San Diego’s youth outdoor sports teams prepare to return to the field with new rules

CORONADO (KUSI) – The “Let Them Play California” movement is moving full steam ahead after a San Diego judge handed down a big win Friday with other lawsuits potentially being filed in the coming days and weeks.

The attorney who helped win a temporary restraining order allowing high school and youth sports to resume in San Diego County amid the coronavirus pandemic said Sunday that his firm would be filing similar lawsuits in other California counties this week.

“We will be filing similar lawsuits in Los Angeles, Orange, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Riverside, San Bernardino, and other counties this coming week to ensure all youths have the same right to play sports — indoor and outdoor — as professional athletes do,” said Stephen Grebing of the firm Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie.

The state’s new standard allows for a resumption of “outdoor high- contact sports” in counties that reach an adjusted daily average of 14 new cases per 100,000 residents. San Diego County currently has a rate of 22.2 cases per 100,000 residents.

However, through the lawsuit filed by two San Diego-area high school athletes, Maas granted a temporary restraining order allowing high school and youth sports to resume in San Diego County “as long as the(y) follow the same or similar COVID-19 protocols imposed for competition in professional and/or collegiate sports within the county.”

KUSI’s Hunter Sowards joined viewers live in Coronado, talking to the high school’s head football coach, and some of the players, with more on what’s next.

During the 5:00 PM hour of Good Evening San Diego, Coronado Senior, Clark Anderson, explained that they are just happy to finally be back on the field. Anderson was frustrated he missed his Senior experience, adding that they hope “everything returns to normality as soon as possible.”

Anderson said him and his teammates were disappointed they weren’t able to compete against some of their rival teams one last time.

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