COVID-19: California bans most youth sports competitions and events

Parents, coaches and administrators in California grappling with what their soccer league, club, team or school team should do got strict guidance from the California Department of Public Health and Department of Industrial Relations today:

"Outdoor and indoor sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating are not permitted at this time. For example, tournaments, events, or competitions, regardless of whether teams are from the same school or from different schools, counties, or states are not permitted at this time."

More from the state:

Youth sports or physical education activities are permitted only when the following can be maintained:

(1) physical distancing of at least six feet; and
(2) a stable cohort (such as a class)

The only flexibility: activities should take place outdoors "to the maximum extent practicable." The emphasis should be on "conditioning and training should focus on individual skill-building." (Indoor conditioning and training is allowed only in counties where gyms and fitness centers are allowed to operate indoors.)

High school sports:

The California Interscholastic Federation already shut down fall sports, moving them to the winter or early spring.

Soccer is a winter sport on both the boys and girls side in California. It will be a spring sport in 2021 with the regional championships being played no later than June 5, three months later than regionals usually finish. (The CIF will temporarily lift its ban on players playing on club teams in season.)

In the most recent survey released on Monday, 103,683 California students played boys or girls soccer in 2018-19.

School learning:

The guidance came as the California Department of Public Health and Department of Industrial Relations released guidelines for schools as well as school programs.

California previously set guidelines requiring most counties -- those where the coronavirus continues to spread at elevated levels -- to begin the fall with distance learning. (It covers the state's most populous areas: counties with a 14-day rolling average that has topped the state’s benchmark of 100 coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents.)

Only elementary schools are allowed to seek waivers -- and only if they are in counties with a 14-day rolling average below 200 coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents. The waivers cover hybrid online and in-person learning or full returns to classrooms.

The approval process is so strict that only a small number of schools -- smaller public school districts or private and parochial schools with fewer students, the Los Angeles Times reported --  are expected to receive waivers. (The California Federation of Teachers opposes the waivers due to safety and equity concerns.)

21 comments about "COVID-19: California bans most youth sports competitions and events".
  1. R2 Dad, August 4, 2020 at 2:27 a.m.

    I understand what safety concerns are. But what are equity concerns, and what does that have to do with teachers? If teachers are going to work part-time, they should be paid part-time--the state of California is deep in the red and the best way to go with hat in hand to the feds is after the state has proactively applied some cost containment measures. Private industry is on the ropes and can't balance the economy all by itself. This is why you get paid the big bucks, Gav.

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, August 4, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.

    Where does it say teachers are working part time?

  3. Gordon Holt replied, August 4, 2020 at 1:39 p.m.

    Yeah, that's right, kick teachers down another notch. What the heck? Who needs 'em?

  4. FC Delco Fan replied, August 4, 2020 at 1:52 p.m.

    @R2 Dad
    The article doesn't even mention teachers.  Why are you bringing it up?

    Since you did though, teachers are actually working more since the pandemic started, not less.  Don't base how much they work on how much time they spend in the classroom.  That's just dumb.

    If you don't like how much you pay in taxes, take it up with your local and state govt.  Don't rag on the teachers....

  5. Juan Fernandez, August 4, 2020 at 11:04 a.m.

    Pay teachers part-time? The enemy here is the virus not our teachers. Please don't get fiscal conservative with education, when the leader of our country is giving loans to himself!!

  6. Christian Miles, August 4, 2020 at 12:25 p.m.

    Educators are not working part time. Before delivering judgment, one should educate themselves on the procecesses of educating children. Rather than basing opinion merely on time spent for classroom instruction. Planning and constructing curriculum, administrative responsibiliites, shopping for procurement of necessary supplies, grading papers, communicating with parents, etc. The fact is teachers are grossly underpaid and undefunded, both before and during the pandemic, and often spend personal income towards supplies and other necessesities,  This doesn't even account for the extra costs and time associated with devising virtual curriculum. Finanical reductions to an area experiencing immense shortfalls in funding is wrong.   

