Full, close-contact sports to resume under Gov. Sisolak’s latest emergency directive

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Full and close-contact sports may resume under Gov. Steve Sisolak’s latest emergency directive. This was made possible after his Medical Advisory Team supported the move with their latest recommendations.

Organized leagues, clubs and associations must implement a Preparedness and Safety Plan, as well as certain testing and mitigation measures. These will allow them to resume competitions, games, matches or league play.

State officials encourage groups that practice full-contact sports to coordinate with their local health authorities to develop plans.

If you are participating in full-contact sports not organized through a recreational league, club or association, you are not required to be tested beforehand or submit a plan.

The guide provides a list of full-contact sports, including but not limited to:

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Wrestling
  • Boxing
  • Ice hockey
  • Group cheer
  • Group dance
  • Basketball
  • Water polo
  • Martial arts

This directive goes into effect on March 30.

Coaches, parents and most of all, athletes both big and small, are rejoicing at the news. This comes after months of restrictions put in place to keep people safe from COVID-19.

“We are all ecstatic,” expressed parent Amy Szczublewski. “We’ve been waiting for this consideration.”

For student athletes, this is a much-needed step.

“The kids were hurting,” said Mark St. John, head coach of Team Vegas water polo. “The kids wanted that outlet.”

Seventh-grade athlete Nathan Jovin shared, “It’s been really frustrating because you can’t really play defense as well. It’s harder for you to steal the ball and just practice, in general.”

Rules under the new guidance say face coverings must be worn by coaches and players, among other things.

“Starting tomorrow, we have to put together our plan, which is already ready because we have been advocating for months,” said St. John.

Szczublewski stressed, “We have demonstrated that we can do it safely. We can be responsible, and we can make sure that we utilize all the precautions necessary and still have a great time.”

Some good news after the announcement: the City of Henderson says basketball hoops will start going back up Tuesday. They hope to have all up in the next week.