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IHSA announces changes, moves football to spring

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(WSIL) -- The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has released its plan for sports during the 2020-21 season.

Certain fall sports, including football, boy's soccer and girls volleyball, will shift to the spring.

Only four sports will take place this fall. Those are boys and girls golf, girls tennis, cross country and girls swimming and diving.

Baseball, softball and track and field, traditionally spring sports, will shift to summer.

IHSA says all sports will be played over four shortened seasons.

The plan has been sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health for final approval.

“This plan, like nearly every aspect of our current lives, remains fluid,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “Changes may come, and if they do, we will be agile while putting safety and students first. It was important that we provide a framework today for our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and officials to begin preparing for the 2020-21 school year.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Governor JB Pritzker announced new restrictions on adult and youth recreational sports.

The new guidance categorizes sports into three risk levels - low, medium, or high - based on the amount of contact between athletes and their proximity during play.

It sets four levels of play allowed based on current public health conditions.

  • In level 1, only no-contact practices are allowed and they must be outside.
  • In level 2, indoor and outdoor practices and intra-team scrimmages are allowed but there can be no competitive play.
  • In level 3 intra-conference, intra-region or intra-league play is allowed and there may be state- or league-championship games allowed for low-risk sports only.
  • In level 4, tournaments, out-of-conference play, and out-of-state play are allowed. State championship games would also be allowed in level 4.

Mandy Robertson

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