Coaching Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can adults and u18’s train together.

A: Yes as long as it is in an organised session following Covid-19 coaching guidelines.

Q: What is the maximum number of players per session.

A: For adults and youth players, we recommend a maximum of 15 on 1 full court, 30 on 2 full courts.

Q: Can we register new players.

A: Yes you can register any new members until the 31st of October, this can be done, free of charge, by emailing with their name, gender, DOB, email, home address and phone number.

Q: Can adults play contact outside themselves without it being organised through the club

A: Only organised sport can play contact, otherwise social distance must be followed along with Scottish Government guidance

Q: If someone comes to a club session and they have to self-isolate after testing positive the next day, do the rest of the people at the session need to self-isolate?

A: That is down to test and protect to get in touch with each person. If they’ve come into contact with someone who has had a positive test, the NHS should follow up with the contacts.

Q: Where can i find the Covid Officer training?

A: Covid Officer training can be found here

Q: How long do I need to keep the session register for Track and Trace.

A: Information should be recorded digitally if possible, but a paper record is acceptable too. Writing contact details in a book or register and destroying these safely when the 21 day retention period is over is acceptable so long as the register is kept out of public sight and stored securely. Similarly, digital records must be securely deleted at the end of the 21 day retention period. The Covid Officer needs to be identified and appropriately trained for this. To minimise the risk of virus transmission during this process, any written information should be noted by a designated member of staff/volunteer and not by each individual or group.

COVID-19 Updates

For any questions that are not answered below, please email 

August 28th

basketballscotland issues guidance for a return to indoor basketball.

Guidance to take effect from Monday 31st August:

  • 11 & under can play competitive indoor basketball
  • Those aged 12 and older must physically distance at all times
  • Facilities may also issue guidance that should be adhered to

Guidance for indoor basketball 31st August 2020

August 21st

basketballscotland updates guidance relating to Coaching outdoor after Scottish Government announcement, 20 August.

Major Changes to take effect from Monday 24th August:

  • competitive adult basketball now allowed providing basketballscotland guidance (link below) is followed
  • numbers attending sessions has increased to up to 30. This depends on space and player:coach ratio. basketballscotland advise up to 15 participants on 1 court
  • Test and Protect guidelines in place (Section 11 of below document)

Updated Guidance for Coaching Outdoors 24th August 2020

August 7th

basketballscotland updates guidance relating to outdoor competition for children and young people.

Major Changes: 2.4; 2.5; 6 & 7

UPDATED Guidance for coaching outdoors 6.8.2020

August 3rd

basketballScotland releases a joint statement to Scottish Government

Read The Statement Here

July 15th

basketballScotland has released and updated guidance for coaching outdoors.

UPDATED Guidance for coaching outdoors

July 10th

basketballScotland has published guidance for outdoor basketball as Scotland moves to Phase 3 of the Route Map through and out of the crisis

Phase 3 Guidance for coaching outdoors

June 29th

basketballScotland has created a map showing some of the outdoor courts in Scotland. 

Click here for the map 

June 24th

basketballScotland releases guidance for coaching outdoors as the government announces Phase 2.

Click here for Phase 2 Guidance 

June 24th

Return to Basketball Phase 2:

Information on the changes for basketball, including guidance for coaching outdoors, as the government announce the next steps out of lockdown.

May 29th

Return to Basketball Phase 1:

Information on the minor changes for basketball as government announce first steps out of lockdown.

May 5th

With momentum gathering about a loosening of lockdown restrictions, basketballScotland felt it was a good time to provide an update on what conditions need to be met before we can return to training and playing basketball in Scotland.

Click here for more information

May 1st

The Sportscotland website has a list of virtual safeguarding courses and workshops around Child Wellbeing and Protection. To attend a course, contact the organiser noted on the listing.

April 16th

basketballscotland has partnered with SAMH to help improve mental health during this difficult time with tips and challenges from their 5 Way’s to better Mental Health.

Contact the SAMH team here

April 15th

Over the next few months, we will continue to provide support to our membership in any way we can. In addition, we will look at a range of options to ensure a suitable conclusion is drawn to the 2019 – 20 season.  

Furthermore, we will endeavour to undertake the following projects: 

  • U14 basketball structure redesigned
  • Coaching Qualifications re-designed
  • Table Officials Course updates with new rules and responsibilities
  • basketballscotland Regulations Review
  • Azolve Membership System Review

If you would like any more information or wish to connect with us, please email 

April 15th

As we continue to navigate through this challenging period, we want to support in any way we can. Currently we provide weekly information regarding: 

Mental Health: Tips and challenges, in partnership with SAMH, to look after your mental health. 

Coaching: Conference Call every Thursday – keep an eye on social media for details of the theme each week 

Support for Clubs: Bespoke assistance depending on the requirements and needs of each club 

Keep Active at Home: We will provide daily suggestions to encourage physical and mental stimulation. 

April 15th

RDLs and National Challenge: The National Challenge has been cancelled. Due to the continued ongoing uncertainty caused by Covid-19 the venue booking was terminated, forcing the decision upon us. The incomplete state of the RDL’s adds a further layer of complexity to any attempts to reschedule the National Challenge.

We are hopeful to organise junior regional events when the opportunity to resume basketball in a safe environment presents itself. These will be an effort to welcome as many back onto the court as we can. As such, the RDL will remain incomplete for season 2019 – 20. Any efforts to organise junior regional festivals are dependent on when restrictions are lifted and it is safe to return to basketball.

