We all have a responsibility to each other to keep us as safe as possible from COVID, and to return to play the sport we love – basketball!

This page has been created with some brief to the point guidance, the full COVID guidance can be found at:

https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/news/basketball-england-launch-return-to-play-guidance/ along with the roadmap in full – the picture is ever-changing, so the below details are brief but could be superseded by BE.

Each club will have a responsible COVID officer as point of contact both for BE and ourselves.


Before leaving the house to participate in basketball, please check you:

  • Do not have symptoms of a high temperature (feeling hot, feeling cold, shivers feeling under the weather).
  • Do not have a new persistent cough.
  • You have not got a loss of taste or smell.
  • You have not been in contact with a person with suspected COVID-19 within the past 48 hours.
  • You have not been advised to self-isolate due to a third party from another setting (i.e. school) that has been infected with COVID-19.
  • No-one within your household has COVID-19 symptoms as outlined above, which would require the whole household to go into isolation as guided by UK Government.
  • Individuals must not attend a basketball session if any of the above are true.
  • There should be no pressure placed upon a player to attend a training session or game if they have symptoms or they feel like the environment is unsafe for them.
  • If during a session an individual feels uncomfortable with the management of the session, then there should be no pressure placed on that individual if they decide to opt-out of that session.
  • The priority is to keep your players and staff healthy.
  • Any individual coming to training/a game needs to be screened before entering the venue and their attendance documented.
  • Contact details are required in order to help contact-tracing if a suspected case of COVID-19 arises.
  • The attendance records of all individuals attending the training or game is to be held with the Club COVID-19 Officer in a secure place and records should be maintained in line with the clubs existing policies and procedures.
  • We would remind clubs to be mindful of GDPR regulations. Please follow this link to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) regarding holding data during this pandemic.
  • Clubs are required to provide all staff and players with education on COVID-19 and the potential risks associated with playing basketball – Risk Information.
  • To be conducted at RTP levels 3, 2 & 1 .
  • Screening sheet (Mitchell please put link to Appendix 3)
  • Ensure screening is conducted in a suitable area away from venue entrances, ensuring good social distancing practices, i.e. far end of car park.
  • Temperature to be taken on arrival to the venue, outside in the carpark and documented. Temperature to be taken ideally with a handheld infrared thermometer
  • All individuals entering the gym (coaches, players, officials) to complete screening. Note down name, along with their temperature and document answers to all screening questions. Only essential coaching staff to run the session should be present, no observers etc.
  • Any positive answers to the questions will mean that the individual cannot attend the session and they should be advised to return home to self-isolate as per the Government’s guidelines. Club COVID-19 Officer needs to complete BE COVID-19 Reporting Form: https://basketballengland.wufoo.com/forms/qzxz1uk0zzvkce/
  • If an attendee registers a high temperature on the infra-red thermometer they are to be advised to return home to self-isolate UNLESS an ‘in ear’ or other personal digital thermometer is used to confirm their temperature is not high (it might be beneficial to advise players to purchase their own digital thermometers to bring with them, they can be found in hospitals and pharmacy from £5 to £10 as the infra-red thermometers edge on the side of caution.


  • All participants (players, coaches and support staff) in the training session have a responsibility to notify the Club COVID-19 Officer should they get symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours of the training session.
  • Anyone with symptoms should ask for a test online or call to arrange a test by calling 119. They have to complete the test within 5 days of the

symptoms starting.
• Club COVID-19 Officer to direct the infected individual to the

National Government’s Contact-tracing procedures. In England, this will mean that the individual will have a test within 48 hours. Each nation: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, currently have different procedures.

