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 elite activity, for non-elite see the tier restrictions below


The Government has imposed a second lockdown from Wednesday 6 January.

That means only elite-level basketball can take place. See below for full breakdown of permitted activity:


  • NBL1, WNBL- Competition and training can take place (RTP Level 2). Elite level is defined by Government and detailed in Appendix 5 of the BE Return To Play Guidance HERE 
  • EABL/WEABL - Indoor training in line with Level 2 of the BE Return To Play Guidance is permitted for students enrolled on the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) qualification only. 

Non-elite Senior and Junior (U18) 

  • NBL2/3, Jnr NBL, local leagues - Nindoor activity is permitted across club and education settings.  
  • Outdoor basketball practice is permitted in line with the BE Return To Play Guidance Level 4 – alonein household groups or with one other person