New York’s travel restrictions on youth sports not uniformly followed

New York’s travel restrictions on youth sports not uniformly followed

AllStars Academy utilizes three different teams competing at the 15-year-old baseball level. The Elite squad, coached by Matt Frey, is a team that played in Georgia during the last week of June.

“We’re doing this for the kids,” Frey said Friday morning.

Traveling outside the state a month ago was rare. Mandates from the New York State Health Department, however, now prohibit such excursions.

The New York State Health Department lists a series of guidelines for sports and recreation on its website in response to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The posting was made on June 26. It reads as follows:

“Effective July 6, 2020, in regions that have reached or surpassed Phase 3 of the state’s reopening and in accordance with this guidance, participants in lower and moderate risk sports and recreation activities may partake in all types of play, except competitive tournaments requiring travel.”

Baseball is listed as a moderate risk activity.

AllStars Academy’s 15-and-under Elite team played in the Perfect Game WWBA 15U National Championships in Marietta, Ga., one of 186 squads from all around the country to compete in the event. AllStars tied for first in Pool G with a 4-1 record, completing its stay at the week-long tournament on June 30.

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo imposed travel ban order 205 on June 25, stating travelers leaving the state for more than 24 hours to a state with an elevated coronavirus positive test rate were required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning to New York. Georgia is one of the states on the list, added on June 29. Allstars was already in Georgia when the event began on June 26.

That same AllStars Academy team prevailed at the 38-team Mid-Atlantic Elite Championship, capturing the title July 13 with a 5-1 win against Sportika Gallagher (N.J.) Elite at Chelsea Heights Turf Field in Vineland, N.J. The first day of that tournament was July 9, meaning the team did not quarantine for 14 days after returning from Georgia.

“We called (organizer) Perfect Game and told them of our situation going from Georgia to New York and they said it was OK,” Frey said. “We called the Department of Health in New Jersey and they said quarantine is voluntary and it is OK to come. We definitely did research.”

New York’s guidelines, however, said they couldn’t go.

Frey said he was not aware of the New York restrictions.

“Absolutely not. Nobody told me,” Frey said. “We are not trying to be on the wrong side of this. We are trying to do the right things — not only for kids, but their health.”

In addition to a second AllStars squad at the event that began July 9, the Long Island Titans (Bayport) and the Elite Squad (Port Chester) also played at the Mid-Atlantic Championships.

“We actually quarantined in the state of New York before going to New Jersey,” said Frey, who canceled trips to both Florida and Virginia because they are states requiring mandatory quarantines upon returning to New York. “We’re not being reckless. We are there to play baseball. We’re not trying to break rules at all.”

AllStars Academy’s 14-year-old team competed in the Diamond Nation World Series, an event held in Flemington, N.J., from July 13-17. The organization’s 13-year-old team captured the Mid-Atlantic Championship July 20 in Atlantic City as one of four teams from New York to compete. The others were the HDMH Titans (Bayport), Elite Squad (Port Chester) and the NY Prospects (Staten Island).

Frey pointed out that multiple area squads have already played, or plan to compete, in New Jersey and Massachusetts this month.

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