Friday 11th of June 2021 8:00 am

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!


If there are places associated with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days, they will be listed on the NSW Government website HERE

Locations are generally removed 14 days the last known date that a confirmed case was associated with the location.


The NSW State Government has released the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 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 square metres rules
→ 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 on the activities they run. 


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)

All Basketball NSW events are set to GREEN.


For Spectators

→ Each venue is required to operate under the 1 person per 2sqm rule.  It will be up to the host association to determine when they reach their venue capacity.
→ All spectators will be required to check-in via a QR code and sanitise upon entry.
→ Spectators need to socially distance themselves when in the venue.  Please don’t move chairs around the stadium.
→ Whilst it isn’t mandatory, we highly encourage spectators to wear face masks whilst in the venue when they are unable to socially distance themselves.
→ It is highly recommended that scorebench officials wear masks as they are unable to socially distance themselves.
→ We request that spectators plan to arrive and enter the stadium 10 mins prior to each game and please leave the venue immediately after the completion of each game.

For Teams

→ All players and team staff will be required to check-in via a QR code and sanitise upon entry.
→ A reminder that teams may enter the venue 15 mins prior to each game.
→ Players must arrive dressed ready for the game.
→ All teams must leave immediately after the completion of each game.
→ Teams allowed to bring a maximum of two (2) Spalding basketballs into the venue for warm-up.  No other basketballs are to be used.


Anyone with symptoms should come forward for COVID-19 testing. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever (37.5 ° or higher)
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell or
  • loss of taste.

Find a COVID-19 testing centre near you

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 7) 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

Wash your hands

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Stay at home if sick

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