I                                                          Swale Basketball Club Newsletter March 2021

Return To Play: Basketball's roadmap out of lockdown .

The route back to basketball ‘normality’ is starting to become clearer. 

 

The Government last week 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. 

Basketball England updated roadmap will see elite basketball continue at Return To Play Level 4 initially, with the non-elite sectors of the game returning to action in a staged manner, starting at Return To Play Level 4 and progressing with caution to a full programme across the game. 

Basketball will move between the stages outlined by the provisional dates as the Government deems it safe to do so.  Please note, that in order to align with the four-step approach Basketball England have removed Level 3 of their Roadmap and sub-sectioned Level 2 into ‘outdoor only’ and ‘indoor/outdoor’ steps. 

All the dates listed are the earliest these conditions will be allowed and are conditional on Government clearance. 

Step 1 – From 8 March  

Elite  

  • Continuation of training and competition for NBL/WNBL Division 1 teams under Return to Play level 2 conditions  

  • Continuation of training for EABL/WEABL teams under RtP level 2 conditions  

Youth (U18)  

  • Return to Play Level 4 - Outdoor basketball with household and or one other person  

Non-Elite senior  

  • Return to Play Level 4 - Outdoor basketball with household and or one other person  

Basketball within education  

  • Basketball training permitted as part of educational delivery under Return to Play level 2 conditions. 

 

Step 2 – From 29 March 

Elite  

  • Continuation of training and competition for NBL/WNBL Division 1 teams under RtP level 2 conditions  

  • Continuation of training for EABL/WEABL teams under RtP level 2 conditions  

Youth (U18)  

  • RtP Level 2 – Outdoor only, organised basketball permitted max 30 per court, no spectators. 

Non-Elite senior  

  • RtP Level 2 – Outdoor only, organised basketball permitted max 30 per court, no spectators. 

Basketball within education  

  • Basketball training permitted as part of educational delivery under RtP level 2 conditions. 

 

Step 2 continued – From 12 April 

Elite  

  • Continuation of training and competition for NBL/WNBL Division 1 teams under RtP level 2 conditions  

  • Continuation of training for EABL/WEABL teams under RtP level 2 conditions. Reintroduction of competitive opportunities.  

Youth (U18)  

  • RtP Level 2 – Outdoor and Indoor organised basketball permitted max 30 per court, no spectators.  

Non-Elite senior  

  • RtP Level 2 - Outdoor only, basketball permitted max 30 per court, no spectators.  

Basketball within education  

  • Basketball training permitted as part of educational delivery under RtP level 2 conditions. 

 

Step 3 – From 17 May  

Elite  

  • Continuation of training and competition for NBL/WNBL Division 1 teams under RtP level 1 conditions, limited spectators within government guidance.  

  • Continuation of training for EABL/WEABL teams under RtP level 1 conditions. Reintroduction of competitive opportunities, limited spectators within government guidance.  

Youth (U18)  

  • RtP Level 1 – Indoor & Outdoor organised basketball permitted max 30 per court, limited spectators within government guidance.  

Non-Elite senior  

  • RtP Level 1 - Indoor & Outdoor organised basketball permitted max 30 per court, limited spectators within government guidance.  

Basketball within education  

  • Basketball training and competition permitted as part of educational delivery under RtP level 1 conditions, limited spectators within governance guidance.  

 

Step 4 – From 21 June  

  • All social distancing and Return to Play measures removed. 

We are confident that the club will have everything in place to open again in the new season BUT the final decision as to when we are able to do so rests with the owner/operator of the sports hall .

In the mean time we thank you for your patience and please be assured that we are working to have procedures in place to protect all of our coaches, volunteers and of course you, the supportive parents and players when we return to play .

Club Chairman

 
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