Updated 3:03 p.m.
We’ll continue to update this story through the day.
Tennis, cross country, golf, swimming, softball and track & field are considered low-risk sports, according to new guidelines shared by the governor’s office — hours before the IHSA was scheduled to offer its own guidelines for high school sports.
The IHSA website crashed several minutes before a scheduled 2 p.m. news release was expected to be posted on the Illinois high school sports governing body’s website.
The IHSA sent out a tweet at 2:42 p.m. saying they apologized for the problems and indicating the announcement would be pushed back even further.
“We apologize for the delay and the website crashing. We appreciate your support of #IHSA sports & activities. We will be alerting member school admins of Board action from today shortly, and then sending to social media & media, along with posting on web once it is live.”
It appears those low-risk sports are the most likely to take place.
Football, wrestling and hockey are among the sports deemed high risk, thus the first to be shut down.
Basketball, soccer and volleyball are among those cited as medium risk. Cross country was listed as both a low and medium risk.
Around noon, Gov. J.B. Pritzker also announced restrictions on youth and adult sports leagues based upon the following criteria:
The newly released guidance categorizes sports into three risk levels, lower, medium, or higher, based on the amount of contact between athletes and their proximity during play.
The guidelines, effective on Aug. 15, include four levels of play allowed based on current public health conditions as well as the risk factors in each specific sport.
“As we learn to coexist with COVID-19, we must be smart and measured in how we go about it,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We want to encourage people to be physically active, but to be safe and understand the risks that come with certain activities.”
A WCIA anchor says that IHSA and Gov. Pritzker’s office have been communicating regularly, although a few reputable news sources have reported that the two offices had not clearly coordinated today’s announcements.
The levels of play are based upon outbreaks of COVID.
Only no-contact practices and training are allowed in level 1.
Intra-team scrimmages are allowed with parental consent are allowed in level 2.
In level 3, intra-conference, intra-EMS-region or intra-league play is allowed and there may be state- or league-championship games allowed for low-risk sports only.
In level 4, tournaments, out-of-conference/league play, and out-of-state play are allowed. Championship games would also be allowed at this level.
Illinois had issued guidelines for youth and recreational sports in May. These latest guidelines include adjustments that temporarily halt competitive play for most higher to medium-risk sports, pending outbreaks.
The IHSA, meanwhile, still has not announced its final decision.
It appears that Eastern Illinois University and other state schools are not affected by the governor’s decision although the Ohio Valley Conference, which oversees most of the sports run at EIU, has canceled of delayed all sports except football.
In addition, volleyball at Lake Land College was pushed back to a spring schedule, along with basketball.
All sports at Lake Land College are allotted fall scrimmage seasons.
A coach at Tuscola High is clearly livid about the governor’s reference to the school’s football program, saying the program has followed all rules and has not had a positive case of COVID thus far. You can read the entire thread on the tweet below.
|Sport/Activity||IDPH Risk||2020-21 Season||Start Date||End Date|
|Boys/Girls Golf||Lower||Fall||August 10||Oct. 17|
|Girls Tennis||Lower||Fall||August 10||Oct. 17|
|Boys/Girls Cross Country||Medium||Fall||August 10||Oct. 17|
|Girls Swimming & Diving||Medium||Fall||August 10||Oct. 17|
|Boys & Girls Basketball||Medium||Winter||Nov. 16||Feb. 13|
|Wrestling||Higher||Winter||Nov. 16||Feb. 13|
|Boys Swimming & Diving||Medium||Winter||Nov. 16||Feb. 13|
|Cheerleading||Higher||Winter||Nov. 16||Feb. 13|
|Dance||Higher||Winter||Nov. 16||Feb. 13|
|Boys/Girls Bowling||Lower||Winter||Nov. 16||Feb. 13|
|Girls Gymnastics||Lower||Winter||Nov. 16||Feb. 13|
|Football||Higher||Spring||Feb. 15||May 1|
|Boys Soccer||Medium||Spring||Feb. 15||May 1|
|Girls Volleyball||Medium||Spring||Feb. 15||May 1|
|Girls Badminton||Lower||Spring||Feb. 15||May 1|
|Boys Gymnastics||Lower||Spring||Feb. 15||May 1|
|Boys/Girls Water Polo||Medium||Spring||Feb. 15||May 1|
|Baseball||Lower||Summer||May 3||June 26|
|Softball||Lower||Summer||May 3||June 26|
|Boys/Girls Track & Field||Lower||Summer||May 3||June 26|
|Girls Soccer||Medium||Summer||May 3||June 26|
|Boys Volleyball||Medium||Summer||May 3||June 26|
|Boys/Girls Lacrosse||Higher||Summer||May 3||June 26|
|Boys Tennis||Lower||Summer||May 3||June 26|