April 14th

With club’s facing uncertainty around finances at this time, basketballscotland has created a page that aims to support club leaders operating the finances at clubs throughout Scotland.

Click for finance support

April 8th

FIBA Europe Board cancels all European Championships for Summer 2020. 

U16 Men & Women Euros warm up tournament in Copenhagen has been cancelled. 

April 7th

basketballscotland launches Keep Active at Home to help with physical and mental health.

April 6th

basketballscotland places 9 members of the team on furlough. To contact the team, please email and your email will be redirected to the appropriate team member. 

April 2nd

basketballscotland’s registered officials are all sent FIBA’s new Referees Home-Based Training Plan, assisting in the maintenance of fitness levels during down time.

Click for the training plan

April 2nd

basketballscotland and our Home Nation partners have agreed to cancel the U14 Tri Nations Tournament. The event was due to be held in Dundee at the end of May and was set to feature 120 boys & girls from Scotland, England and Wales.

March 28th

basketballscotland’s National Development Manager, Adam Szymoszowskyj, will facilitate an interactive workshop over Zoom at 2pm this Thursday, April 2nd, to support those operating the finances at clubs throughout Scotland.

Click for call times and to register

March 26th

We’ve shared a ‘how to’ guide for club committees looking to use online technology to stay connected.

Click for more

March 24th

basketballscotland announce Coach Developer Darryl Wood will host a weekly Zoom call for Scottish coaches, each Thursday at 6:30pm. Interested coaches can register their interest via email at

Click here for details

March 23rd

basketballscotland launches new #OneMoreBasket campaign, encouraging clubs to support vulnerable and isolated members of their local communites.

Click here for more

March 23rd

basketballscotland email member clubs outlining plans to engage the Scottish basketball community over the coming weeks. Plans are centred around key themes, including:

  • Helping the community
  • Reducing social isolation
  • Supporting mental wellbeing
  • Keeping active at home

March 19th

With uncertainty continuing to surround the timeline for basketball’s return, basketballscotland has today outlined three potential solutions for the conclusion or cancellation of the Soho Wealth SBC Playoffs with the aim of providing some clarity for member clubs.

Click for full statement

March 19th

Following on from yesterday’s Scottish Government’s announcement that all schools in Scotland will be closed from Friday 20 March for an indefinite period, potentially through until the summer holidays, basketballscotland has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Scottish Secondary School Cup Competition.

Based up projected timelines for this virus and the disruption it will cause for students and teachers, it looks highly unlikely that there will be an appropriate timeline in order to deliver the final stages of these competitions.

We congratulate all teams who have participated and progressed in the rounds played to date and we will formally recognise the success of all teams who have reached finals in this year’s competitions.

March 19th

On the back of the Scottish Government announcement in relation to school closures, we are hearing that many Local Authorities are taking the step to close down all sport and leisure facilities.  It is expected that Local Authorities across the country will follow suit.

March 17th

Representatives from basketballscotland, Basketball England, Basketball Wales, BBL and the WBBL have come together to create a Critical Response Group, holding daily consultations regarding COVID-19.

March 17th

The British Basketball League (BBL) has agreed a decision to postpone the 2019/20 season until further notice due to the on-going impact of these measures. The BBL will continue to work with clubs and partners to explore all options allowing them to continue the season prudently and safely at the earliest opportunity.

Click for BBL Statement

March 17th

The Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) has taken the decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

Click for WBBL statement

March 17th

British Wheelchair Basketball has extended their suspension to include all BWB sanctioned club sessions. This includes club taster sessions and training sessions.

Click for BWB Guidance

March 16th

Training for all of basketballscotland’s National Academies has been suspended indefinitely. FIBA are set to review youth competitions in April, a decision which will effect the U16 programme, whilst the U14 Tri-Nations tournament is being monitored with a decision expected in April.

FIBA statement: Competitions suspended

March 16th

All basketballscotland programmes are postponed for an indefinite period. These programmes include:

  • Jr. NBA Final Fours
  • Regional Academies
  • CashBack School of Basketball
  • All coaching and officiating courses

March 16th

A further update from the BBL/WBBL is expected following a board meeting on Tuesday evening (17th). In the meantime, the Caledonia Pride programme and training schedule is on hold.

March 16th

British Wheelchair Basketball suspend all fixtures and competitions for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

Link to BWB’s statement

March 14th

basketballscotland advise member clubs via email to prepare a plan in order to close down activities at a time that best suits each club individually. All clubs are fully supported in their decisions to cancel or postpone any activities, with basketballscotland placing emphasis on the importance of safeguarding players, staff and communities.

March 14th

Tina Gordon, basketballscotland’s Disability Talent & Pathways Manager, has made contact with British Wheelchair Basketball and Scottish wheelchair clubs regarding participation in British Leagues.

March 13th

basketballscotland invokes business continuity plan, with all employees working remotely for an indefinite period. Staff can be reached via email, with each member of staff’s contact details listed via the link below:

Click for Staff contact details

March 13th

With several cases of self-isolation highlighted within the Scottish basketball community and feedback received from numerous clubs, basketballscotland postpones all basketballscotland competitions. The postponements are initially for two weeks, although likely to be extended.

Postponed competitions include:

  • Soho Wealth SBC Playoffs
  • Chairman’s Cup
  • Clinimed-SecuriCare SBC Scottish Cup Final

Click for full statement

March 12th

Monitoring Scottish and British government advice, basketballscotland confirm implementation of new hygiene-based game protocols.

Click for full statement