The Implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Youth Sports and Risk Management
The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a heightened responsibility on youth sports organizations, coaches, families, and athletes to reduce transmission and to foster a safe environment for children to participate in youth sports.
The promise of a Covid-19 vaccine has now become a reality for adults, however, vaccines have not yet been approved for use in children, and it remains unknown when a pediatric vaccine will be available. Since it is more likely than not that children will largely remain unvaccinated by the start of the spring sports season, youth sports will remain in a precarious position for the foreseeable future. For youth sports organizations and communities planning to move forward in some fashion with youth sports in the upcoming seasons, there are certain risk management and litigation considerations to take into account.
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