Basketball Ireland’s ‘Return To Play’ group have announced that teams can return to pre-season training on July 20th, however this is subject to review in accordance with government guidance.
The Return to Play group is working alongside Sport Ireland on a pathway for the sport’s resumption. It also believes that all areas of the game – clubs, schools, colleges, academies, international squads and National Leagues – can target normal start dates as in previous seasons, subject to the availability of their normal playing facilities.
All areas of the game will be required to follow the various mandatory protocols, such as sanitising and social distancing, while each club will be required to appoint a Covid-19 Compliance Officer.
Training and guidelines will be provided by Basketball Ireland and Sport Ireland. Basketball Ireland is urging members of the basketball community to avail of assistance currently provided by Sport Ireland, such as posters and courses. The Sport Ireland Covid-19 Return to Sport course can be accessed here.
Basketball Ireland’s Return to Sport have issued the following guidelines:
General: Clubs, players, coaches, parents and guardians are reminded to adhere to the government guidelines and Basketball Ireland protocols, as failure to do so will negate insurance cover and could lead them to being exposed to serious liability in the event of any adverse consequences of their actions.
Summer Camps : can only be run in accordance with Government/ Sport Ireland guidelines.
Training re-start: we envisage that pre-season-training can begin on July 20th but this must be kept under review in the evolving situation and will be changed if Government guidelines change.
Season Start: we believe that the different areas of the sport – clubs, schools, colleges, academies, international squads and National Leagues can target normal start dates as in previous seasons.
Facilities: schools and clubs will have to determine the availability of their normal facilities and inform their local leagues or governing bodies as appropriate.
Covid-19: all areas of the game will have to adopt and enforce sanitising, social distancing protocols as appropriate. Every club will be obliged to appoint a Covid-19 Compliance Officer.