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Most California Kids Are Doing Virtual School. But What About Youth Sports?




The Roxbury 10U Baseball team hosts Wayne, Kinnelon, Denville, Montville and Long Valley during the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripkin District 7 tournament.
The Roxbury 10U Baseball team hosts Wayne, Kinnelon, Denville, Montville and Long Valley during the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripkin District 7 tournament.
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Basketball, tennis, soccer— as anyone who has walked through a park in the last six months knows, kids went on playing them throughout the stay-at-home order, either through loosely organized games with friends or more formalized camps.

Last month, California finalized guidelines for youth sports after all but eliminating them in March. The three primary conditions laid out by the guidelines are that participants maintain a physical distance of six feet, have a stable cohort for play and that activities should take place outside. All athletes participating in indoor activities must have a face covering. Sports that do not lend themselves to six feet distance or a stable cohort (football, wrestling, etc.) are limited to conditioning. Regardless of the guidelines, however, many families are making the personal calculus by weighing the social benefits against the health risks. Kids that are kept at home may be put in the agonizing position of watching their friends go back to sports and resume a fuller social life. And families that allow their kids back must contend with the risk that their child could contract the virus and bring it home. 

If you or your child are in youth sports, how are you making the decision? What are your concerns,  and how are you making the choice to participate (or not) in sports this fall? Has your child taken up a new, pandemic-friendly sport? We want to hear from you. Leave a comment below or join the conversation by giving us a call at 866-893-5722.