LBN Operations Update
Government and Basketball England Advice
We paid closed attention to the new guidelines announced by the government on May 10th, and we want to keep the LBN family updated.
From Monday 1 June, there are a limited number of things you will be able to do in England that you could not do before:
- Competitive sport is allowed behind closed doors. However, the government has not made any resolutions regarding amateur indoor sports in its guidelines. So we do not expect for amateur sports to be resumed at least till the end of summer.
- People will be able to spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines. You can find the full UK Government guidance here.
Sports England has issued a useful summary of the situation. Exercising in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre is still prohibited.
Basketball England has issued a "Return to Play" guidance, which recommends organisations to aim to start 2020/21 Seasons by the end of the year, subject to COVID-19 recovery plan going as expected.
We hope that for everyone's sake that this crisis ends as soon as possible, and advise you all to stay safe in the meantime. Coming back to what we call "normal" might not happen for a while, and even when our beloved sport is allowed to resume, there will be new guidelines and procedures to follow.
With all the above in mind, we're sad to announce that Summer League 2020 will not be taking place.
LBN 19/20 Winter Season Playoffs are still to be re-evaluated, and we'll make a decision together with the participating teams (and following BE guidelines) in the upcoming months.
LBN 20/21 Winter Season will be subject to UK Government guidance. If venues are open, we will be back.
That said, we're not going anywhere!
We want you to know we're on top of the situation and will update you as soon as we have any official guideline. LBN will provide support to its players in order to secure a smooth transition from their homes to the court.
We're looking forward to returning to the courts as much as you all are!
We'll interview the rest of our teams (Spartans, Viesulas, London Commodores and London 3nd) soon!
Thanks for being there.
Stay strong. Stay safe. Stay home
Update August 6th 2020
As the situation evolves, we want to keep everyone updated on our work and next steps.
After analysing both the government and Basketball England advice and guidelines to “return to play”, and contacting our suppliers, we aim to start a new tournament - ideally a new “Winter League 20/21” - by the end of the year. To do so, teams should be able to resume their training sessions around August/September. We think there has to be at least 2 months between the return of practices and the return of official games. Teams have to get together again, courts need to reopen and put in place new regulations. We want everyone to feel up to the task before competition starts again. This is also in line with the course of action suggested by Basketball England in the “Back to Basketball” Plan. You can check the full plan HERE.
This means that, with great sadness, we have to officially cancel the Winter League 19/20 Playoffs. Advice from Basketball England and UK Government have ruled out finishing ongoing seasons a long time ago, but we thought that if basketball was back around the summer we might have been able to finish our season. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
We don’t think that having the Playoff once Basketball is officially back will fairly reflect how they would have been if they were played in March, when they were supposed to take place. A lot has happened in the last 6 months: teams have lost players, players have not been training nor have played team basketball in a while. We think it’s in everyone's best interest to focus on the future season/s.
In the meantime, we’ll keep updating you on our plans, and you can enjoy the 2 new podcasts:
3nD’s podcast coming out this weekend!
Thanks for being there.