Fall High School Sports Plan Released

The Illinois High School Association board met Wednesday and has decided what to do with fall sports.

The major changes occur with three sports.

Football, boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball are being moved to the spring. The start date for those three sports will be February 13 with the end date of May 1.

Four fall sports are not affected, boys and girls golf, girls’ tennis, boys and girls cross country and girls swimming and diving. They will play their regular late summer-fall schedules.

The IHSA will allow baseball and softball in the spring, with the seasons going from May 3 to June 26. The same dates apply to girls’ soccer, track and field, and boy’s tennis.

Boys’ soccer will be from February 15 to May 1.

Basketball continues in the winter from November 16 to February 13.

Also on Wednesday, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced sports guidelines.

Football and competitive cheerleading are included in the “higher risk level,” dictated by the amount of contact between athletes and their proximity during play.

Those sports, which include wrestling, are allowed only non-contact practices and trainings only.

The “medium risk level” includes basketball, soccer and volleyball. These sports allow intra-team scrimmages, non-contact practices and trainings, but no competitive play.