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

LEVEL 2

of the BE Return to Play Road Map for elite activity

We are at 

LEVEL 2 (outdoor only)

of the BE Return to Play Road Map for junior and non-elite activity

The Government has 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 Media, Culture 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 2 (outdoor only) 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 only and ‘indoor/outdoor steps. 

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

 

 Step 2 – From 29 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 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, 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 & Outdoor organised basketball permitted max 30 per court, limited spectators within government guidance.  

Non-Elite senior  

  • RtP Level 1 - Indoor & 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.