Donna sits down with members and leaders of Little League Baseball and American Youth Soccer Organization to find out what is being done to bring team sports back to our kids. Millions of kids and parents alike are chomping at the bit to get our kids back on the field. When can we expect our kids to get back into the game and what will that look like in our “new normal?” Will parents be able to attend their kids’ games and cheer them on from the stands? Will players be able to high-five or shake hands? Little League Baseball President and CEO, Stephen Keener answers questions about youth baseball and when he thinks it will make a comeback. He reveals what is he hearing from officials and what we can expect in the months to come. Dave Hilton is President of Encino Little League, one of the largest leagues in Los Angeles with over 700 participants. He shares his perspective on the youth sports community at the local level. Dave knows first hand the way many kids and parents are feeling about having the season brought to a halt and how the financial fallout of COVID-19 is impacting kids sports. Andrew Bunnin has been a Little League Baseball coach for ten years. He’s also Donna’s husband and father to their two baseball-playing boys who are missing their favorite sport. But it’s not just the kids who are anxiously anticipating the return of sports; Andrew shares how many parents are longing to be back in the game, and how they miss watching their children play and experience the community of other parents and families. Then we move to the soccer field where there are over 50,000 teams and 600,000 players. Soccer is a huge part of our kids’ lives and kids have been benched from playing and parents have been sidelined as well. Scott Snyder is the Director of Programs and Education at American Youth Soccer Organization. He has more than 20 years of professional soccer education and management and lots of experience as a coach and instructor. He is also a former professional soccer player in England and the US. Yvonne Lara is the Director of Marketing and Communications at AYSO. Together they reveal how youth soccer has been affected by COVID-19, what’s being done to get our kids back on the field and how the landscape of the game has already changed. Will there be gameplay in the fall? Scott shares how there just might be a silver lining to all of this. If you’re home with restless kids who are longing to suit up and want to know when that might be, you’ll want to listen to this episode!
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