Wednesday 28th of October 2020 6:00 pm

Basketball NSW continues to work closely with Basketball Australia, NSW Office of Sport, NSW Health and other government agencies as we plan for the full return of basketball in NSW.

Our localised plan for the return of basketball in NSW is in line with the Federal Governments National Principals for the Resumption of Sport, the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a Covid-19 Environment with Basketball Australia’s Return to Basketball Guidelines providing a strong reference point.

We continue to work with Basketball Australia and the other Basketball States and Territories to develop practical working guides for associations to use in enabling basketball activities to be run as soon as possible, we encourage associations to also read Social Distancing & Hygiene Considerations for Basketball and Sport Activities in a Stadium.

We’re all in this together. Let’s be safe and let’s support each other!


The NSW State Government has released the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 5) 2020.  The essence of this is that basketball can operate under close to normal conditions but with appropriate safeguards in place.

This means:
→ Develop and execute a Covid-19 Safety Plan.
→ Compy with all social distancing rules.
→ Comply with the 4Sqm rule.
→ Comply with good hygiene practices limiting the risk of transmission.
→ Work closely with stadium operators and user groups.

Please take a conservative view in relation to your activities by observing the guidelines above and taking sensible precautions to protect the health of all of us.

Please liaise with your local basketball association for further updates to the activities they run. 

Confirmed COVID-19 cases can be found by visiting the NSW Government website, the NSW Government updates their page if further locations have been identified, we recommend that you check their page regularly.

No NSW Affiliated Association has been listed as a confirmed Covid-19 hotspot.


At 6 pm each Wednesday, Basketball NSW will update this section of our website advising our community if any BNSW events (includes Spalding Waratah Junior and Senior Leagues, High-Performance Programs) have been cancelled or likely to be cancelled subject to NSW Government rulings. 

In making this decision we are factoring in the following; stadium location, stadium capacity, stadium availability, NSW travel restrictions, known covid-19 hotspots, team/participant health, biosafety officer(s) availability, bio measures available at the stadium, that the hosting association has submitted and is an approved as a COVID safe business.

→ GREEN (indicates we are proceeding as planned)
→ AMBER (postponed, a new date will be announced)
→ RED (the BNSW event is cancelled)

31 October – 1 November
→All Basketball NSW competitions events are set to GREEN there are no amber or red events, only GREEN.
→ U12 Hot Shots at Blacktown and Manly (no spectators)
→ U14 Metro Boys and Girls at Hawkesbury (1 parent/guardian per player for supervision purposes)
→ 3×3 at West Wyalong (1 parent/guardian per player for supervision purposes)
→ Referee Workshop at West Wyalong

2 November – 31 December
→All Basketball NSW competitions events are set to GREEN there are no amber or red events, only GREEN.

January 2021
RED (Cancelled)
→ Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (January 2021)
→ East Coast Challenge (January 2021)
→ Southern Cross Challenge (January 2021)
→ Country Development Tour (January 2021)

BNSW Events
→ U14 “Sand Slam” (January 2021)
→ U16 & U18 Hoopfest (January 2021)
→ U15 & U17 Shootout (January 2021)

There are new, active COVID-19 cases in NSW.  We are encouraging our community to self monitor the locations of the NSW COVID-19 hotspots and get tested if you have visited one of the locations.

The NSW Government has added a new section to the COVID-19 hotspots, titled ‘Increase testing and Surveillance’, we are asking our community to include this section as part of their overall self-monitoring prior to making a decision to participate or attending a basketball stadium in NSW.

In addition to the NSW Government directions, we are asking our community if you have visited one of these locations on the dates/time specified, that as a precautionary measure and to protect basketball in NSW from being shut down from the NSW Government, that you self exclude from participating in a Basketball NSW event until after the 14-day window has passed.


Please refer to the advice available on NSW Office of Sport HERE for information regarding the minimising of spectators at community sport.

There is to be only 1 parent/caregiver for the purpose of supervision per participant, however, this is capped at a maximum of 10 per team per game for the weekend.  This is inclusive of those fulfilling scoretable duty for the team.

Only 10 eligible players and 3 team staff can enter and participate per game at the Metro Challenge.

Maximum of 500 in the venue ( including officials) 

The following events have been cancelled due to insufficient team entries:

  • Bathurst – Sat 24th October
  • Coffs Harbour – 21st November

At this stage all Regional Referee Action Day on-court Workshops are going ahead.

There are currently no restrictions in place on the distance that a resident of NSW may travel.

NSW-Victoria border restrictions

The NSW Government has temporarily closed the NSW-Victoria border‬. Under the new public health order, anyone who has been in Victoria within the last 14 days must not enter NSW except in special circumstances. 

Learn more about NSW border restrictions.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant strongly recommends wearing a mask:

  • if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others

  • on public transport

  • in supermarkets and shops

  • in places of worship

  • in indoor venues with a higher risk of transmission, where practical

  • if working in cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs and other venues with a higher risk of transmission.

Wearing a mask in any of these settings is not mandatory but is highly recommended, especially in areas where there has been community transmission.

Useful Links

Sport Australia Return to Sport – toolkit

The NSW Government has enacted several Public Health Orders which directly impact on the Sport and Active Recreation Sector. Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 5) 2020.

Australian Government Covid-19 website

Australian Department of Health Covid-19 at a glance

Basketball Australia Covid-19 Hub 

NSW Government Covid-19 website

NSW Office of Sport Covid-19 website

The Office of Local Government has developed a local government FAQs document which includes information relating to sport and recreation activities and venues.

World Health Organisation Covid-19 website

Basketball Australia partner Etrainu ‘The Covid-19 Course’

World Health Organisation Covid-19 Dashboard


COVIDSafe App for IOS

COVIDSafe App for Android

A message from Basketball NSW CEO, Maria Nordstrom HERE posted 22/8

Wash your hands

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Stay at home if sick

Any questions email us via [email protected]

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