Ontario Basketball releases Return to Play Guidelines for Phase 2


June 24, 2020 – Hello to all of our athletes, families, coaches, and officials,

Ontario Basketball (OBA) is missing it courts and its community and is pleased to announce “Return to Play” guidelines for Phase 2 of a multi-phased approach to safely resuming basketball activities.

First and foremost, please remember that all the current restrictions and those that will come into effect as we reach next stages, are imposed by the Ontario Government and medical health authorities. These, and the Return to Play protocols in development by Canada Basketball and OBA, are designed to facilitate the ongoing and continued safety of our members and all Ontarians.

It is important to note that OBA’s Return to Play Phase 2 is based on basketball activities in the province and this and future phases will not directly correspond to the Ontario Government’s reopening phases (which broadly cover all sectors of business) or Canada Basketball’s Back to Basketball plan (which broadly applies to all provinces and territories).

This document outlines working timelines, guidelines, measures and precautions that support a phased Return to Play plan while following health and safety measures at all times. We encourage our members to read and share these guidelines for Phase 2 and the OBA will continue to update these guidelines as restrictions are lifted.


If you are an OBA member you can now practice or train at an indoor facility, with modified health and safety measures in place. The process is as follows:
  1. Fill out the OBA Assumption of Risk Waiver form with a parent or guardian. This will ensure you have insurance for associated risks of the basketball activity, not for COVID-19 as contagion insurance is not being offered at this time.
  2. Arrange in advance with an open facility to train and ask what to expect when you arrive. Indoor basketball gyms are subject to the Ontario Government’s Essential Business guidelines and must follow those regulations at all times.
  3. When you arrive at the gym a staff member will ask you to give a Daily Attestation of Health where you declare that you have no symptoms. The facility records that information and keeps it on file in case of suspected outbreaks.
  4. Training can take place with a maximum of five (5) participants on a court, including coaches, each using their own basket and basketball and staying two (2) metres distant from anyone not within your household.


* facilities may elect to perform Daily Attestation verbally but are provided with this form for additional security
Poster of Risks for Facilities
* facilities are encouraged to register in order to access OBA databases of players who have signed Assumption of Risk waivers and are bonafide OBA members, and to access COVID Tracing Form to input data from participants following Daily Attestations



Ontario Basketball would like to thank its members and the basketball community across the province for your patience and support during these times – THANK YOU!