Sports

 
Sports activities, including dance and yoga Follow these guidelines
Indoor Fitness Center guidelines
Outdoor Outdoor Gathering guidelines
Limited to 50 people present.  This includes staff, coaches, players, and any parents, guardians, or immediate family. 

All sports participants, regardless of age, must comply with the face covering requirement and  social distancing and hygiene requirements.

  • Children may remove masks whenever they are engaged in vigorous activity, regardless of whether the activity is indoors or outdoors.
  • Adults may only remove masks when engaged in vigorous activity outdoors. Adults must wear masks indoors (even when they are engaged in vigorous activity).

All sports are categorized by level of risk as detailed in the  Maryland Sports Commission Return to Play Committee Report.

All sports, regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor, are limited to low- and medium-risk sports. High-risk sports may engage in practice that involves skills-building and drills.

All tournaments, championships, or events are strictly prohibited, unless a Letter of Approval is issued by the County. Request a Letter of Approval.

Play and games with teams from outside of Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia is prohibited.

Sports may not open to the general public or spectators other than parents, guardians, and immediate family of players. These people may spectate provided they maintain the appropriate social distancing of greater than 6 feet between non-family members.

Rented sport equipment must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected pursuant to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, using EPA-approved cleaners and disinfectants between usage.

Any business providing skill-building drills and team-based practice in Montgomery County for individuals under the age of 18 must comply with Maryland Department of Health’s Amended Directive and Order Regarding Community, Recreational, Leisure, Cultural and Sporting Gatherings and Events (PDF), dated June 12, 2020, and any subsequent amendments thereto.

Low-Risk Sports

Sports that can be done with social distancing or individually with either no sharing of equipment or the ability to clean the equipment between use by participants. May include sports that involve close contact, but with protective equipment in place that may reduce the likelihood of respiratory particle transmission between participants.

* Bowling alleys must remain closed in Phase 2
** Solo canoeing/kayaking, and tandam canoeing/kayaking within households, is permitted.

  • Archery
  • Auto-racing
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boating
  • Bowling *
  • Canoeing/Kayaking **
  • Cheer (sideline)
  • Cross-Country (staggered start)
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Field Events (High Jump, Pole Vault, Javelin, Shot-Put)
  • Fishing
  • Foot Golf
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Jousting
  • Mountain Bicycling
  • Orienteering
  • Rodeo
  • Rope Jumping
  • Running
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skate Boarding
  • Shooting
  • Single Scull
  • Surfing
  • Individual Swimming
  • Skiing
  • Table Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind Surfing
.

Medium-Risk Sports

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.

* Allowed in Phase 3 in Montgomery County
** Roller skating rinks must remain closed in Phase 2

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Biathlon
  • BMX
  • Boating
  • Broomball
  • Cricket
  • Disc Golf
  • Extreme Sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Rodeo Adventure
  • Racing
  • Curling
  • Dodgeball
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Flag Football *
  • Handball
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horse Racing
  • Indoor Track
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Paintball
  • Polo
  • Roller Sports **
  • Skating (Figure)
  • Bodybuilding
  • Shooting
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Speed Skating
  • Squash
  • Swimming (competitive)
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Track
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
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High-Risk Sports

Sports that involve close, sustained contact between participants, lack of significant protective barriers, and high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants as defined by NFHS Guidance for opening high school athletics and activities.

Practice that involves skills-building and drills is permitted for high-risk sports. Scrimmage and games are not permitted.

  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Competitive Cheer
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Ice Hockey
  • Wrestling
  • Martial Arts
  • Rafting
  • Rugby
  • Wrestling