The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, where the Board announced that all IHSA sports not operating under an official IHSA season calendar may begin to conduct contact days as soon as they are allowable per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) mitigations and local school guidance. Contact days normally exist within the IHSA as informal voluntary offseason workouts. Thursday, January 14, 2021
ILLINOIS — Steve Endsley, Executive Director of the IESA, announced on Tuesday afternoon that junior high boys basketball and girls volleyball seasons have been delayed again. Wednesday, December 30, 2020
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 14, 2020, where the board provided an update on contact days and reiterated that a timeline on sport schedules for the remainder of the school year will be forthcoming following discussions with state officials. Tuesday, December 15, 2020
After the IHSA board meeting on Wednesday, December 2, the IHSA provided another winter sports schedule update. The statement by Executive Director Craig Anderson was as follows:
“Given Governor Pritzker’s current mitigations, the Board has no expectation of starting low risk winter sports prior to January. The Board and IHSA staff will continue to monitor the Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation in effect currently. When there is a timeline for the state to emerge from these restrictions, the Board is prepared to restart lower risk winter sports quickly. In addition, the Board hopes to reestablish contact days in January for any winter sports that cannot begin, as well as spring and summer sports. The introduction of the contact days will be based on mitigations from the Governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health at that time. Further guidance on contact days limits will be established at a future Board meeting. Thursday, December 3, 2020
After Tuesday's announcement that Tier 3 mitigations will be back in place beginning on Friday, the IESA provided a winter sports update for all of its schools. IESA Executive Director Steve Endsley said the following: Thursday, November 19, 2020
After Governor J. B. Pritzker announced that Illinois will be seeing to increase COVID-19 mitigation efforts beginning on Friday, IHSA's Executive Director Craig Anderson issued a statement addressing their concerns about winter sports. Wednesday, November 18, 2020
The IESA sent out a press release on Tuesday evening to provide an update on their winter schedule. The full release is as follows:
"The IESA Board of Directors met on Monday, November 9 to address the the winter and spring sports schedules after the announcement two weeks ago by the Governor's Office that basketball had been moved to the higher risk category of the Illinois All Sports Policy and the subsequent announcement by the IHSA that they are planning to move forward with their basketball season as scheduled in November. We all are trying to make decisions without knowing what the future holds. Truly, all we can do is attempt to give direction to our membership based on what we know today and somehow still plan for the future of the Association. Not an easy task. Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Wednesday was an unprecedented day for Illinois high school sports. For months, the IHSA has gone along with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s recommendations as they relate to sports and activities during COVID-19. Yesterday, though, the IHSA defied the Governor and announced that they intend to move forward with the winter basketball season as initially planned. The IHSA decision came one day after Pritzker designated basketball as a “high-risk” sport and placed new restrictions on it.
The IHSA board of directors and Executive Director Craig Anderson issued the following statement regarding Wednesday’s decision: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Back in July, the IHSA called a special board meeting to discuss the future of fall sports amid the ongoing coronavirus. Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illiniois Department of Public Health (IDPH), though, released their own set of guidelines just hours in advance of the official IHSA decision.
Now, with the high school basketball season approaching, that same scenario played out again yesterday. Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled virtual meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020, where the Board provided a timetable on winter sports decisions, and also voted to provide a one-time accommodation to the IHSA’s Independent Team By-law (3.100) in some sports.
The Board set a special board meeting for October 28 to announce more details about winter sports. Tuesday, October 20, 2020