The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated protocols to allow additional youth and recreational adult sports on Friday, with Los Angeles County meeting the criteria this week.
As of Wednesday, L.A. County has an average of 12.3 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, which is below the 14-case average needed, according to the CDPH.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said the county is “completely aligning with the state” to allow outdoor recreational sports to resume.
On Friday, when the announcement was made, Los Angeles County was above the threshold at an average of 20 cases per 100,000 residents.
Under the updated protocol, outdoor high-contact and moderate-contact sport competitions may resume in the red tier and the purple tier, with modifications, including testing requirements for certain outdoor high contact sports, according to the CDPH.
Moderate- contact sports include: baseball, field hockey, softball, and volleyball, all outdoors and high- contact sports include: football, basketball, rugby, soccer and water polo, all outdoors.
“Youth sports are important to our children’s physical and mental health, and our public health approach has worked to balance those benefits against COVID-19 risks,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer in a statement. “With case rates and hospitalizations declining across California, we are allowing outdoor competition to resume, with modifications and steps to reduce risk, in counties where case rates are lower.”
Weekly testing is expected to be required for football, rugby and water polo participants aged 13 and over in counties with a case rate between 7 and 14 per 100,000.
Weekly testing, either antigen or PCR, is required for all participants and coaches in these sports, with results made available within 24 hours of competition. Football, rugby and water polo are high-contact sports that are likely to be played unmasked, with close, face-to-face contact exceeding 15 minutes, according to the state.
Outdoor moderate-contact sports, such as baseball, cheerleading and softball, can be played in these counties without the testing requirement.
The guidance applies to all organized youth and adult sports, including school and community-sponsored programs, and privately organized clubs and leagues.
“Due to the nature and risk of transmission while participating in these sports, teams must provide information regarding risk to all parents/guardians of minors participating, and each parent shall sign an informed consent indicating their understanding and acknowledgment of the risks,” state public health officials said.
Any teams playing in a less restrictive sports tier are strongly encouraged to follow the steps outlined in the guidance to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission. This includes wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, and appropriate hand hygiene and equipment sanitation.
These revised protocols cover all youth and adult recreational sports; schools, city leagues, and private clubs are all required to adhere to all the safety measures in the protocols.
A full list of sports and guidance is expected to be posted Wednesday evening on the Public Health website.
Note: This story has been updated with additional information from the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
Saugus Swimmer Abbey Weitzeil Wins Bronze Medal At Tokyo Olympics
Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics Saturday evening, becoming the first athlete from Southern California to take a top spot in the games.
Weitzeil, a graduate of Saugus High School, earned the medal by swimming the second leg on the U.S. Women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay team.
The Santa Clarita native was the fastest of the four U.S. swimmers, with her leg of the race clocking in at 52.68 seconds. Overall, the U.S. team had a time of 3:32.81, coming in third place close behind Canada. The Australian team took the gold at 3:29.69, breaking its previous world record.
This is the third medal for Weitzeil who garnered two in the 2016 Rio Olympics, gold for the 4×100 medley relay and silver for the 4×100 freestyle.
Weitzeil was a hometown swimming star, taking eight CIF titles and setting national records in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle.
Upon graduating from Saugus High, Weitzeil attended the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) where she was named the National Swimmer of the Year.
At Cal, Weitzeil broke many school records and reached the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships.
Weitzeil still holds several American swimming records, including the 50-free and the 100-free, according to the International Swimming League.
Several other Santa Clarita residents, including Allyson Felix, David Smith and Kyle Ensing are also competing in the 2020 Olympic games.
L.A. Dodgers Pitcher, Hart Grad Trevor Bauer Donates $51,000 In First Month Of ‘Ks For A Cause’
In the first month of his season-long giveback initiative, Ks for a Cause, Hart High School graduate and Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Trevor Bauer donated $51,000 to a local nonprofit.
Bauer donated $1,000 for each of his 51 strikeouts to Think Together, funding an afterschool science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and robotics program for middle school students in southeast Los Angeles.
Through Ks for a Cause, Bauer will provide financial support and highlight various local nonprofit organizations focused on STEM and youth programming in the greater Los Angeles area.
This month, Bauer will support the Just Keep Livin Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future.
The organization, founded by Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves in 2008, implements after-school fitness and wellness programs in 39 inner-city high schools throughout the country.
Just Keep Livin Foundation’s programs encourage students to make positive life choices that improve their physical and mental health through exercise, teamwork, gratitude, nutrition, and community service. Participating students also have a safe place to enhance their lives with fitness coaches and health experts.
Specifically, Bauer’s donation will help fund Just Keep Livin Foundation’s programming at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School in Inglewood and Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles.
In addition to monetary support, Bauer is highlighting all Ks for a Cause organizations through a new, dedicated content series on his YouTube Channel and with limited-edition Ks for a Cause merchandise on his website. All proceeds from merchandise sales will benefit that month’s designated beneficiary organization.
Bauer is fully funding Ks for a Cause through grants via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). He has also partnered with LADF to evaluate potential partner organizations and to work with receiving organizations. For additional updates, visit here.
L.A. Dodgers Pitcher, Hart Grad Trevor Bauer To Make Donation For Every Strikeout
Trevor Bauer, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and William S. Hart High School graduate, has launched a season-long giveback initiative “Ks for a Cause” to support local nonprofit organizations.
Bauer is set to donate $1,000 per strikeout (K) throughout the regular season to charities focused on STEM and/or youth programming in the greater Los Angeles area, he announced this week.
Each month, a different nonprofit organization will be designated. Bauer will fully fund the initiative through grants via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). He will also partner with LADF to evaluate potential partner organizations and to work with receiving organizations.
“This season, I’m looking forward to giving back to my hometown community in a meaningful way,” said Bauer in a statement. “I’m excited to launch Ks for a Cause to support several incredible nonprofit organizations doing impactful work to promote STEM and offer a variety of youth programming across the greater Los Angeles area. It’s really the perfect initiative for me, as it combines two things I love in life: strikeouts and helping others.”
Additionally, Bauer will highlight these organizations through a new, dedicated content series on his YouTube Channel and with limited-edition “Ks for a Cause” merchandise on his website.
All proceeds from merchandise sales will benefit that month’s designated beneficiary organization, according to Bauer.
For the month of April, Bauer will support Think Together. Founded in 1997, Think Together partners with schools to change the odds for kids.
The organization delivers nationally recognized early learning programs, afterschool programs, student support services, and school improvement. Specifically, Bauer’s donation will help fund afterschool STEM and robotics programming for middle school students in southeast Los Angeles.
In his Dodgers debut on Friday, Bauer struck out 10 batters in 6 innings Friday, in an 11-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
After his first game, Bauer is expected to make a $10,000 donation to Think Together.
For additional updates, visit here.