IHSA Issues Update on 2021 Illinois High School Sports

There is still no set date for the return of high school athletics in Illinois.

High school sports in the state have been on hold since mid-November and the path forward during the ongoing pandemic still looks murky.

The Illinois High School Association met on Wednesday to discuss a possible way forward to get kids back to playing during the pandemic.

The IHSA announced that all sports not operating under an official IHSA season calendar are allowed to conduct contact days as soon as they are allowed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and local school guidance.

Once the IDPH allows for “low-risk” winter sports like bowling, cheerleading, dance, gymnastics and swimming and diving to begin, teams for those sports will be allowed to start practice immediately and then continue with their season calendar.

The IHSA board also looked at several options for a framework of the sports calendar for the rest of the school year, and scheduled another board meeting on January 27 to discuss the matter further.

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