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.

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.

British Dodgeball Return to Play Guidance for England

There is not a separate Return to Play document for outdoor dodgeball. Unless specifically stated otherwise within the Return to Play Guidance document all indoor guidance should be followed.

All sports governing bodies must receive approval from the UK Government for their Return to Play Guidance. We can confirm that British Dodgeball has received approval, you can check the list here.

All schools and education establishments should follow our Return to Play Guidance in conjunction with relevant DFE Guidance when delivering dodgeball.

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

From 12th April, up to 15 people (including coaches) can take part in structured outdoor dodgeball training, through clubs affiliated to British Dodgeball providing they follow our Return to Sport protocols below.

Further updates including expected easing of restrictions to follow can be found here.

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.

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 ‘Timetable for Planned Phasing’ we will be updating our Return to Play once we have further guidance from Sport Scotland. From the 17th May 2021 the majority of Scotland will be moving to alert level 2. Which means that the following can take place:

Under 18’s

Organised dodgeball can take place. Organisations will need to follow return to play guidance below. Clubs, coaches and organisations must ensure they operate in line with the relevant guidance.

Adults

Organised indoor and outdoor dodgeball can take place. Organisations will need to follow return to play guidance below. Clubs, coaches and organisations must ensure they operate in line with the relevant guidance.

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

In the latest Welsh Government review a number of changes to restrictions and a new roadmap for easing of future restrictions was announced.

From 26th April 2021 organised outdoor dodgeball for up to 30 people can take place.

From 3rd May 2021 the following can take place:

  • Gyms, leisure Centres and fitness facilities will be able to reopen.
  • Indoor supervised dodgeball for children can resume.

View the Sport Wales website for further information.

For information on previously approved return to play guidance in Wales, approved on the 18th August 2020, see below.

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