Justin Sells, the director of the New Mexico Rush soccer club, didn’t wait long to get tested for COVID-19 after hearing that youth summer activities could take place when the state released new regulations on May 13.
Each coach is required to be tested in order to work with youth.
Sells was tested Saturday and learned Tuesday he was negative for the novel coronavirus. He knows that he’s OK to work with five young athletes at a time. That’s the required ratio: five kids to one coach. And they must stay with that group through the season for contact tracing purposes in the event that someone tests positive for the coronavirus.
There are numerous other safety regulations and practices listed online. In addition, the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association and several other youth sports organizations are forming protocol for coaches, families and athletes to return to activity.
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