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Justice sets June 8 for return of youth sports practices to resume

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sports and recreation-related injuries are common. They send more than 2.6 million kids age 19 and younger to emergency departments each year. / CTSY: MGN
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sports and recreation-related injuries are common. They send more than 2.6 million kids age 19 and younger to emergency departments each year. / CTSY: MGN(WLUC)
Published: May. 29, 2020 at 2:18 PM EDT
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There’s now a plan in place to get student and youth athletes back on the field and court this summer in West Virginia.

Gov. Jim Justice on Friday announced that low-contact outdoor youth sports as well as WVSSAC sanctioned athletics and band summer training programs can begin on June 8.

Little League practices will also be permitted to begin on this date along with remaining adult sports facilities. Justice said that includes indoor tennis courts, racquetball and outdoor basketball courts.

Justice also announced that on June 22 players will be allowed to take the field with spectators as long as social-distancing guidelines are followed.

He said this includes youth sports games, outdoor sporting events and outdoor equestrian events.

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