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 BE Return to Play Road Map for all levels of basketball from 17 May 2021

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 all levels of basketball, indoor and out, move to RTP Level 1 from Monday 17 May.

What is permitted from 17 May

Organised basketball

Defined as any level (elite, youth and senior) of basketball undertaken by Basketball England affiliated clubs and registered members at Return To Play Level 1.

  • Organised outdoor and indoor organised basketball permitted - maximum 30 people per court
  • Competitive basketball in outdoor and indoor settings - see Game Day Guidance for roles and maximum numbers
  • Spectators are allowed indoors, but the total number of all in attendance - participants, coaches, officials and spectators - must be agreed by and aligned to the capacity permitted by the venue. See Game Day Guidance  

Step 4 – tbc

  • All social distancing and Return to Play measures removed.