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home : sports : local events December 3, 2020

HSA gives 2nd winter sports update
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


IESA gives winter sports update
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

IHSA responds to Pritzker's November 17 update
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

IHSA Board of Directors invite state officials to meet
On Wednesday afternoon, the IHSA Board of Directors met. The organization provided an update after their meeting, and it reads as follows:
Thursday, November 12, 2020

IESA gives winter sports update
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

IHSA defies Pritzker, says basketball will be played
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

Pritzker, IDPH label high school basketball "high-risk"
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

IHSA sets special meeting for winter sports discussion
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

IHSA issues statement after TRO hearing
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) appeared as the defendant in a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) hearing in DuPage County’s 18th Judicial Circuit Court on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

The TRO sought to rescind the IHSA Board of Director’s decision to implement modified seasons in the fall, winter, spring, and summer in 2020-21 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ultimately, the Honorable Paul Fullerton ruled in favor of the IHSA and did not grant the TRO.

Friday, October 2, 2020

IHSA allows golf, XC sectionals
In a press release sent out by the IHSA on Wednesday, the organization announced that it will allow Sectional competitions for golf and cross country.

"The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors announced on September 23, 2020, that they have voted to expand the IHSA State Series in two fall sports, adding a second round of postseason play in boys & girls golf and boys & girls cross country.”

Thursday, September 24, 2020










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