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City Issues COVID-19 Safe Start Protocols for Sports Leagues Using City Facilities

Feb 05, 2021

Indoor & Outdoor Sports – Safe Start Protocols Practices & Games

Indoor & Outdoor Youth Team Sports and Adult Recreational Team

The risk of transmitting the SARS CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 depends on multiple factors including: 1) Number of people in a location, 2) Type of location, 3) Distance between people, 4) Length of time at location, 5) Level of protective equipment used (e.g. face coverings). As general guidance, smaller groups are safer than larger ones; outdoor locations are safer than indoor; sports that can ensure distance of six (6) feet or more are safer than closer contact; and shorter duration is safer than longer.

Sport Risk Category Guidance (all phases)

For the purposes of this document, sports are defined using the following risk categories (The list below is not all-encompassing. Some sports are covered in other guidance documents, and if so those guidance documents govern those activities. If a sport does not appear on this list that does not necessarily mean it is prohibited at this time.):

  • Low Risk Sports: tennis, swimming, pickleball, golf, gymnastics, climbing, skating, archery, fencing, cross country, track and field, sideline/no-contact cheer and no-contact dance, disc golf.
  • Moderate Risk Sports: softball, baseball, t-ball, soccer, futsal, volleyball, lacrosse, flag football, ultimate frisbee, ice hockey, cricket, crew, field hockey, school bowling competitions.
  • High Risk Sports: football, rugby, wrestling, cheerleading with contact, dance with contact, basketball, water polo, martial arts competitions, roller derby.
For more information about requirements for specific phases and guidance for masks, physical distance, hygiene, cleaning, ventilation, transportation and other details, please see the Sports Leagues COVID-19 Safe Start Protocols for City Facilities.