Utah Youth Soccer Players Allowed Limited Return To Training
LAYTON, Utah – Even though it is only for training, a change in state guidelines meant young soccer players will be allowed to return to the pitch on a limited basis.
Players were thrilled about Thursday’s announcement, even though there are a lot of restrictions.
“It’s awesome. I get to see my teammates. I get to see my coach. I really am glad that we get to go back because I love playing soccer. It’s just my favorite game,” said Beckham Larsen.
His brother, Dyllan, added it’s been tough staying away from the game over the past two months.
“I feel like we can bond and get our chemistry back and I feel like it’s really important for us to especially prepare for tournaments in the summer,” he said.
This was still a far cry from full-on practice and games.
At each training, there can only be 20 participants or less, no physical contact, no spectators and coaches must wear masks the entire time. Players have to wear masks while arriving and leaving the field.
Each player must also bring their own ball and stay 10 feet apart from other players.
“There are a lot of different trainings that kids and players can do that don’t involve contact. They don’t have to be touching or jockeying for a ball possession at all times during training,” said Utah Youth Soccer Association marketing manager Jen Rader. “Right now we’re just kind of celebrating the small victory, and being able to get these kids back on the field and seeing some normalcy.”
Even just a small change helps.
“Yeah, it’s a big step from where we were – staying at home,” Beckham said.
All of this will depend on what each club’s local health department allows.
Parents were told to allow their children to get back on the pitch only if they’re ready and feel safe.
All the guidelines can be found here.
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