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Suffolk Parks & Recreation to offer youth soccer, basketball clinics this winter

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Suffolk Parks & Recreation will be offering youth Soccer Skills Clinics and Basketball Skills Clinics this winter.

The clinics will be held in January and February at the recreation centers in Suffolk. Skills Clinics are a great way to keep your children active this season.

Youth Soccer Skills Clinics

The soccer clinics will be held at Oakland Recreation Center located at 5505 Godwin Boulevard. Registration begins October 21 and ends December 15. The cost of the program is $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Proof of age is required at registration. All participants will receive a t-shirt and water bottle.

Times and ages groups are as follows:

  • Session 1: January 9 through January 30, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (6-7 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (8-10 year olds)
  • Session 2: February 6 through February 27, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (11-12 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (13-15 year olds)

The clinics provide a fun, safe, and structured environment for participants to learn new skills, learn how to play soccer, and build friendships.

Youth Basketball Skills Clinics

The basketball clinics will be held at Kings Fork Recreation Center located at 350 Kings Fork Road. Registration begins October 21 and ends December 15. The cost of the program is $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Proof of age is required at registration. All participants will receive a t-shirt and water bottle.

Times and ages groups are as follows:

  • Session 1: January 9 through January 30, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (6-7 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (8-10 year olds)
  • Session 2: February 6 through February 27, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (11-12 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (13-15 year olds)

The clinics provide a fun, safe, and structured environment for participants to learn new skills, learn how to play basketball, and build friendships.

Safety Precautions & COVID-19 Information

To comply with the Governor’s Forward Virginia Phased Plan regarding recreational sports, city officials released information on the COVID-19 safety rules and procedures in place.

Adults accompanying minors should use the adult’s best judgment with respect to placing face coverings on a minor between the ages of two through nine while inside the clinic facility.

For all participants age 10 and up, masks must be worn when entering the facility but may be removed while participating.

Everyone entering the facility will be asked health screening questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms, and temporal no-touch body temperature scans will be taken. No one with a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees will be permitted in the clinic facility.

Everyone entering the clinic facility will be required to maintain 10 feet of social distancing between non-family members where practicable.

In order to reduce the number of people in the facility, participants and

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This Is What Matters As Florida Allows Reopening Of Youth Sports, Summer Camps And Recreation Activities

By Arthur L. Caplan & Lee H. Igel

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida says it is time for kids to have some summer fun playing sports and going to camp together again. After two months of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, sports leagues, summer camps and organized recreation activities across the state are now being allowed to reopen. Beyond the symptom screening, sanitizing and social distancing, what needs to be done to help ensure that kids can go running, jumping, swimming, kicking and screaming in a safe way?

Florida has had something of an early lead when it comes to managing sports in coronavirus times. In mid-April, with professional sports suspended, WWE was cleared to stage wrestlers-only television events after DeSantis designated “professional sports and media production with a national audience” at a location “closed to the general public” as essential services. And throughout the pandemic, the NBA and MLB have been among the major leagues exploring plans for restarting their seasons at sites in Florida, including Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. But those decisions have concerned paid adults—not kids—getting back in the game.

The decision to lift restrictions on youth sports and recreation activities, according to an announcement from DeSantis, was based on a few key factors. One is the low COVID-19 infection rate among children. Another is concern for children’s physical and emotional health. A third is what youth sports and recreation programs could contribute to local communities and economies.

Florida has recorded just over 50,000 of the more than 1.6 million COVID-19 cases in the United States to date, according to Johns Hopkins data tracking. The state has also recorded about 2,200 of the more than 100,000 deaths across the country. There are all sorts of suggestions as to what is leading to those relatively low rates in Florida—from public response to social distancing measures and disaster response from experience with hurricanes to early orders banning outside visitors from entering nursing homes and restricting COVID-positive patients from returning to nursing homes after they were sent to hospitals. Meanwhile, like many places around the nation and the world, Florida hasn’t been without its share of people missing the point. Crowding at popular public places, especially beaches and bars, has made headlines. So, too, have questions about officials manipulating data to make the coronavirus case numbers appear better than they might actually be.

In any case, Florida appears to be weathering the pandemic in good enough condition to begin reopening many services. One of the last states to issue a “safer-at-home” order, it is one of the first states to go ahead with opening up organized sports and recreation activities.

Sports and recreation are an important part of healthy childhood. Sports and recreation promote lifelong physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth

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