Basketball Prepares for Return and Regular Season

Basketball Ireland’s ‘Return To Play’ group have announced that teams can return to pre-season training on July 20th, subject to continued positive news on public health.

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.
Basketball Ireland’s Return to Sport have issued the following guidelines:

Clubs, players, coaches, parents and guardians will be 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.

Schools and clubs will have to determine the availability of their normal facilities and inform their local leagues or governing bodies as appropriate.

Basketball Ireland will provide a short training video for the individual Covid-19 Compliance Officers at unit level which is being produced by Sport Ireland.

From early this week the Basketball Ireland website will have a dedicated area which will contain all Covid-19 information, along with updates from Basketball Ireland and Sport Ireland.

“We are urging members of the basketball community to fully comply with Government guidelines, as well as those from Basketball Ireland and Sport Ireland as we return to sport,” said Basketball ireland Board Director and Chair of the Return to Play Group, Charles Higgins.

“We know the Basketball community is keen to get back on to a court, but any steps to do so must be taken with due diligence, as we don’t want any member of the basketball community exposed to illness or potential personal liability.”

“The Return to Play group will meet as often as necessary to ensure all stakeholders can plan ahead accordingly in a safe manner. We shall continue to update the basketball community through the Basketball Ireland website and social media channels.”

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