Following yesterday’s announcement by the Government, and BE’s interaction with the Sports Minister we are in the position where we are going to have to put the season on hold.
I know this is disappointing for you all, no more so than us, it was to be our 60th season, and it appears we will have to wait a little longer for it, but the health and well-being of all our participants is the main concern.
We will obviously look again and reassess when things change, but at the moment all basketball at senior level (except elite) must be put on hold – you will note that junior basketball sessions can still take place.
The Government has issued new Covid-19 guidance for England which has a significant impact on Basketball England’s Return To Play plans.
Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on 22 September, indoor Under-18s basketball and senior elite basketball remain exempt from the ‘rule of six’ social distancing restrictions.
But from Thursday 24 September, senior indoor sport, other than at elite level, must only take place in groups of up to six people – with Sport England this afternoon confirming adults from different households taking part in non-elite indoor team basketball do not have to social distance within those groups.
Basketball England has met with the Secretary of State Oliver Dowden, the Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston, Sport England and numerous NGBs to work through the detail of what this means for indoor sport.
What indoor basketball activity can currently take place?
Elite competition and training – BBL, WBBL, NBL1, WNBL1, EABL, WEABL (RTP Level 2). Elite level is defined by government and detailed in Appendix 5 of the RTP document HERE
Junior competition and training – NBL and local league for U18s and younger (RTP Level 2)
Non-elite senior training and competition in bubbles of up to six people (RTP Level 2 but with six-person limit).
Additional information regarding how many bubbles of six can use a single court and how many coaches and other personnel can be involved will be confirmed as soon as possible.
What indoor basketball activity currently cannot take place?
Any non-elite senior competition and training in bubbles of more than six people – this applies to NBL2/WNBL2, NBL3 plus regional and local leagues
Informal basketball in groups more than six people
Basketball England will examine the feasibility of 3×3 competition for non-elite seniors as an alternative to the 5v5 game. We will be assessing how this could work from safety, practical and financial perspectives. This will include getting views from Sport England and our members in the coming weeks.