BW’s Corona Rules for Children and Youth in Sports – SWR Sport

Can unvaccinated youth participate in the training? When do children need to be tested before exercising? The new Corona law on biological weapons raises questions. We have the answers.

They run, laugh, scream, and play. More than 50 children and youth train at the FV Germania Plittersdorf stadium near Rastatt on Tuesday evening. Before training takes place here again, young captain Tobias Gross works through countless emails at home at the kitchen table. He has pages and pages of concepts, recommendations, or regulations printed on the kitchen table. This consumes “enormous time” for all the volunteers in the clubs.

Sheets provide, for example, for watching parents to register via the app or for coaches to check participant lists.

“Now with these new regulations, if something like that comes up, then ten hours a week easily disappears.”

The new Corona decree in Baden-Württemberg entered into force on September 16 and differentiates between three levels of the epidemic, which are based on the so-called occurrence of seven-day hospitalization and occupancy of intensive care beds (AIB) with Corona patients: basic level, warning level and alert level.

The basics up front: There is still a requirement to have a mask. It applies to children under the age of five who always maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters outdoors and when playing sports.

Otherwise, the provisions basic level: There are no restrictions on access to training in the outdoor sports facilities – neither for children, youth, nor for adults. In closed rooms, for example in the cabin, the 3G regulation applies, that is, access only to athletes who have been vaccinated, cured or tested. Therefore, some of the clubs SWR Sport spoke to are holding their team meetings outside and moving the dressing room outside – as long as the weather continues.

Since students in Baden-Württemberg are tested twice a week in face-to-face classes anyway, they are also considered a test for club training. As confirmed by the Ministry of Health when asked by SWR Sport, a student ID card, diploma or school certificate is sufficient to show a student’s status. In this way, schoolchildren will have access to sports facilities – outdoors and indoors – in all three phases of the pandemic.

Even if the Standing Committee on Immunization (STIKO) has already issued a vaccination recommendation for children and youth from 12 years of age, this regulation also allows unvaccinated schoolchildren to participate in sports, among other things.

in the so-called Warning level 3G rule applies outdoors for adults. In closed rooms, the test should be a PCR test. However, the same applies to students: the test from the school is also important. Children under the age of five do not have to provide any evidence in any case. For young people who no longer go to school, an antigen test is sufficient until their eighteenth birthday; They don’t have to show a more complex PCR test at the warning level.

at alert level Only those who have recovered and who have been vaccinated can access the sports facilities. However, there are also special regulations for children and young people: children under 5 years of age and up to enrollment age are exempted from the obligation to provide evidence, for schoolchildren, testing from school is sufficient and young people up to this age of 18 only have to take an antigen test.

Taking a look at the current vaccination rate in Baden-Württemberg, infection can develop in the coming autumn and winter months in such a way that Warning level A seven-day hospitalization rate of eight or an intensive care bed occupancy of 250 was reached. However, scenarios from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) also show that with the currently circulating variants of the coronavirus, the highest level, alert levelmoderately unlikely (12 occurrences in hospital for seven days or an intensive care bed occupancy of 390).

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Regulations for children and young people apply not only to sports, but also anywhere access and participation over 3G or 2G is regulated. However, it is of great importance, especially for club sports. It enables regular cultivations in the Nascent Zone – even if the aura numbers rise again.

The Ministry of Health in Baden-Württemberg justifies the fact that young people under the age of 18 who are no longer in school do not have to submit a complex PCR test or, in the case of 2G, can still participate in sports at the speed of the test, with the fact that some of these young people live socially in disadvantaged conditions. “These should be given access to sport, not least because of the social role of sport.” Moreover: “This situation does not exist for other groups of people, but they can also be vaccinated without any major problems in order to access sports facilities.

For adult athletes, 3G and 2G regulations apply without exception. Therefore, unvaccinated people risk “the continuation of the game in amateur football,” according to a press release from the Württemberg Football Association. 32 of the 1,270 matches played in the Federation region have been cancelled. There is a particular risk of infection as many people are not vaccinated. The goal is for the game to continue in the federation even if the alert level or warning level occurs in Baden-Württemberg. This is linked to the federation’s resumption of clubs to promote vaccination in order to continue to have enough athletes eligible to play – even if rules are tightened in the level of warning and warning.

FV Plittersdorf feels comfortable

Tobias Groß of FV Plittersdorf has worked through the new Corona Regulation and is pleased with the revised Corona rules for children and youth. The fact that student status or rapid antigen testing of all persons under the age of 18 throughout the pandemic is sufficient to enable training makes the organization easier for the volunteer youth leader.

Young people “off the streets”

Tobias Gross and all the coaches also know how important their work is: “Children are far from the streets, in the village they say they do not sit on the steps of the church stairs, they have a similar mission here, a proper community and they are also parents I know they are in good hands and where they are going.”

This is how FV Plittersdorf enjoys regular training with coaches, parents and above all players – which can happen again reliably and with a lot of fun.

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