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:
- Basketball (outdoor 3-on-3 pick up games only).
- Baseball and softball.
- Flag football.
- Gymnastics and tumbling (outdoor only for now).
- Track & field.
- Volleyball (outdoor only for now).
2) Other lower-risk recreational athletic activities are also permitted, including:
- Disc golf.
- Horse riding.
- Miniature golf (outdoor).
- Mountain biking.
3) Other recreational facilities that conduct operations outdoors such as:
WHAT’S NOT ALLOWED
- 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).
- Competitive cheerleading.
- Field hockey.
- Ice hockey.
- Tackle football.
- Ultimate frisbee.
PLAY IT SAFE
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.