West Midlands Basketball League
News Report

WMBL Season Likely Delayed until 2021

10/10/20

A restart will however be planned for as soon as is feasible

The below is courtesy of league Vice Chairman Barrie Viner:

As many of you will have seen, the announcement on Wednesday 19th September has set us back on our plans for looking to start the 2020-21 season. 

For those that have not seen the BE announcement, this is the content: -

"The Government has issued new Covid-19 guidance for England which has a significant impact on Basketball England’s Return To Play plans. 

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on 22 September, indoor Under-18s basketball and senior elite basketball remain exempt from the ‘rule of six’ social distancing restrictions. 

But from Thursday 24 September, senior indoor sport, other than at elite level, must only take place in groups of up to six people - with Sport England this afternoon confirming adults from different households taking part in non-elite indoor team basketball do not have to social distance within those groups.  

Basketball England has met with the Secretary of State Oliver Dowden, the Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston, Sport England and numerous NGBs to work through the detail of what this means for indoor sport. 

What indoor basketball activity can currently take place? 

  • Elite competition and training – BBL, WBBL, NBL1, WNBL1, EABL, WEABL (RTP Level 2). Elite level is defined by government and detailed in Appendix 5 of the RTP document HERE 
  • Junior competition and training – NBL and local league for U18s and younger (RTP Level 2) 
  • Non-elite senior training and competition in bubbles of up to six people (RTP Level 2 but with six-person limit). Additional information regarding how many bubbles of six can use a single court and how many coaches and other personnel can be involved will be confirmed as soon as possible. 

What indoor basketball activity currently cannot take place? 

  • Any non-elite senior competition and training in bubbles of more than six people – this applies to NBL2/WNBL2, NBL3 plus regional and local leagues 
  • Informal basketball in groups more than six people" 

Unfortunately this effectively ends any chance of the West Midlands Basketball League starting the new season until further relaxations are made to the rules which based on the language used in the announcements, does not look like it will be this side of Christmas.

We will obviously monitor the situation and keep you updated as we know more.

In the meantime keep safe and feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns

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