The IHSA just posted some considerations for fall sports, which includes potential state series dates, new rules for officials, coaches and athletes, as well as changes to how events are held.

The IHSA suggests that cross country coaches keep Saturday, Oct. 24 as an open date for a potential state race.

Here are some other considerations for cross country, as stipulated by the IHSA:

• Courses must be at least six feet wide at its narrowest point, three feet wider than in the past.

• Coaches and officials must wear face coverings at all times, but runners are not required to do so during races.

• Runners must be spaced at least six feet apart at the starting line. If courses cannot accommodate this distancing, then staggered starts must be used.

The IHSA tells schools to rely on the pre-determined dates for a state golf tourney, which are Oct. 16-17 for both girls and boys.

In addition, handshakes, fist bumps and hugging are not permissible in golf, or any sport. Some other considerations for golf:

  • Scorecards must bagged and given to participants by a tournament volunteer/manager.  Participants will keep score for all players in their group.
  • Tournament volunteers/managers must wear masks at starting tees.

The IHSA also plans to have a state tennis tournament, telling coaches to keep Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24 open for potential postseason events.

Some other considerations offered by IHSA for tennis:

  • It is suggested that tennis balls get disinfected by spray (such as Lysol or Clorox) at the conclusion of play. Using new balls on a regular basis is highly encouraged
  • Tennis players should each use a new can of balls for matches and only serve their own tennis balls.

Oct. 24 is likely the date for a potential state swim meet. Coaches are told to keep that date open.

Some other considerations for swimming:

  • Relays will be prohibited. Because of this, swimmers will now be allowed to enter into a maximum of four individual events per meet, one more than in previous years.
  • Meets must be run so that no more than 50 athletes, coaches and officials are on the deck at the same time.
  • Timers must wear at least cloth coverings while electronic whistles must be used.