The IHSA Board approved a plan to conduct a single round of regional geographic competition at the end of October, meaning state high school championships won’t be held.
The modified postseason series tournaments will be offered for golf, cross country, girls swimming & diving, and girls tennis this fall the week of Oct. 19-25.
Most events, the IHSA says, will be held Saturday, Oct. 24.
“The health and safety of the student-athletes, their coaches, and their school communities has been our priority from the start of the pandemic,” IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said in a statement sent to media. “Throughout the spring and summer, we looked for ways to re-engage student-athletes with their peers and coaches, and our membership has shared countless positive experiences from that initial ‘return to play’ period. We have found similar value in being able to conduct fall sports, and believe the participants deserve a culminating experience if we can offer it safely.”
The IHSA says it will release details for each fall state series tournament in the coming weeks, including dates, schedules, awards, structure, and additional safety precautions.
The IHSA Board also approved a $100 state series entry fee for any school entering a team or individual in any of the fall sports, the first such fee since 2004-05.
Said Anderson: “The past few months have seen a significant reduction in the IHSA’s income, given the cancellation of the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals and the entire spring season. Financial challenges remain on the horizon in 2020-21 due to the limited number of sports currently classified as ‘low risk’ by the state, making the chances of conducting full state series tournaments unlikely at this time.”