CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- On Friday in Carterville, the Southern Illinois River to River conference (SIRR) met to discuss the future of the league.
On Wednesday the IHSAA announced there will be high school sports and will be broken down into four seasons; fall, winter, spring and summer. We caught up with Anna-Jonesboro head football coach and SIRR President Brett Detering to get his reaction on learning there will be sports this upcoming school year but also to get insight on what was discussed in Friday's meeting.
"We tried to look at each of our sports to see what that might look like in each of those seasons," Detering said. "With cross country and golf go right now but there are some limitations to see can you have a conference golf meet where there are more than three teams and cross country we haven’t gotten all of the clarification because that appears you can only have three teams so just working through all the details. Can you move your conference schedule, like volleyball, our conference schedule is played over a five week period and we feel like we can get that in to the weeks that they have so we are working through all those details and trying to finalize those things."
Fall sports gets underway on August 10, and SIRR believed it was important to meet right away to prepare for the upcoming seasons.
“The IHSA came out with guidelines Wednesday afternoon and people had time to digest them," Detering said. "We still think there will be some more guidance that will come out whether from some frequently asked questions and gave us an idea where we are at but also generated some more questions. Some AD’s (athletic directors) have been able to reach out and email some people from the IHSA to get clarification on, we’ve had conversations among ourselves so those are the types of things that were important to meet today to get ahead of those things and try to figure out what questions we have so we can try to get answers so we can lay out the best plans for our conference.”
When the IHSA announced there will be football what was your reaction?
“I was excited to have an opportunity to play seven games as opposed to zero games. As a coach you are excited and want your kids to have that opportunity to play still and even though it is like everything else now is fluid and things are changing and you’re trying to plan stuff out you have to be flexible.”