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Return to Play – FAQs

Return to Play – FAQs


  • These FAQs were published on 10 August 2020 (with updates made following the publication of the revised Guidance on 26 March 2021). 
  • They are subject to and will change based on Government advice and guidance. 
  • Please read these FAQs in conjunction with BWB’s Return to Play guidance for more information regarding phases. 

Registration and Membership

We expect that all participants undertaking any wheelchair basketball activity with, or on behalf of, an affiliated BWB club to be registered on Playwaze. This registration on BWB’s Playwaze system is free of charge and doesn’t require a membership to be purchased.  

This registration will allow all individuals to sign-up to club sessions via the online system, which adheres to British Wheelchair Basketball’s Return to Play guidance and supports home governments Track and Trace initiatives  

Anyone (or any club) that has a requirement to be covered by BWB’s insurance or who wants to utilise a membership benefit will also need to have a valid current membership/affiliation. 

If a BWB affiliated club has new participants or infrequent participants then these individuals can attend up to four taster sessions and be covered by the club’s public liability insurance (if you are registered for the 2020/21 season). 


All participants present at affiliated club sessions will need to have ‘signed-up’ for the session via BWB’s online system for the Mobilisation Stage and all future stages. This would require them to have firstly registered via the BWB Playwaze system. 

This includes anyone in attendance at the session, to the maximum numbers detailed in the Return to Play guidance.  

If you have new participants or infrequent participants, they can attend up to four taster sessions which is covered by the affiliated club’s public liability insurance. 

There is no deadline for either club or individual registrations, however it is important to note that the 2019/20 season membership/affiliation benefits, such as insurance, expired on 31st August 2020.

Membership and affiliation are separate to team entry fees for BWB national leagues and competitions. 

Based on the current Return to Play guidance BWB has not released team entry for the 2020/21 season 

Membership and affiliation fees provide our membership with essential benefits to support their wheelchair basketball activity throughout the season, most prevalent of which is the inclusion of insurance cover.  

To support clubs and participants at this time, and to ensure that they have access to these vital benefits BWB has reduced club affiliation and individual membership fees by 40% for the 2020/21 registration period. 

Licenced coaches can only deliver BWB sanctioned activity under their membership benefit insurance, delivering training in an unaffiliated club environment would not constitute as a licenced activity.

Facilities and Equipment

The government has produced up-to-date guidance for cleaning in non-healthcare settings here is the link: 

BWB will seek to provide more detailed training and good practice on this over the coming weeks. 

If an individual decides to opt in to participate in a session, they are liable for any damage that may occur to their chair. In order to reduce the risk of any damage, we advise that during the risk assessment process the Leader/Coach of the session identifies any areas of the court that are uneven, are damaged and/or present a risk of injury or harm and that risk management procedures are taken to reduce this.   

As many of you are aware a number of our athletes are currently using sports chairs in their local park courts with family members or individual training and ball skills. 

If you don’t have access to an outdoor court, then also take a look at other outdoor spaces such as parks, tennis courts, etc. Ensure that you risk assess the activity area as appropriate within the guidelines. Use of mobile equipment such as portable baskets are permitted if this is an option for you. If you are unable to undertake any outdoor activity, you will not be able to take part in the mobilisation stage of the plan.  

The BWB team is on hand to help with small grant applications to purchase equipment or for volunteer development etc. Find the latest available fund across the UK here 

Take a look at these facilities finders 




Northern Ireland 

Still need help don’t worry the teams on hand please give our Engagement Manager Jay Popat a call on 01509 438443 or email  

Your risk assessment process should also include concerns relating to weather conditions. In most cases there will be a heightened risk presented should wet weather occur, there is also a heightened risk of damage to the equipment. Please ensure these are included in your risk assessment.  

Ideally outdoor facilities that are bookable through an administration process are always the most secure ways to prevent passing public and unplanned attendances at sessions. However, we recognise that these types of outdoor facilities are limited. We would therefore advise that you include this in your risk assessment process and develop a script for session leaders to use in order to inform people that this is a members only session including the length of time it will last and how, potentially, they can join in the future.  

Guidance and Restrictions

Yes, face masks/coverings should be worn in all training sessions whether they are in inside or outside. This is to reduce the risk of droplet transmission and the risk this represents to others. If individuals have face mask exemptions, this should be recorded on the participant opt-in form and included in the club’s activity risk assessment.  

Information about face mask exemptions can be found here 

The National Deaf Children’s Society has provided tips for communicating when wearing face masks or coverings. Options might include: 

  • Using alternative forms of communication – such as writing things down on a tactic white board 
  • Using face masks with clear panels where the mouth can be seen or, better still, using face visors/shield.  

