Youth baseball to soon start practice in yellow Pa. counties

Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh says no-contact or low-contact youth sports leagues can apply to restart practices by sending a safety plan to the county health department

Arkoosh says they made that decision, because summer camps are allowed to offer similar activities.

"And we felt it was important to be as consistent as possible across these guidelines," she said.

Bucks County Health Director Dr. David Damsker says he believes practices can be safe, as long as coaches and parents take precautions.

“We want all temperature and symptom screening to be done by coaches or the parents prior to the practices. We want everyone to wash their hands. We want everyone to keep their own equipment to themselves," he said.

"If you eliminate those things and you’re outside and you’re social distancing, we really feel like the risk of transmission of COVID is not eliminated but very much reduced."

Chester County has a list of guidelines that also apply to Delaware County for youth leagues to follow to safely restart practices. They include limiting practice to 25 people or fewer, including coaches and players; no high-fives, fist-bumps or other contact; no spitting or chewing gum; and six feet distance between parents and other spectators.

School sports can begin voluntary workouts in yellow and green counties after they set up a safety plan that follows the Department of Education’s guidelines.