Outdoor youth sports receive green light to play on athletic fields

Outdoor youth sports have received the green light to resume play on athletic fields at parks across the city.

News 12 Staff

Aug 28, 2020, 8:02 PM

Updated 1,366 days ago

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Outdoor youth sports have received the green light to resume play on athletic fields at parks across the city. 
The leagues will be issued permits for organized outdoor play and those include baseball, softball, and soccer. 
Indoor sports like swimming will not be allowed. Permits were initially suspended indefinitely, but after pushback from elected officials and community members, the city’s decision was reversed. 
Low- to moderate-risk sports have been allowed at New York City parks since Phase 3, so many are celebrating today’s announcement when it comes to organized play. 
Leagues must follow the following rules: 
- Face coverings have to be worn by coaches, staff, spectators, and players on the sidelines. 
- Athletes are encouraged to wear masks while playing if possible.
- Social distancing must be implemented by everyone while not playing in games. 
- Spectators are limited to two people per player. 
- Everyone must leave the field after the game--no congregating allowed. 
The Parks Department will also monitor league activities, but if a team receives three violations, that league’s permits will be revoked.


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