Massachusetts amateur and youth sports leagues will start to look more like they did prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18 with the state permitting athletes “18 and under” to no longer wear a face-covering while competing outdoors. 11 days later — Saturday, May 29, to be exact — all restrictions will be lifted.
This exciting news was announced earlier today by both Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito during a press conference and it should spark excitement amongst many in the amateur and youth sports world here in Massachusetts, including the Intercity Baseball League (ICL) that announced in March that they would return to the diamond on Tuesday, June 1 after canceling their 2020 season last July.
Massachusetts updated its guidance for both youth and adult amateur sports activities — leagues, coaches, players, and participants can learn more by CLICKING HERE.
Today’s news will also benefit leagues like Boston Ski & Sports Club (BSSC), which is set to run multiple leagues over the next few months, including flag football, ultimate frisbee, coed soccer, and 7-on-7 field hockey.
Today’s news seemed to bring a smile to the faces of the Cambridge Nor’easters, a box lacrosse team based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that competes in the Interstate Box Lacrosse Association (IBLA).
“Big news for IBLA in MA: Starting May 29, all youth and amateur sports restrictions will end,” the Nor’easters tweeted.
The same enthusiasm was shared in a similar tweet from Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL).