Outdoor mask mandate remains for youth sports in RI unlike Mass.

Abby Walsh possesses the ball for East Greenwich during a high-school lacrosse game against Prout on Monday. At left is Olivia Barber, and at right is Saoirse O'Connor.

While Rhode Islanders have the green light to ditch their face coverings in most places indoors and outdoors, the state is still requiring young people to mask up while playing outdoor sports until at least July 1. 

That decision has some parents, coaches and players baffled, especially since the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association last week dropped its mask requirement for all outdoor sports.

“These poor kids have been really pummeled the last year and a half,” said Sheryl Green, a parent of two high-school-aged daughters who play sports. “It’s at the point we have so much information and data now that we just can’t figure out why the pandemic is kind of over for everyone else, except for them.”

More:New question in RI: mask or no mask? Here’s how some folks are making the decision.

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