Cork basketball: No sign of a return to the hardwood before August

Cork basketball: No sign of a return to the hardwood before August
Nil Sabata, Neptune, taking on Joseph Tummon and Conor Curran, Moycullen, last season. Picture: Jim Coughlan

CORK BASKETBALL is on hold until at least August 10. 

While the national league was effectively complete when sport was halted in March, there was a host of local competitions from U12 up still to be finished from the 2019-'20 campaign.

It remains to be seen if they can be completed. The men's and women's Super Leagues and Division 1 leagues won't commence for next season until November, a six-week delay from last year. 

Owen Connolly of Fr Mathew's in action against Aaron Whelan of IT Carlow. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Owen Connolly of Fr Mathew's in action against Aaron Whelan of IT Carlow. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The board of Basketball Ireland is liaising with the executive and Sport Ireland and will issue a return date to competition as soon as possible, to allow clubs to begin preparations. 

Among measures being taken by Basketball Ireland is a framework for new training plans and competition formats for the sport, should they be required. 

There are new challenges and coaching tips going up online regularly via the sport's highly active social media channels, including these skills from Glanmire's Annaliese Murphy:

In a statement the board of Basketball Ireland said:

“First and foremost, the board of Basketball Ireland would like to thank all of the frontline workers who have been working so tirelessly to help Ireland battle this pandemic. Many of these workers are members of the basketball community, and we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to them for all of their work.

"As we all know, these are very strange times and the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. The board would like to reassure all Basketball Ireland members that we are working hard with Sport Ireland on Return to Sport protocols. 

"Last week, the government issued a detailed Roadmap for Reopening, outlining their proposed plan for getting life and sport back to normal. Phase five of this roadmap, which currently begins on August 10, details the return of close physical contact sports, and that spectators can begin to attend live sporting events in accordance.

"The board is now using these guidelines to plan for a return to basketball, and this plan will comply fully with all government and HSE guidelines. 

One of the Cork Basketball U16 Development Squad panels with coach John Ferris in Tralee.
One of the Cork Basketball U16 Development Squad panels with coach John Ferris in Tralee.

"The board recognises that Basketball Ireland prides itself on being an innovative organisation, and we are already putting a framework in place for new training plans and competition formats, should these need to be activated as the situation continues to change. 

"We would like to thank all of our members for complying with the guidelines to date, and we also recognise that it is important for players and officials of all ages to know a date for return to competition, so that clubs can begin to prepare. We will provide this as soon as possible. We look forward to getting everyone back on the court in a safe and secure manner and cannot wait to see you all courtside as soon as possible.”

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