(WSIL) -- The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has revamped the high school sports schedule for the remainder of the year.
The IHSA Board of Directors met for a special board meeting on January 27, 2021, where the Board provided an updated sports schedule and other guidance for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
“We understood the high level of anticipation surrounding today’s announcement, along with the scrutiny that will accompany it,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “Ultimately, the Board adhered to its stated goals throughout the pandemic: providing an opportunity for every IHSA student-athlete to compete safely this year and maximizing opportunities for traditional IHSA spring sports after they lost their entire season a year ago. I recognize that many schools and coaches could likely offer a tweak here or there that would have, in their opinion, made it ‘better’ for their school or sport. Our Board faced an impossible task with a litany of factors. They were conscientious in considering every possibility and I believe their decisions today are a positive step for the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of our students. We are excited to channel our energy into creating as many positive experiences for Illinois high school students as we can between now and the end of this extraordinary school year.”
The Board approved the following schedule for the remainder of the school year:
|Sport||IDPH Risk||Practices Start||Practice Dates|
|State Series||End Date|
|Boys/Girls Basketball||Higher||ASAP||7 dates||No State Series||March 13|
|Boys Swimming & Diving||Lower||ASAP||7 dates||No State Series||March 13|
|Dance||Lower||ASAP||7 dates||Virtual (2/27 & 3/6)||March 13|
|Cheerleading||Lower||ASAP||7 dates||Virtual (3/6 & 3/12)||March 13|
|Boys/Girls Bowling||Lower||ASAP||7 dates||No State Series||March 13|
|Girls Gymnastics||Lower||ASAP||7 dates||No State Series||March 13|
|Badminton||Lower||ASAP||7 dates||TBD||April 3|
|Boys Soccer||Moderate||March 1||7 dates||No State Series||April 17|
|Football||Higher||March 3||1st Game March 19||No State Series||April 24|
|Girls Volleyball||Moderate||March 8||7 dates||No State Series||April 24|
|Boys Gymnastics||Lower||March 15||7 dates||TBD||May 22|
|Boys/Girls Water Polo||Moderate||March 15||7 dates||TBD||May 29|
|Baseball||Lower||April 5||7 dates||TBD||June 19|
|Boys/Girls Lacrosse||Higher||April 5||7 dates||TBD||June 19|
|Girls Soccer||Moderate||April 5||7 dates||TBD||June 19|
|Softball||Lower||April 5||7 dates||TBD||June 19|
|Boys Tennis||Lower||April 5||7 dates||TBD||June 19|
|Boys/Girls Track & Field||Lower||April 5||7 dates||TBD||June 19|
|Boys Volleyball||Moderate||April 5||7 dates||TBD||June 19|
|Wrestling||Higher||April 19||7 dates||No State Series||June 12|
The Board is considering State Series competition for traditional IHSA spring sports only. Dance and cheerleading will be allowed to conduct virtual Sectional and State Final meets, as they will record their performances and submit them to be judged.
With the exception of football, which requires individuals to participate in practice on 12 different days, all sports will be required to hold practice on seven different days prior to holding a contest. Holding multiple practices on a date does not impact that timeline.
If student-athletes transition from basketball or boys swimming & diving into football, they will need to participate in practice on 10 different days prior to their first contest.
Winter sport contests could begin as early as Wednesday, dependent on when a school’s Region reached the appropriate mitigation status and when they began practices.
IHSA guidelines require all student-athletes to participate in masks (with the exception of swimming & diving, gymnasts on an apparatus and outdoor events where social distancing can occur) and for all game personnel not participating in the contest to also wear masks and adhere to social distancing.
All sports that are out-of-season can conduct contact days through June 4. Contact days are limited to three days per week per sport with a maximum of six hours of contact per week with no interscholastic competition.