Recreational Sports Update

Due to an increase in cases associated with recreational sports, and difficulty contact tracing these types of activities, we now require rosters and schedules be submitted for all recreational sports. 

All teams and facilities participating in recreational and league sports must submit complete rosters, schedules, location of games/practices and contact information (to include names, phone numbers and email addresses) of all team members or parents of youth who participate prior to the teams playing in any league events, including practice. Failure of parents, facilities, coaches and/or team organizers to cooperate with contact tracing may result in the league or season being suspended or canceled. 

Recreational Sports Roster Reporting for Teams

Recreational League Sports Form for Facilities


General Recreation

Effective March 24, 2021: Gyms, fitness classes, recreation centers, bowling alleys, pools, sports facilities (indoor and outdoor) may operate at 50% capacity, not to exceed 50 people, whichever is less, excluding staff per room indoors or per activity or area outdoors.  

Outdoor recreational activities in groups of 10 people or fewer may occur, maintaining 6 feet Distancing Requirements between non-household contacts.

Organized recreational sports

Organized recreational youth or adult league sports are not authorized for indoor settings. Virtual services may be provided, or outdoor recreational sports in groups of 25 people or fewer may occur, maintaining 6 feet Distancing Requirements between non-household contacts.

Outdoor Guided Activities may be conducted at 25% capacity not to exceed 10 people.

Sports settings such as professional or collegiate entities should adhere to the specific guidelines for their governing body and specifications in public health orders.

Effective Saturday, 2/6, at 9:00am: 

May operate at 50% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 50 people, whichever is less, per room excluding staff and players within their usable space.

See Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's Organized Youth Sports detailed requirements and guidance here.

Updated guidance for organized sports: 

More information and guidance for high school sports can be found on the Colorado High School Activities Association website.


Levels of Risk

The more people a child or coach interacts with, the closer the physical interaction, the more sharing of equipment there is by multiple players, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Therefore, the risk of COVID-19 spread can be different, depending on the type of activity. The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in youth sports settings as follows:

  • Lowest Risk: Performing skill-building drills or conditioning at home, alone or with family members.
  • Increasing Risk: Team-based practice.
  • More Risk: Within-team competition.
  • Even More Risk: Full competition between teams from the same local geographic area.
  • Highest Risk: Full competition between teams from different geographic areas.

To determine which sports are safer to play during COVID-19, consider:

  • Physical closeness of players during play
  • Amount of necessary touching of shared equipment and gear
  • Ability to engage in social distancing while not actively engaged in play such as when on the bench or sideline
  • Age of the player and their ability to comply with social distancing and other protective actions
  • Size of the team and field of play
  • Presence of nonessential visitors, spectators, volunteers during practices or games
  • Travel required outside of the local community

Sports that require frequent closeness or contact between players may make it more difficult to maintain social distancing and therefore may present increased risk for COVID-19 spread. For close-contact sports like wrestling or basketball, play may be modified to safely increase distance between players.

For sports that are normally played indoors such as hockey and gymnastics, coaches can focus on individual skill building or conditioning in lieu of team-based practice, limit the number of players or athletes in the facility at one time so they can space out by at least 6 feet, or conduct modified practices outdoors.

For more information about risk and recommended precautions to take, visit the CDC website.