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Basketball Speculation Reversed; Wrestling Delayed by IHSA

What a difference 24 hours makes…for some.
Yesterday Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker alluded to the idea that higher risk sports like wrestling, ice hockey and, as of yesterday, basketball, would have the start of their high school seasons put on hold.
Today the IHSA Board of Directors voted to allow boys and girls basketball to begin as scheduled in November 16th with competitions beginning November 30th. Those games must be within their COVID region or within their conferences.
Basketball Speculation Reversed; Wrestling Delayed by IHSA
“I’m excited for our student athletes and think this was the right decision by IHSA,” said Triad boys basketball coach Jeff Guidry. “We will continue to take all the necessary steps to keep our kids safe and prepare them for what we hope will be a great experience for them.”
As for the general public, the release stated the board will review spectator and group gatherings during November.
“The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors made the decision today to continue with the IHSA basketball season as scheduled in 2020-21,” said a release from the IHSA Board. “In August, the Board slated basketball to take place from November to February based on the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) assigning a medium risk level to the sport. The IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) offered additional mitigations, such as masks during play and social distancing on benches, that the SMAC believed would allow basketball to be played safely.”
While basketball received a green light wrestling received a red one until the new summer season.
The wrestling season will begin practice April 19 and carry on through June 26.
Previously established lower risk sports will also begin as scheduled in November. They include boys swimming and diving, cheerleading, dance, boys and girls bowling and girls gymnastics.

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