In most years, fall is a busy time on Parks & Recreation courts and athletic fields. But this year, recreational sports activities have been limited to keep players safe and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Health Department recently issued new guidance that allows a return to competition for low-contact sports. Games and competitions remain off limits for close contact sports.

Games and competitions for low-contact sports are now allowed on our athletics fields and outdoor courts. Read below to learn: 

  • What are low-contact sports, where competition is allowed.
  • What are close contact sports, where competitions remain off limits.
  • What COVID safety rules you must follow when playing sports at a Parks & Rec site.

Note: this guidance does not replace the need to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.


  • Games and competitions for low-contact sports (see below).
  • Drills and skill-building for all sports. 

Teams must wear masks during play, and keep 6 feet apart.

The following activities are allowed:

1) Competitions for lower-risk, non-contact sports, including:

  • Crew.
  • Basketball (outdoor 3-on-3 pick up games only).
  • Baseball and softball.
  • Cross-country.
  • Flag football.
  • Gymnastics and tumbling (outdoor only for now).
  • Swimming.
  • Track & field.
  • Volleyball (outdoor only for now).
  • Weight-lifting.

2) Other lower-risk recreational athletic activities are also permitted, including:

  • Archery.
  • Boating.
  • Disc golf.
  • Golf.
  • Horse riding.
  • Miniature golf (outdoor).
  • Mountain biking.
  • Tennis.

3) Other recreational facilities that conduct operations outdoors such as:


  • Tournaments of any kind, for any sport.
  • Games and competitions for close contact sports. 
  • More than 150 people outdoors, including coaches, spectators, and players.

Competitions are still prohibited for close contact sports, including: 

  • Basketball (5-on-5 or indoor).
  • Boxing.
  • Competitive cheerleading.
  • Field hockey.
  • Ice hockey.
  • Lacrosse.
  • Rugby.
  • Soccer.
  • Tackle football.
  • Ultimate frisbee.
  • Wrestling.


No matter what sport you play, three key safety rules apply:

  • Wear a mask
    • All coaches and participants must wear masks while on site, and during play.
    • Masks may be removed only:
      • As necessary to eat or drink during break times. This must be done while seated at least 6 feet from others.
      • While maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others outside.
  • Maintain distance
    • Adjust practices and drills to maintain 6 feet of distance between players.
    • Keep 6 feet apart before and after play, and during breaks.
    • Limit physical contact, including shaking hands, fist bumps, or high fives.
    • Mark benches or put cones up in dugouts to help maintain 6 feet of distance.
  • Reduce crowds
    • No more than 150 people outside, including coaches and players.
    • Coaches should split practices to allow for distancing and avoid large groups.
    • No unnecessary spectators, visitors, or volunteers.
See the latest information about how to apply to a permit for use of Parks & Rec athletics fields and outdoor courts.