Skip to main content
Publish date:

Coronavirus: List of sports that can resume games, ones that can't

Low risk sports can resume competitive games with restrictions.
Author:

Phase 3 of the State of Minnesota's rolling reopening of the economy also features a return to freedoms for some sports leagues. 

In short, sports leagues that feature competition of fewer than 25 people at a time that are considered "low risk." can resume to competitive action.

It is still calling for indoor sports to feature maximum participants of 10 people, while it's up to 25 people outside.

You can find the guidance for youth sports here, and adult sports here. 

The state has identified the following sports as low, medium, and high risk. 

Low risk sports that can resume competition

Archery, shooting/clay target, individual running events, individual cycling events, individual swimming, diving, individual canoeing, individual kayaking, individual rowing, individual diving, equestrian jumping, dressage or eventing, golf, individual sailing, skateboarding, weightlifting, alpine skiing, nordic skiing, biathalon, single luge, freestyle skiing, individual speed skating, snowboarding, ski jumping, singles figure skating, , singles tennis, individual dance, pole vault, high jump, long jump, marathon, triathlon, cross country, track and field, disc golf, badminton. 

They are described as "sports that can be done individually, or with social distancing, or no to minimal sharing of equipment or the ability to clean the equipment between use by competitors."

The state says that friends and family should not attend games or practices for this phase.

"If necessary for them to be at practices or games, ensure that proper social distancing is maintained between friends and family and that limits to social gathering numbers are adhered to," it says.

Medium risk sports not allowed to resume competition

Bobsled, doubles luge, multi-person rowing, multi-person kayaking, multi-person canoeing, water polo, gymnastics, sport climbing, trampoline, table tennis, doubles tennis, swimming relays, synchronized diving, artistic swimming, fencing, cycling in a group, running in a close group, modern pentathlon, group sailing, volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball/softball, short track, speed skating, speed skating in a group, bowling, curling.

They are described as "sports that involve close, sustained contact, but with protective equipment in place that may reduce the likelihood of respiratory particle transmission between participants OR intermittent close contact OR group sports OR sports that use equipment that can’t be cleaned between participants."

Given their designation as medium risk, these are likely to be allowed to resume for games prior to high risk.

High risk sports not allowed to resume competition

Rugby, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo, wrestling, pair figure skating, ice dancing, football, lacrosse, hockey, group dance, group cheer.

They are described as "sports that involve close, sustained contact between participants, lack of significant protective barriers, and high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants."

Guidance for youth and adult sports with medium, high risk

For youth sports

Screen Shot 2020-06-07 at 8.40.02 AM

For adult sports

Screen Shot 2020-06-07 at 8.41.49 AM

Next Up

Mike Zimmer

Vikings fans clamor for change after latest bad loss under Mike Zimmer

The "fire Mike Zimmer" tweets are raging on Twitter again.

Tony Oliva

Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are finally heading to Cooperstown

The Twins legends were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Tanner Morgan

Report: Gophers to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

The Gophers will reportedly head to Phoenix to take on West Virginia.

Adam Thielen

Winless Lions beat Vikings on final play of game

Adam Thielen also left early with an ankle injury

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 7-0 on Willis' late 3-pointer

The Gophers earned back-to-back road victories for the first time since January 2017.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Woman in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Paul

Officers responded to the incident at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Alexander Mattison

Vikings-Lions: 5 things you can count on

It's a great time for the Vikings to play the Lions.

covid

Omicron variant confirmed in Wisconsin man who traveled to South Africa

Five other cases have been confirmed and linked to a Wisconsin wedding.

Sharon Mollerus - duluth - snow plow car

Sunday snowstorm walloping MN's North Shore with huge totals

Just ridiculous snow totals expected the rest of Sunday.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 6.49.03 AM

Saturday snow causes havoc on Twin Cities roads

There were countless spinouts and crashes across Minnesota.

Related

high school football

MSHSL reveals which sports can and can't resume this fall

The decisions affected football, volleyball, soccer, tennis, cross-country, soccer and swimming/diving.

Catholic

Watch live: Church leaders address reopening against Walz order

In a letter to partner churches, Catholic leaders said Mass can resume at one-third capacity.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda

Defying order, Catholic leaders say reopening for services is legal

The diocese will allow churches to resume in-person mass next week.

restaurant

Reports: Gov. Walz to allow dine-in service to resume, gyms to reopen

The governor will provide an official update at 2 p.m. Friday.

softball

Youth sports games can resume outdoors next week, indoors in July

The latest guidance issued by the Minnesota Department of Health came out Friday afternoon.

Muddy Waters, coronavirus, covid-19

Walz: Change to restaurant, bar guidance unlikely before June 1

Churches can allow 25% capacity up to 250 people, but bars and restaurants can only serve a max of 50 customers outside only.