California governor says he is ‘very hopeful’ for compromise on youth sports

By Ray Hamill — California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday that he is very hopeful of a compromise in regard to youth sports in the state, which have been mostly shut down for the past 11 months.

Last week, state health officials gave the green light for some low-contact outdoor sports to resume competition, but speaking to reporters outside the Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday Newsom sounded optimistic about a return to more sports in the not-too-distant future.

“I am very hopeful that we can find a compromise here,” he said, “and I believe that’s possible as long as these case rates continue to move in the direction they’re moving.”

The news comes less than 24 hours after the Golden State Coaches Community, which is pushing for an immediate return for all youth sports, described a meeting with state officials on Tuesday evening as very productive.

Currently, only low-contact outdoor sports like cross country, track and field, golf and tennis are being allowed under the purple or most restricted COVID tier.

As counties move through the tiers, more sports will be permitted.

In recent weeks, however, there has been more and more of a call for a full and immediate return, with the “Let Them Play, CA” movement holding a series of statewide rallies.

According to the “Let Them Play” Facebook page, California is now one of just six states in the nation — along with Hawaii, Nevada, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine — with no confirmed date set for a full return to youth sports.

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