Basketball Ireland has announced that teams can begin pre-season training from 20 July, subject to Government guidelines.

The body's Return to Play group has also suggested that teams can target "normal start dates" used in previous campaigns for the upcoming season at all levels of the domestic game, adding that it is dependent on the availability of playing facilities and also subject to adherence with social distancing protocols.

Each club is also obliged to appoint a Covid-19 Compliance Officer.

 "We are urging members of the basketball community to fully comply with Government guidelines, as well as those from Basketball Ireland and Sport Ireland as we return to sport," said Basketball Ireland Board Director and Chair of the Return to Play group, Charles Higgins.

"We know you are keen to get back on to a court, but any steps to do so must be taken with due diligence, as we don't want any member of the basketball community exposed to illness or potential personal liability."

"The Return to Play group will meet as often as necessary to ensure all stakeholders can plan ahead accordingly in a safe manner. We shall continue to update the basketball community through the Basketball Ireland website and social media channels".