ATLANTA, GA (February 14, 2021)–the Cheerleading Competition to be held in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend—with an expected 40,000 visitors flocked to Atlanta. Photos showed thousands of congregating cheerleaders standing and talking close to one another without masks.
Last December The Center for Disease Control and Convention issued guidelines for youth sports activities. The As some communities in the United States begin or continue to hold youth sports activities, CDC offers the following considerations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Administrators of youth sports organizations can consult with state and local health officials to determine whether and how to put the following considerations into place.
The way sports are played and the way equipment is shared can influence the spread of COVID-19 among players. When you are assessing the risk of spread in your sport, consider:
- Community levels of COVID-19: High or increasing levels of COVID-19 cases in the local community increase the risk of infection and spread among youth athletes, coaches, and families. Administrators should consider the number of COVID-19 cases in the community when deciding whether to resume or continue youth sporting activities. Information on the number of cases in an area can often be found on the local health department website or on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker County View.
- Physical closeness of players. Sports that require contact or close proximity (within 6 feet) between players may make it more difficult to maintain physical distancing, compared to sports where players are not close to each other. For close-contact sports (e.g., wrestling, basketball), play may be modified to safely increase distance between players.
- For example, players and coaches can focus on individual skill building versus competition.
Coaches can also modify practices so players work on individual skills, rather than on competition. Coaches may also put players into small groups (cohorts) that remain together and work through stations, rather than switching groups or mixing groups.
During the cheerleaders Atlanta, Georgia competition it was reported that the CDC guidelines for youth sports weren’t followed.