Return To Play Guidance

Basketball England has produced Return To Play (RTP) guidance to help the sport bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

BE has consulted with members, clubs, stakeholders, other sports, higher education institutions, research sectors and Sport England in order to plot a phased, flexible way forward for the sport based on an agile response to the developing Government advice.  

The guidance features levels from five down to zero, which align with Government’s social distancing rules.

We are at


of the Basketball England Return to Play Road Map for non-elite activity - see below

We are at


of the Basketball England Return to Play Road Map for elite activity - see below


What is allowed at Level 4 for non-elite?

Outdoor only. Skills and drills - alone, with one other or in a household group. No indoor activity or competition.

What non-elite basketball cannot take place during lockdown? 

All non-elite basketball (training and competition) must stop from Thursday for the duration of the lockdown and regress to Level 4 of Basketball England’s Return to Play guidancethis includes: 

  • NBL Division Two and Three club training and competition 
  • All Jnr. NBL training and competition. Following Government feedback NBL U18 Premier is no longer deemed as ‘Elite’ and therefore will also move to Level 4 
  • All other Senior and Junior local league, recreational training, and competition 
  • EABL, WEABL and ABL competition is postponed until at least January 2021 in line with AoC Sport guidance 

What is allowed at Level 2 for elite?

  • For training: Maximum of 30 people per court including players, coaches, support staff and officials. Ensure two adults are present at all practices involving under-18s.
  • For national competition games: Numbers per court and other Game Day considerations HERE
  • No spectators are permitted at this stage.

What elite basketball can take place during lockdown? 

  • BBL/WBBL and NBL1/WNBL1 training and competition - permitted under the Governments ‘elite’ exemption. NBL1/WNBL1 subject to viability (venue access etc) and receiving financial support from DCMS 
  • Basketball within Education – If sporting activity is part of an educational course, training must comply with Level 2 of Return To Play guidance

We have extended our advice about safe travel which can be found in our game day guidance HERE

These conditions provide a framework to allow competition and training under the outlined conditions. However, clubs are not obliged to play and should contact Basketball England if they are uncomfortable or concerned about conditions in their areas.