Path Created For Youth And Adult Sports To Start Again In California

Friday February 19, 2021

     The State of California has laid out a path to resume youth and adult sports programs and about 27 counties are at the point where that will happen soon.

     But Ventura County, although close, is not quite there yet.

     Here is what the County of Ventura is saying as of Friday, February 19th...

"The State of California has announced updated sports guidance. The guidance is for Counties with a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000. The County of Ventura's case rate is at 21.6. Once the County meets the 14 per 100,000 case rate the County will be in alignment with the State's updated guidance."
State Updates Guidance for Youth and Recreational Adult Sports
Football, Soccer, Baseball, Cheerleading, and other Outdoor Sports Competitions May Resume with Modifications in Counties with Case Rates at
or Below 14 per 100,000
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released updated guidance for youth and recreational adult sports. The guidance applies to all organized youth and adult sports, including school and community-sponsored programs, and privately organized clubs and leagues. CDPH's guidance is aimed at giving communities guidelines on how to safely remain physically active while reducing transmission in their communities. Under the updated guidance, outdoor high-contact and moderate-contact sport competitions may resume in the Red (Substantial) tier and the Purple (Widespread) tier, with modifications, including testing requirements for certain outdoor high contact sports.
"Youth sports are important to our children's physical and mental health, and our public health approach has worked to balance those benefits against COVID-19 risks," said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “With case rates and hospitalizations declining across California, we are allowing outdoor competition to resume, with modifications and steps to reduce risk, in counties where case rates are lower.”
Under the updated guidance, outdoor high-contact sports can be played in counties in the Purple or Red tier with a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000. Weekly testing will be required for football, rugby and water polo participants age 13 and over in counties with a case rate between 7 and 14 per 100,000. Weekly testing, either antigen or PCR, is required for all participants and coaches in these sports, with results made available within 24 hours of competition. Football, rugby and water polo are high-contact sports that are likely to be played unmasked, with close, face-to-face contact exceeding 15 minutes.
Outdoor moderate-contact sports, such as baseball, cheerleading and softball, can be played in these counties without the testing requirement.
Due to the nature and risk of transmission, while participating in these sports, teams must provide information regarding risk to all parents/guardians of minors participating, and each parent shall sign an informed consent indicating their understanding and acknowledgment of the risks.
Any teams playing in a less restrictive sports tier are strongly encouraged to follow the steps outlined in the guidance to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This includes wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, and appropriate hand hygiene and equipment sanitation.
Youth and adult sports include varied activities that have different levels of risk for transmission of COVID-19 depending on the physical contact between players. Outdoor activities that allow for the consistent wearing of face coverings and physical distancing are lower risk than indoor activities that involve close contact between participants and high exertion that increases the spread of exhaled particles.
For more information on examples of sports with different levels of contact and risk by tier view the updated guidance.
Local health officers may implement more stringent rules tailored to local conditions and should be consulted to confirm if there are any local stricter variations.
For more information and resources on what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit www.covid19.ca.gov.