By Zain Bando
The IHSA fall sports season won’t look like one’s of the past, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, students, parents, and alumni will witness boys and girls golf, boys and girls swim and dive, cross country, and boys and girls tennis fill the void over the next few months. At its weekly board meeting, the association approved a modified postseason, according to a press release.
The approved plan will allow for one round of geographical competition, which is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 19-25. Official details regarding each state series will be released in the near future, as it is currently being finalized and under review. It will follow all IDPH guidelines related to the pandemic.
“The IHSA office is charged with the responsibility of being a good steward of the Association’s finances,” said executive director Craig 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.”
The Board also approved a $100 state series fee for any school or individual who qualifies for the postseason.
A “hate speech” policy was approved by the IHSA, which can be read here, along with a request to increase the budget for the 2020-2021 school year when sports officially return.
UI7 Live and Illini Sports Night will have more when information becomes available.