IHSA Winter Sports Announcement Set For October 28

The monthly IHSA board meeting took place today and the association set a date for a winter sports announcement and a one year allowance for simultaneous play in high school and club sports.
An announcement is expected after a special board meeting on October 28th as to whether or not the winter sports season will begin on time. Currently basketball, wrestling, boys swimming & diving, cheer, dance, bowling and girls gymnastics are scheduled to begin practices November 16th.
“We understand that student-athletes, coaches, parents, officials, and fans are anxious to learn more details about the plans for IHSA winter sports,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson in a press release. “We feel like we are making positive strides in our discussions with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to be allowed to conduct IHSA winter sports as scheduled. We believe we have a plan to do so safely and want to provide IDPH with ample time to review the winter sports plans, and supportive data, we have provided them.”
In another ruling the IHSA is giving a one season exemption for athletes to play for both their high school and club/travel teams simultaneously.
That exemption will be for the spring sports of football, boys soccer and girls volleyball.
It will extend to the summer seasons for baseball, softball, track & field, girls soccer, boys volleyball, lacrosse and boys tennis.

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