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Connections: Could the pandemic permanently change youth sports culture?

The pandemic could permanently change youth sports in America. And according to CITY Newspaper editor Dave Andreatta, that might not be a bad thing. Andreatta writes that the quarantine has led many parents to realize just how out of control the youth sports schedules have become. Now that the kids can't play on travel teams, they're able to just... play, at home or in the yard.

So when the pandemic ends, should the manic youth sports schedule end with it? Can we throttle back? Our guests weigh in:

  • Dave Andreatta, editor ofCITY Newspaper
  • Dr. Katie Rizzone, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedics and pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Craig Cypher, sport psychologist and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Lafayette Eaton, president of East Rochester Youth Soccer, and parent of three children who play multiple competitive sports
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.