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Youth sports begin training for the off-season

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MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — Monday was the first-day youth sports teams could play games since the start of the pandemic. Sports organizations are now facing a new normal.

“Physical activity in an indoor setting should be 6 feet apart, no sharing of equipment, making sure that children sanitize their hands, if we have spectators, limiting that so we’re only allowing one parent to come in,” said Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar, CEO for the Boys & Girls Club in McAllen.

Even as Governor Abbott allows games and competitions to resume, many organizations are still holding back a bit longer. 

“We’ve decided here locally that we wanted to continue with limiting the capacity inside of our facilities, we wanted to limit the inability to social distance when you are participating in sports,” said Alcantar.

Alcantar said there are still things they need to prepare for before they resume competitions. 

“Modifying rules potentially, for basketball for instance not allowing a man to man for quite some time, we know that we may have to start off with just modified challenges,” she said.

While competition is on pause, Alcantar added this off-season training is a way for children to be active and work on their physical activity until they’re open for good. 

The Boys and Girls Club is anticipating outdoor sports to resume July 6.

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