San Diego County: Game on! Other SoCal counties: not quite yet

San Diego County: Game on! Other SoCal counties: not quite yet

After the recent escalation in the battle to get young athletes back on the fields, a San Diego County judge has ruled that high school and youth sports in San Diego can resume with some restrictions and conditions.

Youth Sports Guidelines Based on COVID-19 Case Numbers

On the same day as the San Diego County judge’s order, California state officials also released new guidance for youth sports.

Counties with a case rate of 14 per 100,000 or lower can resume outdoor youth sports, with certain requirements for testing and spectators. The new guidelines take effect on February 26th.

Counties with the magical case number of 14 or lower will be allowed to resume outdoor sports, including soccer.


Case rates for SoCal Counties as of Feb20 (hint: they are all above 14 per 100,000):

Case rates per 100,000
San Diego: 22.2
Orange: 20.7
Imperial: 18.4
Los Angeles: 20.0
Riverside: 28.8
San Bernardino: 24.4
Ventura: 26.2
Santa Barbara: 27.0

SoccerNation readers can find data for each California county here.

San Diego: GAME ON, thanks to San Diego Superior Court Judge Earl H. Maas III

…through a lawsuit recently filed by two San Diego-area high school athletes, a judge on Friday granted a temporary restraining order allowing high school and youth sports to resume in San Diego County “as long as the(y) follow the same or similar COVID-19 protocols imposed for competition in professional and/or collegiate sports within the county.”

Regardless of the new state guidelines, youth sports in San Diego County can now resume. Will neighboring counties counties be granted similar court rulings to San Diego? Time will tell…

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