  • In addition to the above advice, the Club COVID Officer must contact all individuals that attended the training session in question to advise that an individual within that group has reported symptoms. If the individual is a coach, then all participants of all sessions will need to be contacted.
  • If a member of the club presents with symptoms within 48 hours of a training session/game and has been in contact with players and officials in the interim, then training/practice/matches played by the club must be suspended and a period of isolation as set out by the government followed – currently 7 days for an individual and 14 days for members of the household.
  • The name of the infected individual is not to be disclosed to protect anonymity.
  • All attendees of the session should be advised to isolate for 14 days (as per government guidelines) incase symptoms arise.
  • COVID-19 Officer should complete the following COVID-19 INCIDENT REPORTING FORM: https://basketballengland.wufoo.com/forms/qzxz1uk0zzvkce/

  • Arrive to the venue already changed and ready to play
  • After going to the toilet, thoroughly wash hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap or alcohol gel (minimum 60% ethanol or 70% is propanol)
  • No use of changing rooms
  • No handshakes, high fives or other bodily contact Social distancing rules apply if at levels 4 and 3 (currently 2 metres distance)
  • No carpooling to venues
  • Avoid public transport where possible
  • Avoid touching high-contact surfaces such as door handles, benches, chairs, public computer keyboards etc.


  • Ball washing or wiping down with wipes (we recommend Clinell Universal Wipes) prior to starting – each individual to clean their own ball (levels 4 and 3).
  • At level 4 and 3, a single ball could be used ONLY within a household as long as it is wiped down before and after playing.
  • At level 3 within a club environment, everyone has to play with their own ball that has already been disinfected.
  • No use of bibs unless brought directly by the player.
  • No shared towels.
  • No shared water bottles.
  • No ‘crates’ of water to be provided by clubs/coaches.
    • No handshakes, high fives or other bodily contact.
            • Have plenty of hand sanitiser available courtside with regular stoppages  (the recommendation is    every 30 minutes) for application.
          • Social distancing rules apply if at level 4 and level 3.
            • Relaxed social distancing may apply during level 3 with increases in numbers within the training environment but maintenance of 2-meter distancing rule still in place.
  • For level 4 and 3, players should only use their own ball, cleaned before and after training.
  • Avoid passing the ball to one another, even if retrieving it at levels 4 and 3.
  • At level 2, once team practices commence, we recommend wiping balls every 30 minutes.
  • Ball washing/wiping at the end of the session – everyone to wash their own.
  • Immediate hand washing once the session is complete. • Recommended use of face masks for coaches, support staff and officials.
  • Only from levels 2 and 1.
  • Hand sanitiser (minimum 60% ethanol or 70% is propanol) is advised:
  • When being substituted on and off the court
  • Time-outs
  • End of Quarters and Half-time
  • It should be easily accessible for ease of use at all times by all individuals during the games
  • Substitutions can occur directly from the bench, no need to go to the score table.
  • Have 2 match balls for the game, one can be wiped down as the game continues.
  • Ball wiping by officials at all major stoppages (at the end of quarters/ time-outs).
  • Face covering should be considered by coaches, table officials, statisticians and all other support staff.
  • Any staff involved with floor cleaning should wear masks and be mindful to wash hands immediately at half-time and full-time. There is no requirement to wear gloves.
  • The cleaning of any blood/mucus/sputum/vomit should be in adherence with local policies.
  • It is the Match Promoter’s responsibility to collect all screening documents and make sure they are all filled out properly by both teams and all officials. The documents should then be passed onto the Club COVID-19 Officer.
  • Match Promoters will contact the officiating team no later than 24 hours prior to tip with the full Event Schedule providing information on game details, facility logistics and any other relevant information.
  • Officials should be on court 20 minutes before tip-off.
  • Officials should arrive in uniform and should not use the changing facilities.
  • The Event Schedule will detail the location where ball wiping will take place. Ball wiping is the responsibility of COVID-19 officer or a designated club member. The location should be off court at the opposite side to where the team benches.
  • If possible, limit the amount of time near Table Officials or Statisticians.
  • Substitutions should take place directly from the bench onto the court and not from the substitution chairs.
  • If the equipment and facilities allows, Table Officials and Statisticians should sit a minimum of 2 metres apart.
  • All officials are advised to wear a facial covering in the form of a mask or visor, however, the evidence is not clear that it will reduce the risk of infections.
  • Referees should stop the game temporarily and discuss with a member of the home team if they feel that social distancing (where appropriate) at the venue is not being followed or hygiene regulations are not being used. Once rectified, the game can resume.