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.

Update
After the announcement that England will do into a 2nd National Lockdown from the 5th November until the 2nd December all community adult & junior club training is unable to take place during this time.

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.

As club leads please take your time to read the guidance carefully as guidance is different in each home nation.

Following government regulations that came into effect from the 24th September 2020 indoor dodgeball for adults must adhere to the updated guidance regarding the rule of 6. You can find specific guidance on this update and what it means for your adult dodgeball sessions here – 24th September Update.

Since the 2nd October 2020 University & College dodgeball taking place in a formal capacity at Universities and Colleges in England is not subject to the rule of 6 and can follow the return to play guidance below.

All under 18’s dodgeball must still follow the return to play guidance below

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

Return to Play Guidance – England

Local Covid Alert Levels – 3 Tier System

From 2nd December 2020 the UK Government 3 Tier system will be in place that will have a direct impact on dodgeball.

If you are in a medium risk area
– Adult dodgeball can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed.

If you are in a high risk area
– Adult dodgeball can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport

If you are in a very high risk area
– Adult dodgeball can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with), or for youth or disability sport.

The government will also seek to agree additional interventions in consultation with local authorities in very high risk areas, this includes:
– Closing venues such as leisure centres and gyms (while ensuring provision remains available for elite athletes, youth and disabled sport and physical activity).

You can check the Covid alert levels in your area here.

You can view the government webpage on local Covid alert levels here.

University & College Dodgeball
Currently indoor sport is allowed for educational purposes as part of a formal curriculum.

Club Resources

Club Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template

Return to Play Club Checklist

Club Test & Trace Template

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

On the 27th August 2020 we were able to confirm that our return to dodgeball guidance for Scotland was approved by Sport Scotland.

Please take your time as club leads to read the below guidance carefully and contact your facility providers. This guidance is for Scotland only and there are some specific differences between this and the guidance for each of the other home nations.

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.

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

From 9th November 2020 the following guidance has come into force from the Welsh Government’s coronavirus regulations.

Indoor Sport

Up to 15 people will be able to take part in an organised indoor group activity, whilst individual indoor exercise is still permissible as before the firebreak. However, there are two important additions to note:

1. Children aged under 11 plus those organising the activity (such as coaches) are NOT INCLUDED in these numbers. The number of children aged under 11 who can legally participate is constrained only by the boundaries of the setting and the need for sufficient adults to be present to supervise.

2. Simultaneous groups of 15 people will be able to take part in organised activities indoors, using the UK Active guidance to determine the maximum capacity for the available setting.

Outdoor Sport

Up to 30 people can take part in organised outdoors activities, but the organisers will need to take all reasonable measures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Children aged under 11 plus those organising the activity (such as coaches) are NOT INCLUDED in these numbers.

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

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