Conquerors News · L.A. County Gives its Approval for Outdoor High School Sports to Begin


By Fred Robledo ~ SGV Tribune

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said during a press briefing on Wednesday that the county will adopt the state’s revised guidelines for high school sports, and that will allow football and other high-contact outdoor sports to begin having practices and playing games.

The California Department of Public Health’s updated guidelines will take effect Friday, Feb. 26, and that will be the first day that football teams can have full practices in pads if they have completed their required conditioning workouts. Teams could play their first games March 11-13.

The CDPH made this possible last week when it decided that outdoor, high-contact sports in the purple, red and orange tiers, such as football and water polo, can be played in counties that have a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000 people, as long as they do weekly COVID-19 testing. That threshold was met Tuesday by Los Angeles County, with a case rate of 12.3, and Orange County (11.9 case rate).

Other team outdoor sports that can also begin their seasons now that L.A. County’s case rate is below 14/100k, are boys and girls soccer and baseball and softball. Boys and girls soccer start their seasons Saturday, and baseball and softball will begin on March 19.

“Moderate-contact and high-contact sports can resume practice, training and competitions even in counties where the case rate is still in purple, but our case rate has dropped at or below 14 cases per 100,000 people,” Ferrer said. “Since L.A. County’s adjusted case rate, as posted yesterday by the state is 12.3 cases per 100,000 people, our protocols will be revised by the end of today to be aligned with the new state guidance and the guidance will get posted later on.”

San Bernardino County (15.2), Riverside County (16.6) and Ventura County (16.9) did not meet the threshold Tuesday and will have to wait for next week’s updates.

Although L.A. County has met the threshold for contact team sports to begin, and the sports have been given the green light by the county, that does not mean every school will let their teams start playing games or having practices.

The next step in the process is for each school district or private school to grant final approval.

School districts and league officials have held meetings this week to discuss who will play and to go over protocols for practices, games and other related issues.

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