  7. Raffaele Aquino replied, August 4, 2020 at 12:46 p.m.

    This virus will not last forever, however, if some places keep refusing to put in measures to try and curtail this thing or out in half ass measures to fight this thing, it will take longer and longer for this virus to be defested. It's like anything in life in order to try and get ahead in life you have to make sacrifices. The faster you do when fighting this thing the quicker the numbers come down as we have witnessed in a lot of countries that almost totally locked down like Italy, France and so on where numbers where out of control back in March through April . These countries took drastic measures and had a real lock down and now things are so much better . In the US because so many are paranoid about their freedoms being taken away proper lockdowns we never done. I mean strip joints are still open in Florida lol while the virus is running rampant there lol. That tell you all one needs to know about how your country the US is fighting this virus lol !

  8. Bob Ashpole replied, August 4, 2020 at 1:10 p.m.

    Actually teachers have more work because they have to make a second set of lesson plans for online classes.

  9. Justus From SoCal, August 4, 2020 at 12:31 p.m.

    My poor daughter hasn't played in a soccer game since late Feb.  We always try and obey our leaders.  i know some teams are playing "underground soccer" in socal.  Socal's Social Warrior Police are out in force looking for anyone trying to sneak on a field to play a soccer match. No one under 17 has died from the Corona, but the kids can;t go to school, can;t play sports, no prom, no fun, no football, no nothing.  I'm shocked by all this, but I tell my kids we must obey the rules regardless of who the leader is.  It's just hard to tell the kiddos the same rules to always apply to the adults. My prayer and hope is the kids will be allowed to play soccer before the year is up.  Go soccer!!!

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, August 4, 2020 at 1:17 p.m.

    Please don't spread false information. Somebody is lying to you. The first US infant fatality occurred last March.

  11. Santiago 1314 replied, August 4, 2020 at 9:21 p.m.

    Bob, I don't think there are many 9 month olds playing Soccer.

  12. Guy Walling, August 4, 2020 at 3:59 p.m.

    WTF R2Dad! Some dad you must be. This is the same profession that teaches your kids and many coaches are teachers. Who are you to say teachers are going to work part-time. Your comment is pathetic!

  13. Justus From SoCal, August 4, 2020 at 4:11 p.m.

    Bob, No one in the Great Socal has died from the corona Bob under 17.  Sorry, I should have been more clear sir.  Time to take some risk I say.  If you have underlying health issues like being overweight, obese, heart burn, hypertention, asthma. stage 4 cancer and other underlying helath issues needs to sit out.  Healthy riosk takers time to play.  

  14. Ric Fonseca, August 4, 2020 at 4:19 p.m.

    WOE, WOW, WOW!!! My goodness gracious amigo R2D2Dad!!!  Don't know much about yu, but I can surmise that you aren't in the teaching profession, but I will tell you and one and all, that I come from a line/family of teachers, having stood in front of classes both small and large - my family in Mexico can account for over 100 years of teaching K-6 and university - while my US family can also account for almost 150 years from K-12, and college/university.  But enough of patting myself in the back, but for someone supposedl "educated" and claim that teachers are to be paid part-time, and to support an above comment that teachers do not work part time, is apalling and - sorry R2D2Dad - pathetically uninformed! 
    Lastly, as a retired college prof, Iand also an adjunct professor, when this damned virus hit us, and while serving as an adjunct teaching one face-to-face class, we were ALL informed (full timers and "part-timers (adjunct)" that we had to begin teaching on-line for the remainder of the semester.  Now mind you, if one did not know all about Zoom, Canvas, or the fine points of DE (Distance education/i.e. On-Line) we had to learn the DE system, meaning that we had/have to take a course or two in order to be certified as DE qualified!
    Unless one is very adept on the fine points of DE, the process, is and can be very daunting and confusing as heck!  Fortunately we managed to do so, but forgive me as I digress from R2D2Dad's comments:
    FYI, when a teacher is hired full time (depending on the state, county, school district) that teacher is only required to teach nine or ten months - summer "vacation" pay is not included.
    Teacher preparation, i.e. in California, one must be state "credentialed" to teach in public schools (not so for many private or parcohial school systems), so in addition to the four-year degree program, a "student teacher" must enroll for an additional "Teaching Credential Program" so the preparation is five year.  As for salary?  Ask any beginning teacher, whether K-12 and they will tell you that the entry salary is a mere pittance for what is required as opposed to say one who's obtained a degree in business or the now well known STEM program, and the overall annual-contract salary is for a ten month requirement, and then comes the situation of getting on a "tenure track" position.  As for summer work?  If savings from the teaching year are not set aside, then one must wait tables, paint/clean houses or baby-sit during the summer.  And now we have this damned virus...

