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No basketball in winter high school sports return, IHSA says

The IHSA Board will meet to determine when winter sports contests can begin.
(WIFR)
Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 11:28 AM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Basketball will not be returning with other high school sports this winter, according to the Illinois High School Association on Tuesday.

Basketball is considered a high risk for COVID-19 transmission. No games are scheduled. The IHSA Board will meet on Jan. 27 to determine when winter sports contests can begin.

The IHSA’s Return To Play Guidelines were developed by the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee in collaboration with the IDPH.

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Below are the number of practice days each sport will need to complete prior to playing their first contest:               

  • Badminton: 7 practice days after first practice               
  • Bowling:  7 practice days after practice               
  • Competitive Cheer:  7 practice days after first practice               
  • Competitive Dance:  7 practice days after first practice               
  • Girls Gymnastics:  7 practice days after first practice               
  • Boys Swimming and Diving:  7 practice days after first practice

“Phase 4: Some Regions have moved from Tier 1 to Phase 4. At this time, we are considering them one in the same. IDPH currently has no Phase 4 guidance posted and we believe that previous Phase 4 guidance we have from IDPH has likely expired. We will follow-up as soon as we know more.

Fall, Spring & Summer Sports: Please keep in mind that fall, spring, and summer sports can begin IHSA contact days beginning on Jan. 25. Their allowable actions are also addressed in the chart on the aforementioned IHSA COVID-19 page.

Season Start Date (for determining end of non-school team participation): In normal circumstances, a student-athlete would need to terminate contact with a non-school/travel team within seven days of their first high school practice. Given that the entire state is not yet afforded the same opportunities, any low- or medium-risk winter sports that are starting practice will not yet count toward the time when they must cease participation with non-schools teams. We will announce a universal start that will align with the seven-day window for travel sports following the next Board meeting.

Weight Room: Schools in Phase 4, Tier 1, and Tier 2 can conduct weight training with masks and social distancing. Schools in Tier 3 would remain limited to one-on-one training with a coach and student-athlete.

Gathering limitations: They are some contradicting numbers from IDPH about gathering limitations for sports and weight-training ranging from 10 to 25 to 50 people. We’ve been told IDPH will up-to-date information for us tomorrow on this subject that we will pass along then,” according to the IHSA.

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