Youth Sports During COVID-19

As youth sports start back up in some communities, remember these steps to help keep players, coaches and families safer​ during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Before the sports season starts:

​​☐​​Understand the new safety rules and expectations for participation during COVID-19.
​​☐​​​Each child should have their own cloth face covering, hand sanitizer, towel, water bottle, and tissues labeled with their names.
​​☐​​​All youth athletes should have an up-to-date sports physical before participating.​ To book your Kids First sports physical call us at 919-250-3478 

Prior to practice or ga​mes:

​​​☐​ ​​​​​Athletes ​should stay home from practice or games if they’re feeling sick or have a fever.
​​​Wash hands​ before arriving, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
​​​​Bring labeled (with name) personal sports equipment, water bottle, towel, tissues, hand sanitizer, and cloth face covering.
​​​☐​Stay in the car or assigned school location until the coach is ready to start practice
​​​☐​​Avoid gathering in groups before practice, maintain social distance and wear a cloth face mask.​

During sports practice or games:

​​​​Whenever possible, athletes maintain 6-8 feet of physical distance during drills and conditioning.​
​☐​​When possible and safe, athletes should each wear cloth face covering–especially on the sideline, in dugouts, and during team chats. However, masks should not be worn during:​​active exercise.​​​​water sports.sports where face coverings could get caught on equipment or accidentally cover eyes.
​Avoid these behaviors:​Huddles, high-fives, fist bumps, handshakes, etc.Sharing food or drink with teammates.Cheering, chanting, or singing when ​​closer than 6-8 feet from others.Spitting or blowing nose without a tissue.​
☐​​Store personal equipment 6-8 feet away from other teammates’ equipment.
☐​​Minimize sharing sports equipment when possible.​
☐​​Sanitize hands before and after using shared equipment such as balls, bats, and sticks.​
☐​​​Tell a coach if you are not feeling well and leave practice or game with a parent or caregiver.

After sports practice or games:

​​☐​​​Sanitize or wash hands.​​
​​​Wash cloth face coverings, towel and practices clothes or uniform.​
​​​Clean personal sports equipment and water bottle.

Remember

Talk with your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions about youth sports participation safety based on COVID-19 in your community and your child’s health.  

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, healthychildren.org 

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