Return To Play Guidance for Basketball

Posted: Thu, 03 Dec 2020 14:47

Return To Play Guidance for Basketball

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

Following a series of meetings with Sport England, the Department of Media Culture and Sport (DCMS) and governing bodies of other sports since the initial announcement last week, Basketball England can confirm the sport is able to return to indoor training and competitive basketball across the Government levels as set out below:

Tier 2 areas - High

  • Elite competition and training – BBL, WBBL, NBL Division One, WNBL Division One, EABL, WEABL (RTP Level 2). Elite level is defined by government and detailed in Appendix 5 of the RTP document HERE
  • Non-elite senior can only train indoors with members of their households or support bubbles. No competition is permitted
  • Junior competition and training – Jnr. NBL and local league for U18s and younger (RTP Level 2).
  • Educationally-based competition and training – Schools, Colleges (AoC Sport, ABL) for U18 players. For players over 18, Non-Elite rules apply.


Tier 3 areas – Very High

  • Elite competition and training – BBL, WBBL, NBL Division One, WNBL Division One, EABL, WEABL (RTP Level 2). Elite level is defined by government and detailed in Appendix 5 of the RTP document HERE.
  • Non-elite senior can only train indoors with members of their households or support bubbles. No competition is permitted
  • Junior training – Jnr. NBL and local league for U18s and younger (RTP Level 2). No competition is permitted.
  • Educationally-based training – Schools, colleges (AoC Sport, ABL) for U18 players. For players over 18, Non-elite rules apply. No competitions permitted.
  • 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.

Please note that in a change to conditions announced previously, players who turn 18 during the season are now able to continue playing in U18 teams and competitions.

For more information on National Governing Body of Sport (NGB) announcements please visit Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport - NGB Guidance for Restarting Activity (lrsport.org)

(Source: Basketball England)

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