Coronavirus and Youth Sports: The Path Forward

May 28, 2020  • Sports & Society Program

Many kids are pushed out or priced out of the current youth sports system already. What steps need to be taken to avoid a participation drop after COVID-19? Can we create a model where youth sports helps the whole community recover? In this Project Play webinar, youth sports experts discussed the potential to rebuild the grassroots sports system after COVID-19.


  • Tom Farrey, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program Executive Director
  • Kristine Stratton, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) President and CEO
  • Nicole Keith, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) President
  • Jean Lee Batrus, MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation Executive Director

READ RECAP: Experts: Youth sports need new infrastructure, partnerships

Additional Reading

Project Play coronavirus and youth sports resource page

Return to Play COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool: joint product of Aspen Institute Sports & Society and Aspen Institute Health, Medicine and Society Programs

How vulnerable are kids to COVID-19? Youth sports navigate uncertainty

Business vs. safety: USSSA guidelines for travel sports raise concerns

Will there be enough officials when youth sports games return?

Bikes are having a moment: Kids turn to riding during COVID-19

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