If your child is ready to get back into sports, consider socially distant sports programs. With the pandemic still here, it’s very important for everyone to practice social distancing to reduce the spread of germs. Here are a few sports that don’t involve close contact with others.
Tennis allows for social distancing because it typically involves just two people and ample space. When you do have to share contact with the ball, you can do it with your racket instead of your hands. While tennis takes up a lot of energy, you can still play it comfortably while wearing a mask.
Swimming works out every muscle in the body and is very social distancing friendly. You can easily keep your distance from others in the pool. Additionally, it’s very difficult for the virus to spread in the water.
While you do have to get close to players to take the ball, it’s still possible to play it safely. Youth athletes administrators can put down cones to keep players six feet apart from each other.
Gold is considered one of the best sports for social distancing. Golfers can easily stay at least six feet away from others as they enjoy the game and beautiful weather.
How to Play Sports Safely During COVID-19
If you decide to sign up your child for socially distant sports programs, encourage property safety habits, including:
- Wash Hands Frequently: During these times, it is more important than ever to wash your hands regularly. Encourage your child to wash his or her hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds. If there is no water available, advise your child to use hand sanitizer.
- Wear a Face Covering: Face coverings are essential for reducing the spread of COVID-19. Before your child goes off to play a sport, encourage him or her to put on a mask. Teach him or her to wash the mask every day with hot water and to avoid touching it. Discourage your child from sharing a face mask with teammates.
- Limit Unnecessary Physical Contact: After scoring points, it is fun to high-five your teammates. However, now is not the time to be doing that. Explain to your child that unnecessary physical contact can put others at risk of contracting the virus.
- Monitor Symptoms: It’s wise to monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms, like fever, cough, muscle aches, fatigue and vomiting. If your child displays any of those symptoms, make sure he or she stays home.
Socially distant sports programs can help your child play sports and stay safe at the same time.