According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), participating in sports has both physical and psychological health benefits for children and adolescents, allowing youth to improve their cardiovascular health, strength, body composition, and overall fitness, as well as experience benefits from relationships with teammates and coaches, and a return to a more structured routine. 

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, these benefits must be balanced by the risks involved in the role youth sports play in the transmission of infection. COVID-19 infections occur mainly through exposure to respiratory droplets when a person is in close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who has COVID-19. People who are physically near (within 6 feet) a person with COVID-19 or have direct contact with that person are at greatest risk of infection.