‘Let Them Play’ Rallies In California Protest Restrictions On Youth Sports

Across the state of California, rallies protested COVID-19 restrictions on youth sports, calling on state leaders to let sports resume.

According to The Sacramento Bee, California’s suspension of youth sports is currently scheduled to end next week. But state officials have said the timeline could change. California’s Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly called the coronavirus situation “pretty dire” in many California communities.

“But obviously the state of the surge and the conditions in many, many of our communities are pretty dire, pretty significant, so trying to work with those different partners to make sure that we land in a place that allows us to do what we’ve always wanted to do, which was resume activities that so many people miss but do it safely,” he said in the Bee‘s report.

According to Los Angeles’s FOX11, dozens of ‘Let Them Play’ rallies took place across the state last week, with protestors pointing out the mental and physical health concerns many parents have for their kids without structured sports opportunities.

Meanwhile, some schools have flouted the state’s coronavirus rules by playing rogue, unsanctioned games. Those schools could be subject to fines and dismissal from CIF membership, the state’s high school sports federation said this week.

California’s high school swimming & diving seasons are in the spring. They were one of the first full high school seasons to be completely canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic last spring.

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2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

You lead a pretty privileged life if your big grievance and reason to protest is kids sports…

Irish Ringer
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

What’s the qualification to protest? How down and out must one be before they can participate?

Spencer
1 month ago

How about the “let grandma have an icu bed” movement.

Yes
Reply to  Spencer
1 month ago

How about “let grandma only home and the kids play”? Make everyone happy.

Spencer
Reply to  Yes
1 month ago

When the kids return home grandma gets sick. Sports are important but, the safety of our vulnerable is more important. This is not oppression this is community, compassion and common sense.
Why are so many people who aren’t oppressed so desperate to claim they are? Is it a jealousy thing for the attention or the sympathy ? Wearing a mask to keep others safe is not oppression. I find the manufacturing of ones own hardship to be really childish.

Comment sections hurt my head so I’m out❤️

Walter
Reply to  Spencer
1 month ago

They are exceedingly entitled and have no empathy.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Spencer
1 month ago

Is it common for Grandma to live with the grandkids in CA?

swimmerswammer
Reply to  Yes
1 month ago

That is literally the answer right now and the reason grandma’s in the ICU. So it ain’t working.

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  Spencer
1 month ago

You do realize that 2/3 of the hospital admissions are for people that were already in a nursing home/assisted living facility, right? We can’t keep doing this forever…Covid is not going anywhere soon. If you have a comorbidity or are at risk, you need to shelter away from others. Everyone else needs to practice preventative measures and get on with life.

So confused
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
1 month ago

The issue is what if you make the money for your household and are immune compromised? Do you lose your job? Then your home as well as all your resources? I wish it was as easy as to keep the weak home but sadly the weak still need to work in many instances.

westcoastbestcoast
Reply to  So confused
1 month ago

Things they want you to lose your job for: being immunocompromised through no fault of your own
Things they don’t want you to lose your job for: invading the US Capitol by choice

Corn Pop
Reply to  Spencer
1 month ago

Grandmothers can be 38 years old! After all , 19 is the perfect age to give birth.

Its very young but they just h and them over to their mum to look after . Its the trad way in many countries still.

Last edited 1 month ago by Corn Pop
Mr Piano
1 month ago

They should protest for something like Medicare for all instead smh

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

Until we as a country start taking care of ourselves, Medicare for all will never work.

  1. Smoking cessation
  2. moderate physical activity
  3. healthy diet
  4. and reducing our alcohol intake

All 4 of the above items require no money or medical intervention. Until we get a grip on these things all of the money in the world and medicare for all will fix nothing. Remember >70% of all chronic diseases are preventable if we would just practice some self control.

Questionable
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
1 month ago

Come now, people want to be coddled and told there is nothing wrong with anything they do no matter how horrible for themselves it is.

Responsibility isnt even in their dictionary. And if it was, Merriam-Webster or whatever other dictionary company would just change the definition to “what the government should do for the people” anyways.

Offering up solutions will never work because they dont want solutions. They want to be told theyre right about everything.

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