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An Update Regarding IHSA Fall Athletics

(Please note: the information below applies to high school IHSA athletics and does not apply to middle school athletics. Additional information regarding the status of middle school athletics will be provided in the near future).

The IHSA Board of Directors met this week to discuss the status of IHSA fall athletics. At this time, the sports listed below will continue this fall while operating within Phase 4 Guidelines.
  • Boys and Girls Golf - in groups of 50 or less where multiple groups are distanced a minimum of 30 feet apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID-19 Region or within a conference.

  • Girls Tennis - in groups of 50 or less where multiple groups are distanced a minimum of 30 feet apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID-19 Region or within a conference.

  • Boys and Girls Cross Country – in groups of 50 or less where multiple groups are distanced a minimum of 30 feet apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID-19 Region or within a conference.

  • Girls Swimming - less than 50 in attendance with multiple groups distancing 30 feet apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID-19 Region or within a conference.

Spectator and group gatherings will be subject to the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines during this time.

Fall sports that are not able to comply with Phase 4 guidelines, including football, volleyball, and boys soccer, have been rescheduled to take place in 2021. Fall contact sports would take place between the traditional winter and spring seasons. 

The table below (from the IHSA website - IHSA.org) outlines the new IHSA schedule for the 2020-21 school year:

Sport/Activity IDPH Risk Traditional Season 2020-21 Season Start Date End Date
Boys/Girls Golf Lower Fall Fall August 10 Oct. 24
Girls Tennis Lower Fall Fall August 10 Oct. 24
Boys/Girls Cross Country Lower Fall Fall August 10 Oct. 24
Girls Swimming & Diving Lower Fall Fall August 10 Oct. 24
Boys & Girls Basketball Medium Winter Winter Nov. 16 Feb. 13
Wrestling Higher Winter Winter Nov. 16 Feb. 13
Boys Swimming & Diving Lower Winter Winter Nov. 16 Feb. 13
Cheerleading Higher Winter Winter Nov. 16 Feb. 13
Dance Higher Winter Winter Nov. 16 Feb. 13
Boys/Girls Bowling Lower Winter Winter Nov. 16 Feb. 13
Girls Gymnastics Lower Winter Winter Nov. 16 Feb. 13
Football Higher Fall Spring Feb. 15 May 1
Boys Soccer Medium Fall Spring Feb. 15 May 1
Girls Volleyball Medium Fall Spring Feb. 15 May 1
Girls Badminton Lower Spring Spring Feb. 15 May 1
Boys Gymnastics Medium Spring Spring Feb. 15 May 1
Boys/Girls Water Polo Medium Spring Spring Feb. 15 May 1
Baseball Lower Spring Summer May 3 June 26
Softball Lower Spring Summer May 3 June 26
Boys/Girls Track & Field Lower Spring Summer May 3 June 26
Girls Soccer Medium Spring Summer May 3 June 26
Boys Volleyball Medium Spring Summer May 3 June 26
Boys/Girls Lacrosse Higher Spring Summer May 3 June 26
Boys Tennis Lower Spring Summer May 3 June 26
 
Additional IHSA Guidance can be found HERE.