COVID-19: Youth Sports Resources

COVID-19: Youth Sports Resources


As restrictions nationwide are gradually lifted – and the pursuit of a new normal is under way – one of the most pressing questions is how youth sports can safely return in our communities.

In the coming weeks young athletes in several states will be back on the field, but how those practices will work and look, and whether games can be played while protecting all those involved remains to be seen.

On Friday, May 22, at 4 pm EST, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is conducting a webinar for youth sports stakeholders. (REGISTRATION LINK)

The National Alliance for Youth Sports recommends that all groups follow the guidelines set by the CDC while making programming decisions, as well as your state’s public health department.

Protecting our young athletes, as well as volunteer coaches, parents, officials and staff who conduct the programs is of utmost importance, as we all understand the challenges tied to group settings.

Below are links to the CDC, leading health and sport organizations, and various resources to assist with your decision making – and we encourage the careful review of their recommendations:  


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Considerations for Youth Sports

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Guidelines for Parks and Recreation Facilities

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Youth Programs and Camps Decision Tool

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Guidance for Administrators in Parks and Recreational Facilities

State Health Department Websites

World Health Organization

PLAY Sports Coalition - Return to Play Guidelines

USA Softball: Back to the Ballpark Recommendations

United States Specialty Sports Association: Return-to-Play Guidelines

United States Tennis Association: Player Tips and Recommendations

National Federation of State High School Associations: Reopening Guidelines

National Recreation and Park Association

Minnesota Department of Health – Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth Sports

New York State Recreation and Park Society – Reopening Guidance

Minnesota - Stay Safe Guidance for Organized Sports

COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources CDC Safety

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