Return to Play

Our Return to Play page for dodgeball details the specific return to play guidance for each of the 4 home nations. Please ensure you follow the specific guidance for your nation and contact your facility provider in order to begin playing dodgeball again.

We also have specific guidance to assist schools return to dodgeball within their PE lessons available here:
SPECIFIC SCHOOL GUIDANCE

If you have any questions regarding the Return to Play guidance in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales please contact us via [email protected]

We hope you are able to enjoy returning to dodgeball safely and we look forward to seeing you on court soon. This page will be updated upon any new changes to the guidance in each nation.

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on Monday 22nd February of the governments 4 step plan to ease lockdown restrictions in England we can advise the following in relation to dodgeball.

Step 1 – 8th March 2021

  • Exercise & recreation is permitted outdoors with members of your household, with members of your support or childcare bubble or one other person. Social distancing should be followed.
  • Wraparound care including sport for all children is permitted. Dodgeball can take place at school for under 18’s as part of educational provision, or as part of wraparound care, but should not otherwise take place at this time.

Step 1 – 29th March 2021

  • Rule of 6 or two households permitted to meet for exercise and recreation outdoors. People from other households will still need to socially distance from one another.
  • Formally organised dodgeball outdoors (children and adults) can restart and will not be subject to the gatherings limits, but should be compliant with our guidance*.

Step 2 – No earlier than 12th April 2021

  • In addition to step 1.
  • Indoor leisure will reopen for adult individual use only, household or support bubble use.
  • All children will be able to attend dodgeball activities regardless of circumstance.
  • There will be no travel restrictions within England.

Step 3 – No earlier than 17th May 2021

  • In addition to step 2.
  • Rule of 6 or 2 households indoors.
  • Limits on social contact will be eased. Public to make informed personal decisions.
  • Organised adult indoor group sport can return following NGB approved guidance*.

Step 4 – No earlier than 21st June 2021.

  • In addition to step 3.
  • No legal limits on social contact.

*Our Return to Play Guidance for dodgeball in England was approved on the 31st July 2020 by the Department for Culture Media & Sport and Public Health England. We await further advice from the DCMS as to how this guidance should be implemented and if necessary amended at any of the steps above. We will update this page at the earliest opportunity once we receive this information.

The current regulations are in place until 1st April 2021. They will be reviewed on 18 March 2021.

Indoor and outdoor sport is not permitted. All sports facilities are closed. You cannot participate in personal one-to-one training sessions or group activities.

Dodgeball delivered as part of school PE for schools, pre schools and other education providers is permitted to continue.

Information on previously approved guidance for return to play in Northern Ireland can be found below.

On the 27th August 2020 we were able to confirm our return to dodgeball guidance for Northern Ireland. We sought specific guidance from the expert panel set up by Sport Northern Ireland in order to support a safe return to dodgeball in the country.

Please note there are some significant differences between the Northern Ireland guidance and those for the other home nations. These differences were specifically recommended by the expert panel.

There has been no updates or amendments to this guidance since it was published on the 27th August.

All dodgeball clubs must have a Covid Officer. Please view the following Covid Officer Guidance Document for further information.

***IMPORTANT UPDATE***
THE NORTHERN IRELAND EXECUTIVE HAS BANNED ALL INDOOR SPORT OF ANY KIND FROM FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2020 FOR A PERIOD OF 4 WEEKS

Return to Play Guidance – Northern Ireland

Club Resources

Club Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template

Return to Play Club Checklist

Club Test & Trace Template

As per Scotland’s Covid-19 Strategy updated on the 23rd February 2021 there will be gradual easings within Level 4, when data indicates it is safe. We will be working closely with Sport Scotland to ensure our dodgeball return to play guidance for Scotland is up to date and available at the earliest possible time.

Information on previously approved guidance for return to play can be found below.

All dodgeball clubs must have a Covid Officer. Please view the following Covid Officer Guidance Document for further information.

We also recommend that all club Covid-19 officers in Scotland complete the following training.

Return to Play Guidance – Scotland

5 Level System of Protections – impact on sport and exercise summary

  • Level 0: All sporting activity permitted
  • Level 1: No adult (18+) indoor contact sport (except professional sport).
  • Level 2: Same as level 1.
  • Level 3: No adult (18+) indoor non-contact group sport / exercise or adult (18+) indoor contact sport. No outdoor adult (18+) contact sport (except professional sport).
  • Level 4: Indoor sports facilities closed. No outdoor contact sport allowed for any age (except professional sport).

Once approved these measures will be implemented from Monday 2nd November, with the starting level in each area announced in advance. Phase 3 Return to Sport & Physical Activity Guidance 26/11/2020.

Local Restrictions – Scotland

Club Resources

Club Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template

Return to Play Club Checklist

Club Test & Trace Template

All of Wales is currently in Alert Level 4.

In relation to sport and exercise the following is permitted at Alert Level 4:

  • Outdoor exercise with household, support bubble, or with people from one other household, as long as the total number of people exercising is no more than 4 (excluding any carers or children under 1 from either of those households).
  • All sport courts and leisure and fitness facilities are closed.

For information on previously approved return to play guidance in Wales see below.

Guidance approved on the 18th August 2020 for dodgeball in Wales must be followed – See Below. Please take your time as club leads in Wales to read the guidance carefully and contact your facility providers.

All dodgeball clubs must have a Covid Officer. Please view the following Covid Officer Guidance Document for further information.

Return to Play Guidance – Wales

Club Resources

Club Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template

Return to Play Club Checklist

Club Test & Trace Template

British Dodgeball