Which sports can resume play July 6?
Soccer and non-contact lacrosse have been added to the list of sports leagues that can resume July 6 in New York.
Youth soccer leagues will be allowed to resume July 6 in New York after all.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration published guidance in recent days expanding on his Sunday announcement that “low-risk” youth sports leagues can resume play early next month, easing COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place since March.
The new guidance gave soccer leagues the green light to begin holding matches July 6, adding the sport to a prior list that included baseball, softball, field hockey, crew, gymnastics and cross country.
Also added to the list were water polo, paintball, non-contact lacrosse, swimming and all racket games, among others.
Sports leagues the state considers of high risk to spread the coronavirus — including football, basketball, ice hockey, wrestling and volleyball — will not be permitted to hold games or competitive practices, though camps and clinics with low- or no-contact will be allowed, according to the state.
The state’s guidance, which includes mandatory rules the leagues must follow, applies to adult and youth leagues. It does not apply to professional sports, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already encouraged to resume play in empty stadiums and arenas.
“These guidelines apply to non-professional and non-collegiate sports and recreation activities (e.g. youth sports), inclusive of indoor and outdoor sports and recreation, as well as organized and non-organized sports and recreation,” the document reads.
Several lower-risk sports, including golf and tennis, have already been allowed to resume in New York. The new guidance applies to sports that haven’t previously been permitted during the pandemic.
The guidelines lay out a number of restrictions or rules meant to prevent or slow the virus’ spread.
Spectators will be limited to two per participant, for example. Coaches and other non-participants will have to wear masks when they’re within six feet of anyone. Indoor facilities will be limited to 50% capacity maximum.
Competitive tournaments that require any sort of travel will be prohibited by the state.
A region must be in at least Phase 3 of the state’s four-phase COVID-19 reopening process in order for a league to resume. As of Friday, all 10 regions of the state were on track to meet that benchmark on or before July 6.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of sports that will and won’t be able to resume games July 6 in New York, according to the state.
Low or moderate risk sports (Allowed to resume games July 6)
• Non-contact lacrosse
• Doubles tennis
• Water polo
• Field hockey
• Swimming (relays and individual)
• Cross country and individual running
High-risk sports (Not allowed to resume games July 6)
• Ice hockey
• Contact lacrosse
• Competitive cheer/dance
Source: New York state guidance on sports and recreation as of June 19.