All youth sports cleared to return after settlement


Eureka’s Keylei Carroll in action last season. The H-DNL can now begin planning for this year’s basketball season.

By Ray Hamill — Get ready for a busy few months in local high school sports.

On Thursday morning, “Let Them Play CA” officials announced that they have reached a settlement with the state and that all youth sports have now been cleared to return with some restrictions.

The news means that indoor sports like basketball, volleyball and wrestling can now begin planning for a season, joining the multiple outdoor sports already cleared to resume.

The settlement comes in the wake of a recent court case victory in San Diego, when two student athletes won a temporary restraining order against Governor Gavin Newsom and the State’s tier-based return.

This led to similar lawsuits being filed in counties all across California , including one being planned here in Humboldt County.

There will be some notable restrictions with the return, however, and student athletes will be required to follow many of the same protocols as college athletes, including mandatory weekly testing for all indoor sports, similar to football.

Counties will also be required to have no more than 14 cases per 100,000 in order to resume competition.

The H-DNL athletic directors are scheduled to meet on Monday to discuss schedules and when many of these sports can return.

H-DNL football and soccer teams have already returned to practice and will open the season in two weeks, with boys golf and girls tennis beginning next week.

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