What families can expect on state rules for youth sports resuming

Erie County

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB)–Over the weekend Governor Andrew Cuomo said certain low-risk youth sports could start up on July 6th, so long as a region was at least in Phase Three.

There was confusion as to whether that applied to practices as well.

In fact, on the Town of Clarence’s website, they said baseball and soccer fields, as well as basketball courts, were now open for practices.

Today, we even saw some people using those facilities.

Late this afternoon, Clarence Town Supervisor Patrick Casilio told us the state informed them even practices for those low-risk youth sports were not allowed until July 6th.

Casilio told us it was a misunderstanding of the state guidance, and the town will now be closing down their baseball, soccer, and basketball facilities.

At the Rath Building today, Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein addressed any confusion some local municipalities may have.

“We just want to remind locales that schools and municipal fields could be in violation of their insurance if they allow teams to practice in violation of state orders. So that just better be careful,” Dr. Burstein said.

The low risk youth sports this rule applies to include baseball, softball, crew, cross country, gymnastics, and field hockey.

MORE | Find the state’s sports and recreation guidelines here.

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