COVID-19 Resources for High School and Youth Sports Gwen Kestrel February 25, 2021
COVID-19 Resources for High School and Youth Sports

Below you will find some general coronavirus safety recommendations, as well as other useful resources to help schools and youth sports navigate the pandemic with their groups. We know there are plenty of resources available to group leaders and hope this list is an opportunity to discover something new while answering some common questions, including best practices in supporting remote learning during school closures and how coronavirus will affect college admissions and recruiting.

We have linked some free resources for helping kids stay physically and mentally fit, as well as some leadership tips for how to lead during the coronavirus crisis.

Finally, we have included some good news stories of what individuals and programs are doing to support their community during the crisis. We have even included a few of our favorite motivational videos which you are welcome to share with your program!


Even as some regions return to play, we know our COVID-19 era is a stressful and disappointing time with the postponement and cancellation of sports and activities. Snap! Raise is here to support your program however we can. You can find out more about how Snap! Raise has adapted its process to support the changing needs of your program by clicking here.


COVID-19 Resources

Table of Contents


School leadership during the coronavirus crisis

The leadership role of educators and coaches during this crisis

“Game On: A Season of Choice” – A webinar from Betsy Butterick, “The Coaches Coach” & Communication Specialist, focused on giving coaches and administrators options to shift focus from loss, to creative ways we can leave their unique mark on this challenging time.

“Unfinished Business: 5 Insights When Your Athletic Season is Sidelined by a Pandemic” – article from who’s mission to reunite permanently-sidelined athletes with their passions and inspire them to find a meaningful way forward is currently relevant to all.

Tips on how to lead during the coronavirus crisis

Quotes from coaches and program leaders around the country on responding to the challenge of coronavirus:

Doug Soles Head Coach

Boys and Girls Cross Country and Track & Field

Great Oak High School (Temecula, CA)

USTFCCCA High School Cross Country Coach of the Year, 2005

What I’ve tried to convey to the kids is things are about to get real, things are gonna change. You expect to go to prom, go to graduation—that stuff is probably not gonna happen. I try to tell them to rely on their training. We’ve trained for events, we’ve trained for adversity. And our kids are really good at dealing with adversity.

I’ve been amazed at the toughness of our kids, at their perseverance. It’s sad for our seniors, but sometimes the societal situation is gonna trump what we’re doing in athletics. It puts it into perspective—we’re in here playing a game, and I love it, but at the end of the day, nothing is more important than the safety of our kids. Nothing is more important than the families and those families being together. We’re about to enter a time that a lot of people haven’t seen, but I think it will make this generation go from the butt of every joke for not wanting to work hard to a group of young individuals that understand how important it is to work hard, and how important it is to take care of the person living next door to you.

Sean Rowser

Head Coach, Girls Soccer

Howell High School (Howell, MI)

First-year head coach

We were planning to do a ‘Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser to kick off the season,’ but in light of things, we decided to change our direction. We’re going to focus more on giving back to the community. Somebody needs help out here, and if we can pool our resources together, we can see what we can do.

We don’t need to be sitting on the couch, sending out instructions we can do while we’re away, and have a virtual practice. We need to slow things down just a little bit. It’s about family. It’s about community. You know, these kids need a break. They need a break from instruction, from a coach, from a teacher, and just enjoy life and enjoy the things that matter.

I’m hoping that eventually, we have a season. We had an energy, we had a buzz. So, when we get back, I think the key things I’m looking for are ‘can we recreate that energy? Can we recreate that buzz that we had going, and keep on powering through?’ That was my whole thing with getting family and friends and everybody involved because I had it myself when I was in high school—there’s just nothing like it when you have all those fans cheering for you. There’s nothing like that. That’s the buzz we were trying to create, and hopefully, we can get back to that.

How to help kids stay physically fit

TrainHeroic provides pro-caliber free bodyweight workout plans to help students stay fit

To get started, simply follow these two steps:

  1. Download the TrainHeroic app for free by clicking here for iOS and by clicking here for Android phones
  2. Add your name and email, and create a password.

Mental health during the coronavirus crisis

Advice for staying mentally healthy during COVID-19

Coronavirus safety and other resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Other resources

How will coronavirus affect college recruiting and admissions?

Remote education and e-learning

Promoting equity during the coronavirus crisis

Resources for engaging young children (compiled by our friends at King County Play Equity Coalition)

Motivation in the age of coronavirus

Motivational videos recommended by the Snap! Raise team

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