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  15. Ric Fonseca replied, August 4, 2020 at 4:51 p.m.

    As I was saying above, a starting teacher's salary is a pittance. Ok, so some other places pay better, but when taking private or parochial schools into consideration, even these wonderful souls salaries are lower than some public schools.  Yes, Virginia, then we have the very private and highly expensive "private" schools - we have quite a few here in LaLaLand, but then again I digress.
    Let me tell you about our teacher's unions:  First they're out to protect the "labor side" of the teaching profession, us teachers, they negotiate class size, teacher load, salaries, and just how much time must be spent on committees, be assigned to a student club, or in some instances coach a drama team or an athletic team.  In some instances these "extra curricular" assignments are required as part of the teaching load, and in some instances are paid at an hourly rate.  I've forgotten to include the class/course preparation, i.e. lectures, lesson planning, and as indicated above, teaching On-Line ain't no picnic, especially when one considers the teaching load; and it is "assumed" that ALL teachers have the necessary equipment at home to conduct DE/On-Line courses, what happens if an instructor looses connectivity, or the PC  goes down, or the internet service (much of the same) is disrupted? 
    And then again, how many of you know that even those in the "management side" of the equation are also protected by their own unions?  Oh boy, YET ANOTHER topic to discuss, but I shan't bore you folks.
    As for school sports?  Some school districts at least in California, have decreed that fall sports "transition" to the Spring semester.  Now that is gonna be quite a puzzle to solve.  What about coaches?  Some are "walk-on" coaches, many non-credentialled and are paid a pittance on asn hourly basis.  The time involved, as some of you know is tremendous, whether the sport is a fall, winter, or spring.  And while I comiserate with the father whose daughter is not playing a sport, and who has also mentioned something about and "underground soccer (sic)" competition and something about the SoCal Social Warrior Police... HuH???  Interstingly, we live near a well known park and almost on a dily basis we see actual and "real live adults" playing some with masks and without (know I know this doesn't make it right!) and on another part of the park I see kids playing with adults standing by.  But as a 50-year resident of our wonderful City of the Angles, this is the very dirst time I've read/hear about "underground soccer" games - so where are they located???
    Last, but certainly not least, please, please PLEASE, por favor, sil vous plait, bitte, support our teachers, no matter what, it - teaching - is a very honored profession, ok?  Muchas Gracias!!!

  16. Guy Walling, August 4, 2020 at 9:15 p.m.

    You are dead wrong Justice from SoCal!!! You must be freakin stupid!! Learn your facts before you open your hole! Just look at Florida...we had a 9 y/o and two high school aged kids pass away over the past two weeks. 

  17. Justus From SoCal replied, August 5, 2020 at 12:05 a.m.

    Talking about Socal, not Florida.  No one under 17 has died from Corona.  The article was about Cali and I brought up Socal brah.  Relax......

  18. Bob Ashpole replied, August 5, 2020 at 5:58 a.m.

    Justus, you are looking at a pandemic solely from an individual point of view without any regard for the welfare of the community. It has only taken a small minority of risk-takers in the US to create the worst public health disaster in a century.

