The Illinois High School Administration (IHSA) announced on Friday, July 3rd, that the Stage 2 Return To Play Guidelines have been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The IHSA also announced that they will also now refer to the guidelines as the Phase 4 Return To Play Guidelines to match the Restore Illinois plan verbiage and the Phase 1 Return To Play Guidelines that were implemented on June 5th will also now be referred to as the Phase 3 Return To Play Guidelines. These guidelines go into effect as of July 5th, 2020.
IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said, “Safety remains at the forefront of everything that the IHSA is doing as we move into Phase 4 and beyond. We appreciate the collaborative efforts of the SMAC and IDPH in recognizing the physical, mental, and emotional benefits for our student-athletes and coaches as they progress into training in a more traditional practice setting. Our focus now shifts to continuing to work with state leadership to determine how to provide the safest environment possible for fall sports.”
Previously only groups of 10 were allowed in Phase 3 and now groups of up to 50 will be allowed. There were other significant changes with Phase 4 including allowing the use of sport specific equipment and competitions. Games are allowed to take place either inside or outside, but there are certain restrictions that will be in place. Multiple groups of 50 are permissible for contests held outside, but only if they’re spaced at least 30 feet apart. Indoor games, the group limit for everyone remains at 50 except for fans. Spectators are allowed, but there will be a 20 percent capacity limit for the venue that must be enforced.
To read the Phase 4 Guidelines, please click here.