Illinois High School Association makes call on fall sports
The Illinois High School Association has decided to postpone fall sports until spring. The Board of Directors held a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss the plans for the upcoming school year as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This plan, like nearly every aspect of our current lives, remains fluid, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said, according to Rivals.com. “Changes may come, and if they do, we will be agile while putting safety and students first. It was important that we provide a framework today for our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and officials to begin preparing for the 2020-21 schools year.”
Football, boys soccer and girls volleyball — sports labeled as “high risk” — will be moved from fall to spring. Boys and girls golf, girls tennis, cross country and girls swimming and diving will continue to be played in the fall as “low risk” sports.
According to the report, the IHSA Board of Directors believes that moving the plan proposed on Wednesday will give student-athletes at the high school level the best opportunity to participate in sports.
Illinois’ announcement comes just a few hours after the state’s neighbor to the East — Indiana — opted to move forward with fall sports as planned.