    As for your data, I don't believe for a minute that is true about LA, with its underserved minority populations and illegal aliens.

  19. Justus From SoCal, August 5, 2020 at 9:29 a.m.

    Bob and Guy, lets just agree to disagree.  Teachers are essential workers to the health of the kids.  I know men over 71 years old working at Stater Bros to make sure we have food and so they can make a few bucks.  I know plumbers who are risking their lives everyday going into everyone's house risking their own health and the health of their loved ones so they can pick up rich folks poo poo.  And to think some of them ask for a funny, can;t make this stuff up.  That goes with AC Tech guy, electrian, nurses, Docs, gas station worker, walmart guy and all the others.  In fact, I know more teachers in any profession out there.  Let the healthy teach the healthy in person with all the safety measures that am/pm put in place and those teachers and kids with underlying health issues or just fear of the unknown can do the online version of school.  This is so easy to do but we have other people with other interest and they feel more important then the kids.  The kids are just being treated so bad in this country.  Suiside is throught the roof too :(  One dad just killed his three kids and his wife in OC!!! My mother, who passed away at 90, would be appalled of the sefilshness of some.  Oh well.  If you want some great debates on all this soccer & politics, come check out  We are the Mecca for big time girls soccer. 

  20. Justus From SoCal replied, August 5, 2020 at 9:39 a.m.

    I stand corrected.  On Friday August 3, 2020, California health officials announced the first COVID-19 death of a person under 18.

    The teen was treated at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera. The California Department of Public Health said this person was between ages 12 and 17 and had underlying conditions, but would not release further information due to patient confidentiality. 
    What parents need to know is that only 1, yes only one teen has died of or with Corona and they had some serious underlying conditions before and they wont share more about those health issues.  It sucks, but it's not like healthy teens are walking around and just dying.  The fact remains, my dd has a better chance of being a sharks lunch then of her dying of the Corona.  Make it a gr8t day and I pray for everyone to be safe.  Fear sucks!!!

  21. Justus From SoCal, August 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

    BTW, I loved most of my teachers and coaches in school.  They saved my life.  This is not about teachers.  This is about youth sports, high school sports and getting kids back in life and life is all about sports.  This sucks for the kids.  Our family is following every order made from the Feds, State, County and Local.  Others play underground soccer, not my dd.  She is doing other risky sports like surfing, hike running for 6 miles with snakes, beach runs and privates on her own.  Her ECNL team got to pass the ball around 6 feet a part for two weeks and then that was taken away. Pros get to play soccer but not girls under 17. Teachers need to be paid their pay and maybe a little extra in these difficult times if some open up their classrooms.  Ask yourself this question.  What one year would you rate the best so far in your life on earth?  I would say any year between 12-17 for me.  Teens have been on lock down 6 months now.  I know a plumber dude who has a wife whose a nurse and they have two kids in k-6.  They were just told online school.  Who watches their kids:  Both parents work their asses off everyday to afford the great OC and now they have to move out of Cali most likely.  He got a good offer in another state and might take them up it.  He's holding out for hope that things will get better because the kids love their school & theor teachers and their youth sports coaches. Their lies the problem.  Comprende? Someone or some place needs to help these working class parents who are out risking their life for all of us with baby sitting for free.  They need help too :) 
    My best friend is the boss of the Priciples and reports directly to the Superindentent and a big time school district.  He told me the biggest issue is the single parent who is essential and has to work.  Single mom is leaving her 14 year daughter to watch her 10 year old son.  Who is watching the kids during the day?  I also know some super rich folks who have hired a fulltime teacher to make sure the kids are doing zoom classes and then the teacher takes them out.  Dad and mom are big time excutives and cant watch the kids all day.  One dad i know makes about $4000,000 a year and works 99% from home.  His wife is realtor and is always busy.  He is stressing out because he is now being asked to be daddy and power player at home.  Three kids all under 15.   

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