Return to Sport – Basketball 

Updated February 22, 2022

 Before and After Practice: 

  1. Athletes will wash hands before and after training session. 
  2. Coaches are to create and share training plans ahead of training session. 
  3. It is recommended that coaches use pea less whistles. 
  4. Physical Distancing (2m or 6ft). 
  5. Athletes will wear their face masks when they enter the facility and will continue to wear their face masks while not engaged in physical activity.  Coaches/volunteers will wear face masks throughout the training session.

During Practice:

  1. Maximum gathering size as outlined by the facility specific guidelines. 
  2. Maximum gathering size includes all athletes, coaches, volunteers, support persons and spectators/parents.  It is the coach’s discretion whether spectators are permitted into the training session to ensure physical distancing can be maintained
  3. Physical distancing of 2m or 6ft must be maintained when not engaged in a sport training activity.
  4. Assign athletes to small groups for training sessions. No more than 5 athletes per group to practice sport training drills.
  5. Sport training drills should involve minimal contact to reduce the spread of COVID.
  6. Design activities so athletes may stay within their existing small groups to reduce amount of contact with different people.
  7. All “non-essential” contacts should be avoided (handshakes, high 5’s, etc.). 
  8. All skill instructions must be verbal.  There will be no “hand over hand” skill instruction. 
  9. Use cones and other equipment to ensure appropriate spacing is in place to support distancing. Reset cones that delineate the physical distancing parameters whenever they are moved out of place. 
  10. If an athlete requires an assistant to train it is recommended that the assistant be someone from the same household. If the athlete unable to bring someone from their household, the assistant must be the same person each week. The assistant will wear a mask while working with the athlete, all assistants will go through the same daily screening check. 
  11. Bring your own water bottles clearly labelled with your name – do not use public water fountains. 
  12. Team equipment should be sanitized before and after every training session.
  13. Coaches should not share handheld equipment such as clipboards, white board markers, etc.  Recommend coaches each have their own personal whiteboard kit to use as a visual aid for coaching. 
  14. Avoid using shared pinnies or any other equipment. Have players bring two different coloured shirts (dark and light).

Training Tips: 

  • Be creative with the structure of your practice times. Use a combination of general fitness training and skill training sessions 
  • Train the same hours but this will be a mix of skill training and fitness training, either in person or virtually. 
  • Make it clear that there is no penalty for missing practice and that if an athlete, or any member of their family does not feel well, they should stay at home. 

See page 5 of Basketball Canada’s Return to Play document for training tips.  Basketball Canada Training Tips 



  1. Competition will follow Return to Competition protocols. 


Each sport venue may have their own COVID-19 restrictions.  Please follow the instructions of the staff.