature, but they rely on the use of repeat caps and will probably need someone to administer it.  

Do we have to do the screening at the start of every session? +

Yes.

We have to know if anyone has symptoms that may infect others. Stopping those people from participating is really important when we are trying to stop the spread of the virus amongst the community.

We also need to know who attended each session in case someone later contracts COVID-19 and we need to contact trace everyone that that individual came into contact with.

Why do we have to do the screening in a car park? +

The screening has to be conducted in a place away from others or where others will congregate.  The car park is most likely the best place.

My court hasn’t got much space near it, where should we conduct the screening? +

The screening must be conducted in a place away from others or where others will congregate.  The car park may be the most ideal place. 

Why does the contact tracing start 48 hours before the symptoms came about? +

We now know that most people will not know they have the virus for 48 hours before the symptoms commence.  It is also most easily spread in that 48 hours so we can be infecting everyone around us before we even know about it. 

Hygiene

Why do we have to disinfect the ball? +

Whilst we know that sweat is very unlikely to transmit the virus, other bodily fluid can and therefore disinfecting the ball is a good way to reduce the spread of infection.

We are all aware of those players that wipe their nose, mouth, eyes etc before taking a free throw, it is these small transmissions that may infect other players.

Remember for Level 3 everyone has to have their own ball so the risk of infection is lower, especially if everyone disinfects their balls before and after the sessions.

What type of face masks should be used? +

We would recommend the following as good facial coverings; Surgical masks, three-layer masks, fabric or cloth masks. 

FFP3 masks should be reserved for clinical use by the NHS and stocks preserved for this important work. As the individuals will be screened, we do not perceive there to be a need for FFP3 masks, although this relies on all clubs to screen properly. 

First Aiders should use their own clinical judgement.   

Why are coaches, support staff and table officials and statisticians being asked to where face coverings? +

It is advisable to wear these, firstly to stop any aerosol spread (water droplets from mouth during coughing, sneezing, talking etc) and secondly as a reminder not to touch your mouth, nose, eyes. 

Will Basketball England be providing funding for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? +

At this moment in time Basketball England do not have any funding opportunities for the purchase of PPE. We are however engaged in conversations with stakeholders and partners in relation to this matter and we will update everyone accordingly.

Does each individual have to bring their own ball to practice, or can the club still provide them? +

It doesn't matter who provides the ball as long as there is good hygiene to wipe/disinfect the ball before and during use.

COVID-19 Officer

Why is every club being asked to have a COVID-19 Officer? +

In line with Government advice and following what other sports across the country are doing, we are asking that there is a designated individual that is able to be the 'Go To' Person in the club to provide guidance for all members about how to reduce the risks of COVID-19. 

They should have a good knowledge of the Basketball England RTP Roadmap and what the club must do to keep their community safe.  They should be able to pass information easily to all members when new content is released to our clubs and teams. 

What is the main role of the Club COVID-19 Officer? +
  • They must monitor the information for Basketball England regarding returning to sport and how best to keep their club members safe. 
  • They need to be able to distribute information to all members easily.
  • Be responsible for completing the risk assessments for each level when they come out. 
  • They need to be able to complete the screening forms and if required, train others to be able to take temperatures and complete the screening documentation. 
  • If a person is infected the Officer needs to be made aware so they can contact all members of the club that may have been in contact with that individual 48 hours before their symptoms arose. 
  • Responsible for informing BE of infected persons via the reporting form in the RTP guidance.

Click here to access the RTP guidance document, as a role description has been included as appendix 1

It seems like a lot to ask the individual, can they spread the tasks out amongst other members of the club? +

Yes. 

Please do ask other members of the club to help with the roles as we do understand this initially might be a large task.  Once processes are in place then it should be a fairly easy job to maintain the communications. 

Who can undertake the Club COVID-19 Officer role? +

Anyone.  It doesn't have to be a medic necessarily although a person with good access to communications at the club would be advisable.  This is because a key component of the role is effective and timely communication with team managers, coaches, players and parents.

Does the Club COVID-19 Officer need training? +

Essentially, as long as they follow the RTP Roadmap document then it should bean easy role to undertake. 

However, we will be offering a webinar solely for Club COVID-19 Officers to ask questions and help iron out any questions.  This will be announced in the coming weeks.

What does it mean when asking the Club COVID-19 Officer to conduct the contact tracing? +

We are only asking that the club contact the individuals that would have come into contact with the infected individual 48 hours before symptoms arise. 

We need to make sure the infection does not spread further than just the individual and the people they met, rather than the whole club or community. 

The Government Contact tracing service will be able to contact the other people that individual will have come across outside of the basketball court. 

Facilities

We can't access our outdoor court at the moment as the council have not opened it, but you say we can play outdoors. Can you not tell the council to open the court? +

We are keen to see as many people as possible to get access to basketball courts at a time when sport and exercise are so important for people's physical and mental health and we’ve encouraged court owners to give all members of the basketball community access to courts where it is safe to do so.

Unfortunately, we can’t order facility providers to open up their courts.  Each facility will have to re-open with their own procedures and policies in place that everyone will have to adhere to. 

My court hasn’t got much space near it, where should we conduct the screening? +

The screening must be conducted in a place away from others or where others will congregate.  The car park may be the most ideal place. 

Playing Basketball

When will we be able to play games again? +

We are hoping to be able to play some fixtures at Level 2 of the RTP roadmap. 

When that is, we are not sure and we, like most other Governing Bodies, will await further guidance from the medical community, Government and Sport England as to when it is appropriate to move to Level 2. 

What is the difference between Level 3, Level 2 and Level 1? +

The levels depict how much social distancing is required.  At Level 3, we can play with up to 6 people but maintain the 2-metre social distancing rule. 

Once we move to Level 2, we predict that the Government will allow a further relaxing of the social distancing rules allowing us to train with full contact and potentially play some competitive fixtures. 

At Level 1, we hope to be able to play fixtures in front of spectators, although no one knows how many that might be at the moment.  We are expecting further guidance from the Government about what that may look like.

Why can we not play basketball with contact in Level 3? +

Due to the high infection rate within the country, the Government are advising to maintain the current social distancing rules therefore we cannot play any contact basketball.

Does each individual have to bring their own ball to practice or can the club still provide them? +

It doesn't matter who provides the ball as long as there is good hygiene to wipe/disinfect the ball.