MOJO Takes COVID-19 Seriously

It’s the elephant in the room — as kids return to play, Covid is still with us.

Ben Sherwood

| 4 min read


Updated February 2022

As we embark on a huge, much-anticipated spring season, youth sports is still grappling with Covid. The challenges are both familiar and as frustrating as ever. More than 6.5 million kids age 5 to 11 have already been vaccinated, as well as another 15.6 million tweens and teens — which has been a welcome game-changer for youth sports at every level. But new variants continue to change the calculus every parent does as they decide whether, when and how best to send their kids out into the world. And politics add yet another complicated layer in communities across the country. 

As passionate champions of the benefits of youth sports for kids — social, emotional, physical and psychological — MOJO is thrilled about the return to play. We just want it to be as safe as possible. 

Here are four things that we know:

It’s safer outdoors. 

Outdoor youth sports — soccer, football, baseball, softball — are safer than indoor sports, like hockey or wrestling.

As Dr. Leanna Wen — medical expert and contributing columnist for The Washington Postpoints out, there are relatively few documented cases of outdoor coronavirus transmission. 

Close proximity and duration still matter, though — inside or out. 

Masks make a difference.

Early in the pandemic, masks became part of the uniform for many youth sports — and, depending on where you live, they may be again this spring, based on the incidence of Covid infections and also the sport.  The situation — like so many things with the pandemic — is fluid.

What happens before and after games and practice matters, too.

Youth sports are social. That’s part of the point.

So, while there are often guidelines for what happens during practice and games, what about all those moments before and after? “It would be a shame if kids were careful during a soccer match only to let down their guard in locker rooms, or if choir practice took place with masks only for them to come off during the pizza party after,” writes Dr. Wen

Her suggestion? To apply the same level of vigilance. 

The Covid situation is different in different places.

What works for soccer practice in urban New York City is not what works for basketball tournaments in suburban Seattle or what works in flag football practice in rural Nebraska. Covid protocols are established by leagues and community organizations, cities, counties and states, which is where parents must look first for the most appropriate guidance. 

A safe and sane approach to play

At MOJO, we believe the decision to play is up to you. We know that, armed with facts and the latest science, moms and dads will make the right decisions for their kids. 

And MOJO is here to help at every step of your journey.

Many of the activities in the MOJO app have Covid variations, to help players build skills, have fun and be safe, all at the same time. Every video was filmed safely, with protocols that strictly followed public health guidelines. And MOJO’s at-home training videos for soccer, softball, baseball, basketball and flag football are a great way to keep kids active and engaged when they can’t play or practice.

MOJO will also share trusted resources (like the ones below) that can help guide your thinking about how to coach and play safely.

At MOJO, we put health and safety first — because once they’re covered, you’re ready for the fun stuff.


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