HEALTH EXPERTS OPINION
Public health experts recommend a phased return to youth sports. First, beginning with individual drills and practices. Then, progressing to games and local tournaments. With every step there is an additional level of risk, according to guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. For example, due to the possibility of transmitting COVID-19 between communities, travel sports leagues and tournaments are categorized by the CDC as “highest risk.”
The Aspen Institute has been rolling out sport-specific guidance as part of its “Return to Play” initiative in recent weeks. The NAofA has made adjustments to our signature sports camps to accommodate social distancing and usage of our equipment.
At the National Academy of Athletics, our main priority is the safety of the youth in the communities we serve. We want to ensure that families feel comfortable with the protocols we are putting in place when taking part in our sports programs. You can view our current active protocols we are using to ensure a safe environment for our participants here. We will continue to monitor and update these to keep our young athletes safe. The NAofA is continually monitoring the CDC, Aspen Institute, along with state and local regulations.
To help us get a wider audience response, if you have not yet participated in the youth sports survey for parents, please do so here. We will continue to share our feedback as we all work together to get youth sports back into the lives of our children, in the safest way possible.