Practices are ongoing and games are being scheduled as high school sports ramp back up again in Illinois amid the COVID-19 pandemic
High school basketball can tip off as soon as possible; football to start practices in early March
The IHSA Board of Directors on Wednesday is expected to announce scheduling for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, something Jane Stillman and others are anxiously awaiting.
Brian Brooks coached the last area high school boys' basketball team to win a state title, and the St. Joseph-Ogden Superintendent is hopeful high school athletics will return this school year: 'Let's try to do as much as we can for these kids'
It can be confusing to figure out what the latest announcements about high school sports actually mean for athletes.
An acclimatization schedule has been approved for lower-risk winter sports, and contact days are available to fall, spring and summer athletics on an unlimited basis.
Lower-risk sports can compete out of conference, medium-risk sports can compete within conferences and higher-risk sports can hold intra-team scrimmages.
Lower-risk winter sports will receive a season start date soon, while the likelihood of events being held in higher-risk sports this school year continues to decrease.
The IHSA Board of Directors' latest meeting resulted in no change to the status of high school sports, which have been paused since mid-November.
Wednesday's IHSA Board of Directors meeting is expected to include discussion about scheduling athletic seasons for the remainder of this school year.
'As adults, we all had our chance at these high school experiences. I just feel terrible for our kids that don't even have a choice in the matter.'
IHSA officials hope to have low-risk winter sports in competition after the new calendar year begins, but basketball remains in a state of flux.
They signed national letters of intent with California-Berkeley women's swimming and diving and Tennessee-Martin men's track and field, respectively.
The IHSA Board of Directors on Monday also approved club sports-related rules that will allow for some flexibility in multiple ventures.
IHSA representatives on Monday released a document indicating guidelines for and addressing questions about the organization's new fall contact days.
IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson indicated last month postseason events may take on more of a regionalized approach. If they happen at all.
Competitors in spring and summer ventures — especially volleyball in the spring (Feb. 15-May 1) and baseball and softball in the summer (May 3-June 26) — may have difficult decisions to make.
'It’s going to be important for coaches to share those days and get those kids something to do but we’re not wearing them out,' Unity athletic director and football coach Scott Hamilton said.
The following sports are among those that will happen in the spring, between Feb. 15 and May 1: Football, volleyball, boys' soccer.