IHSA Backtracks to Phase Four Reopening Guidelines

The IHSA today continued to switch directions with its Phase 4 return to play guidelines.

In a statement widely discussed on Twitter today, the IHSA has amended its guidelines for returning to athletic competition. 

The state association sent an email to school administrators late this morning detailing the new guidelines. However, the IHSA has not publicly announced these changes.

According to Michael O’Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times, changes include no physical contact between athletes during any type of summer contact situation. This effectively ends any basketball scrimmages and 7-on-7 or inside run scrimmages in football for the time being. 

The IHSA issued a statement that all participants (coaches and athletes) must wear a mask during summer contact days. This statement has caused a great deal of confusion. It is believed that masks are only required indoors, however a further clarification is necessary. 

Lastly, the IHSA has placed “a strict 50 person limit to all indoor activities.” Included in that directive is players, coaches, spectators.

In other news, the Sun-Times reported that yesterday the Chicago Public Schools had been given the green light to open up Monday, July 13th  An online meeting for CPS schools was scheduled for this afternoon, but has been cancelled in light of the new IHSA policies.

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