BI RTP Group issue updated outdoor training guidelines
April 28, 2021
Basketball Ireland and the ‘Return to Play’ group has issued updated guidelines following the return of outdoor training in the Republic of Ireland on April 26th. The Irish Government has stated that underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 can now recommence, while for adults outdoor distanced sport can resume, when socially distanced, with a maximum of two households involved.
Passing of the ball is an opt in/opt out, at the discretion of each club/school, with those choosing to do so undertaking regular sanitisation of the ball. No general sharing of equipment such as towels, bibs and water bottles is permitted.
Chair of the ‘Return to Play’ group, Charles Higgins, said: “The RTP group is hopeful that there will be a further easing of the Level 5 restrictions in the coming weeks, however this will be subject to Government and COVID-19 numbers. It is very important that we remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions, to ensure that the basketball community is safe. We all have to work together to ensure we can stay on the court.”
Full current level 5 restrictions in relation to outdoor training can be found below. You can access Basketball Ireland’s dedicated Covid-19 section on our website here. Any queries can be emailed to Basketball Ireland’s ‘Return To Play’ group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basketball Ireland RTP Group Outdoor Training Guidelines (Non Contact):
- All HSE, Basketball Ireland, Government and child protection guidelines are adhered to.
- Ball sanitised/washed or wiped down, or with wipes prior to starting.
- A single ball should be used by one individual, for individual training, as long as it is wiped down before and after playing.
- Everyone is advised to play with their own ball that has been disinfected.
- Passing the ball is an opt in/opt out, at the discretion of each club or school, with sanitisation of the ball at regular intervals.
- Players should clean ball before and after training.
- No sharing of bibs and/or bibs brought directly by the player.
- No shared towels.
- No shared water bottles.
- ‘Crates’ of water if provided, should be given only one bottle to one person, do not share bottles.
- Team training 3v3 or 5v5 etc. scrimmage, or contact drills not to be used.
- Have plenty of hand sanitiser available courtside, with regular stoppages for application - the recommendation is every 30 minutes.
- Social distancing rules apply for non-participants.
- Basketball rules apply within the training environment, but maintenance of 2-metre distancing rule still in place for non-participants.
- Once practices commence, we recommend wiping/sanitising balls every 30 minutes.
- Ball washing/wiping at the end of the session - everyone to wash their own.
- Immediate hand washing/sanitising once the session is complete.
- Recommended use of face masks for coaches, support staff and officials.
- No congregating at the venue after your session.
- No handshakes, high fives or other bodily contact.
- Carpooling not recommended.
- Public transport is allowed only when following Government guidelines.
- Organised Sports training/activity/exercise can do so in multiple pods once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.
- The use of multiple pod’s is to assist with minimising the number of people in a group while acknowledging that some outdoor and indoor facilities have the capacity to cater for larger numbers of people in a safe manner and within public health guidelines. People participating in pod training can be from different households.
- The space between pods will depend on the nature, duration and intensity of the session but it should be clearly evident that the pods are independent groups not interacting with one another. At a very minimum Social Distancing of 2m between pods should be implemented.
- Depending on the frequency of activity (i.e. multiple times in a week) it may be helpful for participants to stay within the same pod.
- A coach or instructor may oversee more than one pod and should be counted in the overall numbers.
- The coach should not move freely between pods but rather oversee the activity of the pods. Social Distance.
- A coach should not work within the 2m rule in a pod, but if they do enter the pod they must be counted as one of the “Pod” and they must not leave that pod and enter another.
Sport Ireland have issued details on training for level 5, only for participation of individuals, on an opt in/out basis. https://www.sportireland.ie/covid19/sport-faqs
The Return to Sport Expert Group has communicated to National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships that the return to training and competition should be on an opt-in basis, with participants taking personal responsibility to decide whether they are happy to return. It is important that athletes are not be penalised if they wish to opt-out of activity.
Participants should be encouraged to communicate any concerns to their club and/or National Governing Body, so that they can be addressed accordingly.
Basketball Ireland has guidance on its website for all aspects of basketball. It should be noted that, not only Covid-19 guidance should be followed, but all necessary Covid Officer, child protection, Garda vetting, coach licensing and registrations should be in place, before commencement of any activity.