Coronavirus and Youth Sports: How to Play During the Crisis

April 30, 2020  • Sports & Society Program

Former Major League Baseball star Omar Vizquel joined medical experts and parents to discuss free play and organized sports during the pandemic. Topics included ideas for less structured play at home, the importance of staying active, and how family routines are shifting during physical distancing.


  • Jon Solomon, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program Editorial Director
  • Omar Vizquel, former MLB All-Star and Toros de Tijuana Manager
  • Ruth J. Katz, Aspen Institute Vice President and Health, Medicine and Society Program Executive Director
  • David Andreatta, Rochester (NY) CITY Newspaper Editor, youth sports parent and coach

READ RECAP: Ex-MLB star Omar Vizquel: Let health experts decide the return of youth sports

Additional Reading

Project Play coronavirus and youth sports resource page

David Andreatta: Coronavirus sidelined youth sports — and I’m secretly happy about it 

Coronavirus & Youth Sports Calls for Coaches: Project Play’s report updated for physical distancing [PDF]

How likely is Congress to support a youth sports industry bailout?