Despite Governor JB Pritzker putting in restrictions on sports, the IHSA has gone ahead and announced their sports seasons for school this year, albeit with a little twist. The IHSA announced Wednesday afternoon that certain fall sports will be moved to the spring. The Governor issued restrictions around noon saying that the IHSA and IESA would be limited to what they are allowed to do.
The IHSA is going ahead with their plan to play all 4 condensed seasons however, with football, girls volleyball, and boys soccer moved to the Spring 2021 season. The fall sports schedule will be from August 10th to October 24th. The winter season will be from November 16th to February 13th. The spring season will be from February 15th to May 1st. The summer season will be from May 3rd to June 26th.
Fall sports will consist of golf, girls tennis, cross country, and swimming. Winter sports will consist of cheerleading, basketball, dance, bowling, and girls gymnastics. The spring season will consist of football, boys soccer, and volleyball. Summer sports will consist of baseball, softball, track & field, boys tennis and girls soccer.
IHSA Director Craig Anderson says that he is pleased to be able to come up with a plan for everyone but was unaware that the Governor was going to talk first.
Anderson said that he had taken great stock in what other states have been doing to make his decision.
Groups of 50 or less will have to be distanced by at least 30 feet and crowds will have to follow IDPH guidelines and competitions must fall in a COVID region or a conference matchup and spectators will have to follow current IDPH guidelines.
The board discussed other IHSA activities such as drama, chess, journalism, and other events but did not take any action. For a full look at the press release issued today click here.