SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember’s James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) and Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) announced authoring a new Assembly Concurrent Resolution aimed at resuming youth sporting activities and competition. The lawmakers are asking every member of the California State Assembly to co-author the Resolution.
Despite this week’s announcement ending the statewide stay at home order, youth sports largely remain shut down according to the state’s Blueprint system.
“California is the only large state in the nation that is keeping youth sports locked down. It’s wrong, and the decision is having a devastating impact on our youth,” said Gallagher. “The Legislature needs to weigh in immediately.”
Some coaches are reporting that the ban on youth sports has resulted in a sharp rise in gang membership, drug and alcohol use, school dropouts, and incarceration. They have also reported an alarming social equity disparity, as private schools and exclusive club teams continue to participate in sporting activities.
“Once again the decisions being made in Sacramento have made our state the exception rather than the rule, keeping in place restrictions that hurt the health and well-being of our kids,” Kiley said. “It’s time to follow the evidence and the rest of the country in bringing back youth sports in California.”
Lawmakers are asked to contact Gallagher’s office to formally sign on as a co-author of the ‘Let Them Play’ Resolution.