Changes could be coming to youth sports restrictions in St. Louis City


ST. LOUIS – Youth sports restrictions in the city of St. Louis could soon be lifted under certain conditions and that could give more student-athletes in the city a chance to play. 

We are also learning that St. Louis County officials are looking at a similar plan to the city’s for sports including football. 

A spokesperson for Mayor Lyda Krewson tells us the city health department is now accepting proposed operational guidelines and testing plans from schools and teams for each sport. 

If the plans are approved by city officials, then city schools would be allowed to compete in previously banned high or medium contact sports including football and soccer.   

St. Louis Public Schools have said fall sports are moving to the spring. It’s not clear if that might change.   

In St. Louis County, the easing of restrictions on some youth sports announced last week take effect today. 

But in the county high school football games still aren’t allowed. 

However, Doug Moore, a spokesperson for County Executive Dr. Sam Page, says county leaders are exploring similar ideas to what the city is doing. 

Moore says the county wants to make sure any plan does not become an inequity issue where only schools with high resources would be able to test players frequently and meet other protocols. 

We reached out to several city schools and have not yet received responses about what they plan to do. 

We did receive a statement from SLU High School.  Officials there say they will submit a plan and if it is approved by city officials then they will move forward with their seasons. 

Fox 2 has confirmed a 10:00 a.m. meeting Monday morning between the head of the St. Louis City Health Department, Dr. Fredrick Echols, and athletic directors from around the city on the sports issue. 

It’s unclear what if any specifics might come out of that meeting. 

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