Low contact sports allowed to resume practices June 15

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A major step in the return of sports has been reached in Vermont.

Gov. Phil Scott announced during his press conference on June 8 that sports involving "no or low-contact" or "short-duration, incidental contact" can resume, with restrictions, starting June 15. That includes two fall sports, soccer and volleyball. The list also includes four spring time sports: Baseball, lacrosse, softball and tennis. Hockey was also categorized as a low contact sport.

As of June 15, the sports listed above will be allowed to conduct team scrimmages and expanded team practices. Teams must adhere to the state social gathering limit of 25 people.

High contact sports such as wrestling, basketball and football are not allowed to participate in team scrimmages as of now. These sports are allowed to conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills.

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Other safety measures put in place include prioritizing outdoor activities, like matches and training sessions, over indoor activities. Gov. Scott also advises that social distance measures be followed as much as possible, and face coverings should be used when social distancing is not possible.

Sports equipment should be shared between participants as little as possible, and when it is shared, should be cleaned and disinfected as much as possible. Spitting while either on the field of play or sidelines is prohibited, as is the sharing of water bottles.

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Mount Anthony boys soccer coach Mike Molloy believes that everyone on his team will take these measures seriously.

"The guys will be willing to do whatever needs to be done to be able to get back to playing," said Molloy. "I think this semester and the spring was very hard for a lot of guys."

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Molloy said that the June 15 date has no affect on MAU boys soccer since the spring sports season would just about be ending during a normal year. All high school spring sports were canceled this year because of the coronavirus.

Molloy said the off season activities normally begin during the first week of July, when open field sessions are offered.

The governor set July 1 as an anticipated date to begin matches between teams. Tournaments or jamborees will not be allowed at this time.

The Vermont Principals Association (VPA) has the fall sports season scheduled to begin on Aug.10.


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