Lamont shuts down high-risk youth sports for remainder of 2020

Published on Thursday, 5 November 2020 19:37


HARTFORD - High-risk youth sports (K-12) will not be played for the rest of 2020, Gov. Ned Lamont said at his Thursday press conference.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic and rising case numbers throughout the state, Lamont announced that new restrictions on youth sports will go into effect on Monday, and when they do, high-risk sports like football and wrestling will not be permitted to play.

After the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference canceled the full-contact football season back in September, numerous individual football leagues put together seasons as an alternative for kids still looking for 11-on-11 football, with New Britain having its own team. Come Monday, those leagues will have to come to an end.

Other high-risk sports include boxing, rugby, boys lacrosse, competitive cheer and dance, and martial arts.

Governor Lamont also announced medium-risk indoor sports such as basketball and ice hockey would be required to wear masks during play, which girls volleyball players already have implemented for this high school season. Some fall basketball leagues have made masks optional for their seasons, but starting next week, they will be mandatory.

Other new restrictions included no Connecticut teams being allowed to travel to out-of-state games, and no tournaments or competitions for high and medium risks sports will be permitted. This shouldn’t affect events like winter sports state tournaments, if there is one, considering those don’t happen until after the completion of the calendar year.

The winter sports season has already been delayed after the CIAC made an announcement on Thursday afternoon, saying it would wait until receiving guidelines from the Department of Public Health before deciding on new dates for the season. The original start date for the regular season was Dec. 7.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports on Thursday, 5 November 2020 19:37. Updated: Thursday, 5 November 2020 19:40.