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Double boost for youth sports, as judge rules in favor of a return

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By Ray Hamill — The Governor’s big announcement wasn’t the only victory for the “Let Them Play CA” movement on Friday.

Just hours after the updated state guidelines for youth sports were issued by Governor Gavin Newsom — which allow for all outdoor sports to be played even under the most restricted tiers as long as a county has a case rate of no more than 14 per 100,000 — the grass roots movement also won a pivotal court case in San Diego.

Ruling on a lawsuit filed by a pair of San Diego student athletes, a judge granted a temporary restraining order against the Governor’s tier-based return, allowing all youth sports in San Diego to resume competition providing they follow the same COVID protocols as college and pro sports.

“Let Them Play CA” co-founder Brad Hensley described it as “a monstrous, huge victory,” and said that it provides the “blueprint to force the issue.”

The state can appeal the ruling, but it remains to be seen if it will.

The earlier announcement by Newsom allows for all outdoor sports to resume under certain conditions, but all indoor sports remain on hold unless a county reaches the less restricted tiers — orange for volleyball and yellow for basketball and wrestling.

Hensley, speaking on the “Let Them Play CA” Facebook page, said there’s no reason to panic in regard to the current situation with the indoor sports, suggesting there is still time to clear the path for their return and that more data is needed.

The court case, however, could pave the way for a full return to all sports sooner rather than later.

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