Local Sports Archives for 2020-07

IESA Board Of Directors Votes To Cancel Fall Sports

The Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Board of Directors held a special meeting yesterday and voted unanimously to cancel fall sports for the 2020-21 school year and they will not be rescheduled. The sports that have been canceled are boys and girls golf, boys baseball, girls softball, and boys and girls cross-country. The Board has did not make a final decision on a girls basketball season. They will meet again in late August to make that decision.  

Lawsuit Filed Against IHSA Over COVID-19

The IHSA is facing a lawsuit today saying that the Illinois High School Association “promulgated rules beyond their authority” and violated Illinois law. Thomas Devore, who has filed multiple lawsuits against the state including Governor JB Pritzker filed the lawsuit in Montgomery County. The lawsuit says that parents have to either agree with the IHSA on their rulings or be denied the opportunity to play sports. 


The IHSA just recently filed guidance about playing sports with the virus, including wearing a facemask for all indoor activities, limiting the number of people in attendance, social distancing rules and more. 


To see the lawsuit click here:





IHSA And IDPH Announce Changes To Phase 4 Of Fall Sports; Eliminates Scrimmages

After releasing guidance on phases last week, the Illinois Department of Public Health along with the Illinois High School Association is backtracking now from guidance put out previously. Regional Radio News has learned of emails that were sent to Athletic Directors earlier today that highlighted guidelines for fall sports. 


The original update that came out announced that the IDPH and the Governor’s Office modified the Phase 4 return to play guidelines. The changes were: There cannot be any contact drills/physical contact among athletes.  All personnel must wear masks and there must be a strict 50 person limit to all indoor activities which includes spectators.


After that email was sent out, updates to what had been put out were sent in a follow-up email. It was announced that the ISBE had learned that the Governor’s office had approved the following to coincide with the earlier message: Students participating in physical activity outside while social distancing are NOT required to wear a mask. The changes to the Phase 4 guidance were to be implemented as soon as possible.  The approval of these changes was a formality as they had been directed by IDPH to implement those changes. The changes will eliminate scrimmages in sports that require physical contact such as basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.


This story is still very fluid and developing. The IHSA was unavailable for comment. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more as it becomes available.

Shelbyville Football Schedule Announced

The Shelbyville Football Schedule was announced. The Rams start their season at home in a non-conference matchup with the Cumberland Pirates out of Toledo. The Rams have 9 games with 2 Non-Conference matchups.  The Rams finished 3-4 in the Central Illinois Conference and 4-5 overall last year.



Aug. 28 – Cumberland, 7 PM (Non-Conference)


Sept. 4 -- @ Oblong, Hutsonville, Palestine, 7 p.m. (Non-Conference)


Sept. 11 -- Clinton, 7 p.m.


Sept. 18 -- @Tuscola, 7 p.m.


Sept. 25 -- Warrensburg-Latham, 7 p.m.


Oct. 2 -- @Meridian, 7 p.m.


Oct. 9 -- @ Sullivan-Okaw Valley/Bethany, 7 p.m.


Oct. 16 -- @St. Teresa, 7 p.m.


Oct. 23 – Central A & M, 7 p.m.

Taylorville Football Schedule Announced

The Taylorville Tornadoes Football Schedule has been tentatively released. The Tornadoes will spend their first 3 weeks on the road starting off the season at Mount Vernon before coming back home on September 18th. The Tornadoes will wrap up their regular season on October 23rd at home against Bethalto Civic Memorial. The Tornadoes finished 5-5 and 3-3 in the Apollo Conference last year. This year, the Tornadoes have 3 Non-Conference Games out of their 9 games.


Aug. 28 -- at Mount Vernon, 7 p.m. (Non-Conference)


Sept. 4 -- at Mahomet-Seymour, 7 p.m.


Sept. 11 -- at Lincoln, 7 p.m. 


Sept. 18 -- Collinsville, 7 p.m. (Non-Conference)


Sept. 25 -- Mattoon, 7 p.m.


Oct. 2 -- Mount Zion, 7 p.m.


Oct. 9 -- at Effingham, 7 p.m.


Oct. 16 -- Charleston, 7 p.m.


Oct. 23 -- Bethalto Civic Memorial, 7 p.m. (Non Conference)

IHSA Releases Phase 4 Return To Play Guidelines

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

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