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Los Angeles County Can Now Allow Moderate and High Contact Sports

Sports now allowed include baseball, field hockey, softball, and volleyball, football, basketball, rugby, soccer, and water polo - all outdoors.


February 26, 2021

Los Angeles Rams Youth Football

Football is now allowed, although children must have waivers signed by their parents to prove they understand the risks (from Covid, not football)

As of Friday, updated State guidance allows for all outdoor youth and adult recreational sports, including moderate contact and high contact sports, to resume practice, training and competitions in counties where the case rate is at or below 14 cases per 100,000 population, on Friday, February 26. Since L.A. County's adjusted case rate is now at 12.3 cases per 100,000, county protocols are being revised to align with the new State guidance. Moderate contact sports include: baseball, field hockey, softball, and volleyball, all outdoors, and high contact sports include: football, basketball, rugby, soccer, and water polo, all outdoors.


In time for the season, baseball is now allowed in LA County. We'll see how long it lasts.

The new State guidance requires youth leagues offering moderate and high-contact sports obtain consent from parents or guardians of participants to ensure they are aware of the risks of playing. Competitions are limited to two teams within a county or two teams playing from adjacent counties. Travel to other states and countries to play in competitions or tournaments is prohibited for counties still in the purple tier. Youth and Coaches who participate in certain high-contact sports - namely, football, rugby, and water polo - are required to get tested on a weekly basis for COVID-19.

These revised protocols cover all youth and adult recreational sports; schools, city leagues, and private clubs are all required to adhere to all the safety measures in the protocols. A full list of sports and guidance will be posted later today on


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