Further information can be found here 


Hand sanitiser can be used to clean and maintain cleanliness throughout the session. It is important that hand sanitiser contains a minimum of 70% alcohol.  This should be recorded on your facility risk assessment. 

Further guidance: 

  • World Health Organisation – Clean Hands Protection (Link) 
  • NHS – How to wash your hands (Link) 

Toileting facilities should be included/considered in the club’s risk assessment process and clearly communicated to all session participants. As you will be aware many park toilet and changing facilities are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 risk.

The use of toilets should be avoided where possible. Please include this in your risk assessment and communicate in advance that toilets are not likely to be available, please consider the safeguarding implications if individuals are U18 and accessing parks toiletsCommunication in advance to participants and parents/carers that the club will not be including toilet access during clubs sessions. 

Indoor activity for all participants will be able to resume in Stage 2 of BWB’s Return to Play Guidance (no sooner than 17th May).

In line with the Government exemptions (England only), disabled participants will be able to return to indoor training (full court – up to 12 people; half-court – up to six people) from the 29th March 2021, and Under-18s (disabled or non-disabled) from 12th April 2021 in England.

(Please note these exemptions may vary for each Home Country so please always refer to the latest guidance issued by your Home Government)

If you do not have first aid provision provided by your venue, you must ensure that you have adequate first aid provision for all club delivered sessions to allow for any accident or emergency. 

In the event that an incident occurs during an activity, club members must consult with their trained first aid staff/officer to ensure all requires safety protocols are followed. 

For advice on administering first aid during times of Covid-19, the Resuscitation Council (UK) have issued guidance, as have St John Ambulance and British Red Cross 

Yes. Equally, you can request the facilities risk assessment in order to support the development of your club/session risk assessment too. This is actually best practice as they or you may have not identified something that later presents a risk to participation.  

We ask that clubs adhere to our guidance in their return to sport planning, and this includes the completion of risk assessments. The scoring of a risk assessment is subjective and our clubs are in the best place to assess the severity and likelihood of risks they might encounter. Our guidance includes a check and challenge by the club committee which should also consider the scoring of risk assessments. If due diligence is followed, and risk assessments are not intentionally misrepresented, then insurance should not be impacted.

Yes, you can, however we would recommend one designated point of contact for liaising with BWB and/or Test and Trace. 

No, the BWB Return to Play Guidance applies to everyone. All BWB and Government guidance must be followed, whether you have had a COVID-19 vaccination or not.

Sessions, Ratios and Attendees

England only: Indoor organised disability sport can resume from 29th March under the Government’s disability sport exemption and in line with BWB’s Stage 1 Guidance.

In England, disabled participants will be able to return to indoor activity (full court – up to 12 people; half-court – up to six people) from 29th March 2021. This exemption only applies to disabled people and any other people necessary to enable the sport to take place, e.g. a coach helping a disabled person to participate.

Disability Exemption: All session participants (excluding coach) must be disabled as defined by the Equality Act 2010 uk/definition-of-disability-under-equality-act-2010 (home country variations may apply)

Currently, there are no exemptions for disability sport in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Yes, the maximum number of people per court, including coaches, team staff and participants, is 12 per full court and six per half court.  

Yes, BWB’s guidance is that there should be a maximum of 12 people on a full court and six on a half court, irrespective of whether they are a junior or senior player.

Each sport has had to produce their own risk management processes and in order to get our sport back on court at this point of the Return to Play plan, 12 is the limit to reduce the risk of cross contamination and spreading the disease. 

Our numbers consider that our guidance is to maintain 1m+ social distancing on court.

Coaches: Providing that coaches are maintaining a 1m+ social distance at all times, and are not handling equipment and wearing appropriate face coverings in an outdoor setting (or adequately ventilated indoor venue for the exemptions in England) BWB’s guidance is that coaches would be able to support two 1 hour sessions within a 2 hour window. This would also require all participants to observe hand washing/hygiene practices and satisfactory self assessment at the commencement of the session.

Participants: With regards to other session participants, British Wheelchair Basketball’s guidance is that they only attend one 1 hour session in any given day. The primary reason for this is due to the individual’s exertion during the session.  

Player/Coaches: A player coach will not be able to coach a session then attend a session (or vice versa) – due to their level of interaction and exertion during either session.  

Yes, you can. Social distancing must be maintained, and we would recommend staggered start and end times to avoid crossover of participants. 

You must also ensure that you have allowed sufficient time for cleaning of equipment or shared areas – again this detail must be included within the activity Risk Assessment.  

This will form part of your risk assessment, please engage your Club Welfare Officers to ensure your return plans meet safeguarding requirements. Think about how you structure small group sessions, how to run half courts, full court, multi court environments, ages and the length of sessions and the number of small groups that could run across a training night ( e.g. 30min sessions). 

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