One day after the IHSA announced its blockbuster return to play calendar for high schools, the SIJHSAA Board of Control announced their member Jr. High and middle schools will be playing fall sports as scheduled with certain restrictions.
In baseball and softball the SIJHSAA has established that members can practice and play games in accordance with the Phase 4 reopening guidelines established by the state of Illinois. The association’s new rules follow the IHSA’s. There will be a max of two contests per week at each level. There can be three games in a given week if there is a doubleheader.
Spectator limitations will be enforced according to IDPH guidelines.
A state series has been discussed however the SIJHSAA left it as “State Series TBD.”
As for cross country, they will be allowed to practice and compete also. They are limited to the two meets per week standard like other sports for both 7th and 8th grade classifications.
Last week, the IESA announced they were cancelling their fall sports seasons and not looking to reschedule them later in the fall. However, after the IHSA ruling and the guidelines set forth by Governor J.B. Pritzger yesterday, the IESA has stated on their website they are reconsidering their decision to cancel fall sports.
The IESA governs junior high and middle school sports for most of the northern two-thirds of the state while the SIJHSAA governs sports for most of the southern two-thirds of the state of Illinois.
Triad, Collinsville, Maryville Christian, and Sts. Peter & Paul all belong to the SIJHSAA.