Why not have a program that establishes a project to create new sports that are low impact and keep players at least 6 feet apart for play during pandemics like Covid-19 to help with emotional, physical, and economic wellbeing? It can be done.
Do an internet search for:
National Museum of American History New Gender-Neutral Sport That Keeps Players Separate
Here is some information for your staff, clients, associates, viewers, schools and communities can use to create new sports.
Some of the reasons school sports and recreational activities were cancelled, suspended, or postponed during Covid-19 were:
1. Players being too close
2. Players together too long.
3. Too many players.
4. Sharing equipment with the head and hands.
Below is some information to help individuals, families, schools, and communities create new sports and recreational activities for play during pandemics like Covid-19:
1. Think of your favorite sports.
2. Think of ways to keep players separate at least 6 feet.
3. Add and or take away equipment.
4. Change the rules.
5. Come up with penalties, and bonus points.
6. Create a score sheet. (Consider individual and team tracking).
7. Give it a name.
8. Have fun creating it.
9. Share it.
If 100,000 people spend one hour on creating a new sport that keeps players separate for play during pandemics like Covid-19, that would be over 11 years of project time in just one day. When schools are cancelled for weather, teachers' strike etc., how many students are kept home in one year? What if each one worked just one hour on such a project?
How many of CPB staff members and associates have ever played sports? Do you remember all the benefits of playing them whether it was just for fun in the neighborhood, practice at school, or competition? How many have children who's sports programs, events, and activities were cancelled, suspended, or postponed during Covid-19?
New sports can be created to help prepare society for the next pandemics but there has to be collaboration.
The new sports should:
1. Keep players separate at least 6 feet apart.
2. Have no head contact with shared equipment.
3. Be adaptable for those with a disability.
4. Allow different ages and genders to be on the same team. (A parent and grandparent could play, practice, and compete with their child. A Big Brother Big Sister could play, practice, and compete with their little brother little sister).
5. Be playable in the backyard, driveway, parking lots, park, playgrounds, athletic fields and courts, gymnasiums, running tracks, convention centers, exhibits halls, music venues, cruise ships, disaster relief and refugee areas etc.
6. Be for individual and team play.
7. Be competed in-person and remotely.
8. Be playable in just a couple minutes for those with busy schedules or less fitness but also longer for leagues and more playing.
9. Playable inside and outside in the winter, spring, summer, and fall.
The sport could be used for fundraising and uniting the school and community. It could be used to bring attention to other local, national, or global challenges. It could be used during a going away celebration or in memory of a loved one.
If we ask: "What will happen to sports and recreational activities if we have another pandemic like Covid-19 tomorrow?" Are we prepared to allow society to play together in physical activity while maintaining social distance?
It doesn't matter what business, school, or community creates the new sports. What is important is that they get created and put into national and global play before the next pandemics. Come countries will eventually create these new sports based on research and experience with pandemics. This opportunity was missed during the 1918 pandemic.
Reading / research material includes but no limited to:
1. National Geographic: October 2005, June 2006, August 2020, November 2020.
2. Book, Kid Athletes, Sports Legends
3. Book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Shot
4. Book, Devoted, A Father's Love For His Son
5.Book, Tiki & Ronde Barber, Wild Card
6. Book, The Sports Book , The Games, The Rules, The Tactics, & The Techniques
7. Book, Webster's Sports Dictionary
8. Book, B. G. Hennessy, The Olympics
9. Book, The Games Do Count, Brian Kilmeade
10. Book, First Things First, Kurt & Brenda Warner
11. Book, Quiet Strength, Tony Dungy
12. Book, Larry Bird Drive
13. Book, My Life Earvin "Magic" Johnson
14. Book, The TB12 Method: How to Do What You Love, Better and for Longer - by Tom Brady
15, Book, The Great Influenza, John M Barry